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How to record and save ABEMA's missed programs and pay-per-views

Kaya | Chief Editor
Published: 2022.07.06 Updated: 2022.07.07

Have you ever wanted to record ABEMA (formerly known as AbemaTV)?

This article will certainly shed some light on whether or not you can record ABEMA content!

There's a table of contents on the left, so you can genre to the part you're interested in!

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Is there a fee to watch ABEMA? Is it free?

ABEMA offers the following content

  • Programs broadcast on "TV" [all free of charge
  • Programs that you can miss [some free].
  • ABEMA videos [mostly free
  • Rentals 【Pay-per-view】.
  • Pay-Per-View (Online LIVE) 【Paid】.

Can I watch ABEMA programs for free?

All programs being broadcast on ABEMA TV can be viewed for free.

In addition, some programs can be missed for free after they have finished airing. Programs that are available for free viewing are marked with a " free" symbol in the lower left corner of the program image. The viewing deadline is indicated at the bottom of the program title.

Many ABEMA videos are available for free.

About ABEMA Premium, a paid plan

Once you subscribe to ABEMA Premium, you will be able to watch all the programs and ABEMA videos you have missed.

This paid plan costs 960 yen per month (including tax), but you can watch most of the content without registering.

For first-time registrants, there is a 2-week (14-day) free trial (trial registration).

When the free trial period ends, you will automatically continue with ABEMA Premium for 960 yen (tax included) per month.
If you do not wish to continue, you may cancel ABEMA Premium at least 24 hours prior to the end of the free trial period without incurring any fees.
Even if you cancel within the free period, you can still use ABEMA Premium until the date and time your free trial ends.

About ABEMA Rental and Pay-Per-View

ABEMA Rental and Pay-Per-View services can be used by purchasing ABEMA Coins, regardless of the plan.
ABEMA Premium users can also purchase ABEMA Coins for a discount on the rental price.

Can I record ABEMA content?

No. ABEMA's content cannot be recorded.

ABEMA does not have the ability to record or make reservations, and even if you use a recorder, the screen will go black.

The recording screen is black! Why?

HDCP is the cause.

HDCP stands for " High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection," and in Japanese it is a copyright protection technology that aims to "prevent unauthorized copying of digital content.

In short, it is a technology that prevents the copying of digital audio and video content that is connected to an HDCP connection. Connection types include DisplayPort (DP), Digital Visual Interface (DVI), High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), Gigabit Video Interface (GVIF), and Unified Display Interface (UDI), and other less popular or now obsolete protocols.

To put it more simply.

HDCP-enabled services such as ABEMA can only be played on HDCP-enabled terminals; HDCP-connected video cannot be recorded."

You cannot record videos with an HDCP connection.

So is it impossible to record and store ABEMA content?

No, it is possible!

You can watch the programs you have added to ABEMA's "My Videos" at any time you like, but not when the communication environment is poor (offline viewing).

You cannot record ABEMA productions with ordinary recording tools or software, but it is still technically possible.

In this article, we will introduce a collection of preservation methods that can achieve this and support all types of models, including tools that allow you to download ABEMA videos.

How to download and save ABEMA content on your phone

Once you register for ABEMA Premium, the " Video Download Function" becomes available.

The "Video Download Function" is a function that allows you to download video data in advance under a Wi-Fi environment, thereby reducing the amount of communication required for viewing to almost zero.
This function can be used with smartphones/tablets running iOS 11.0 or later or Android 4.4 or later. In short, this feature is not available on computers.

How do I download and watch ABEMA videos on my smartphone?

  1. Tap the download button on the detail page of the work you like.
    *Downloading will begin.

  1. Menu button
  2. or from My Page, tap [Download
  3. Tap the play button of the work that has already been downloaded to play it.

6 Limitations of ABEMA's "Download Function

  1. Free plans cannot download.
  2. Up to 25 programs can be downloaded.
  3. You will not be able to watch a program if its viewing period or plan expiration date has expired.
  4. Downloaded videos cannot be saved to SD card.
  5. Cannot be downloaded on a computer.
  6. You need to renew your license occasionally.

No restrictions; record and save ABEMA content on your computer.

If you use a dedicated download tool called MyConverters, all the previously mentioned limitations will be removed.

Advantages of MyConverters

1. high quality output

The quality of downloaded videos can be 720p, 1080p, 4k, and even 8k. For cinephiles who pursue unparalleled video quality, MyConverters is indispensable. It is also possible to download videos as MP4 files with high sound quality such as AAC 2.0.

2. subtitles and multiple languages

MyConverters can output audio and subtitles in multiple languages, including English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. You can also remux subtitles into your video or save subtitle files separately in SRT format. 3.

3. high value for money plan

For $19.9 per month, you can use MyConverters to download movies from all OTT platforms without ads. That means you save about $90/month for not re-subscribing the following month.

How to download ABEMA content using MyConverters

1. visit the official MyConverters website, download and install the software.

2. launch MyConverters and change the language to Japanese. 3.

Go to "VIP Service" and click on "ABEMA". 4.

Go to the page of the video you want to download. (You may need to log in to view the video. 5.)

5. customize the quality of the video you want to download, etc., and click the "Download" button.

How to watch recorded ABEMA content

Recorded ABEMA content is saved in MP4 or MKV and can be moved and viewed on any device with an SD card.

For viewing on a computer, we recommend the "VLC Media Player" video player.

To watch on your phone or TV, please use an SD card or other device to move the video file before watching.

For those who want to record and save videos from other video services

MyConverters is not only for ABEMA, but also for Nico Nico Douga, Netflix, U-NEXT, Hulu, FOD, Paravi, dTV, Disney Plus, TELASA, Amazon Prime ... You can download videos from 500+ sites, so please give it a try!