the most frequently asked questions regarding many Smartphones
is: Can I watch movies and television shows on my device. The
answer is an absolute YES!
as easy as clicking on the "Watch a First Run Movie On My Droid"
button? No. But it ain't rocket science either.
Once upon a time, there was a
website (which shall remain unnamed) that converted many of the
popular premium cable shows and movies to a format that you
could just download and drag to your Smartphone. Due to the fact
that the webmaster didn't have all of the proper permissions
from HBO, Showtime, 20th Century Fox and others...he was shut
I missed almost an entire
season of "Dexter" and "Weeds" because of this. That can't be!
As I'm sure many of you are
aware, there are a number of websites which allow you to watch
movies and television shows online (including
but my absolute favorite is fastpasstv.com. There you will find
scores of movies and virtually any network or cable television
show you can think of. All free to watch online.
I've tried to do some
research on the legality of this site, and so far I can't find
anything that indicates that what they are doing this is
So, now you've found the
movies and television shows you want, but how do you get them on
your Droid (or other Smartphone)?
Well, if you visit
fastpasstv.com, you'll notice that each show you are looking to
watch has a number of feeds (DivX, FLV, Megavideo) from which to
choose. If you've downloaded the DivX player (which I recommend)
that's my first pick unless there happens to be a Megavideo
Technically, you can watch
the FLV direct feed on your Droid now, but unless you're on a
WiFi network it's pretty slow unless you wait for the entire
video to load before viewing. And I'm not sure that it will
load completely due to file size. It will however easily fit on
your SD card and have room for a few dozen episodes or movies.
So, how do you get a viewable
copy of a TV show or movie on your Droid? The solution is a bit
time consuming, but relatively simple.
First, search for video
capture software. There are a number of free ones but some are
limited in time, others just suck. After trying a bunch, I ended
up purchasing Replay Video Capture. (It was only $39.95 which I
thought was a reasonable price to be able to watch all the
movies and videos I wanted on my phone.) The best free option I
found was Debut Video Capture, but the sound was usually out of
The video capture software
allows you to copy any video you have running on your screen.
So, all you do is make a rectangle around the area on your
screen which is playing the video, hit play on the video and
record on your and you're on your way.
But, not so fast! Unless you
want to have video of your computer buffering the video, I
recommend that you let the entire video load prior to your
Now, to add to the hassle,
once it's loaded (which can sometimes take as long as the actual
program) you have to restart the video and capture software and
record it in real-time.
And this is VERY important!
During the time you're recording your video you cannot use your
computer for other tasks. Why? Because that little video capture
box that you created around your video screen will record
anything that is behind it on the monitor. So, if you jump over
to your gmail account to check your mail, it's going to record
the rectangular center of that page.
The Replay Video Capture
software saves the file as a WMV, which plays just fine on my
Droid. After the recording is completed, you must hit Stop (it
doesn't know when you're done), and then re-name the file (ex:
Then, hook up your Droid to
your computer via USB, turn on the storage and drag the new
video to whatever folder you use to watch video on your device.
I generally run through this
procedure when I have other chores to do around the house and
won't be needing my computer for a while.
Once you see the great
quality that you get on your Droid, you may find that it's well
worth the hassle to see all the free movies and TV shows you
want, wherever you want.
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