- They have a paid account to a Movie site (like Netflix etc.)
- Are unable to watch movies online, just because the video-streaming is just too slow
- Either because your convenient times are 'peak' times for the server
- Or, you are behind a painfully bad ISP
- And are able to download the movie, as an option.
To such customers, downloading the movie overnight (using for e.g. wget) would be a big help!
I regularly use this, to download the movie, and watch with non-tech people (my kids) who can't be explained why the movie keeps 'Buffering'!
-O KD1242.mp4 \ # Output filename
-t 0 \ # Retrying indefinitely
-c -T 10 \ # Reconnect + Timeouts are 10 seconds
-w 10 \ # wait 10 seconds before retrying a disconnection
Windows binaries for GPL'ed GNU software (such as Wget) are heaven sent here:
And if you need a Big-TV experience (for e.g. if you have a Chromecast), you could stitch things together by using the Google Cast extension for your Chrome Browser, and open up "c:\" on the browser to play the movie directly in the browser (since VLC stream is still in Beta):
- ChromeCast Extension for your Chrome Browser: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-cast/boadgeojelhgndaghljhdicfkmllpafd?hl=en
If by chance you're downloading videos via torrents (For e.g. NASA videos), here are my GPL recommendations for Windows:
- Deluge: If you haven't seen this, you should really replace your uTorrent etc. clients with this one
- Use the Streaming Extension (Github Link)
- Copy the URL that the Extension provides + Paste to Chrome
- Cast your tab to your Chromecast + Enjoy!