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How to record and save U-NEXT movies without blacking out.

author-avatar Yu Suzuki | Chief Editor
Published: 2023.07.04 Updated: 2023.07.04

Have you ever wanted to record U-NEXT?

This article will help you find out if you can record U-NEXT!

Video distribution service U-NEXT

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Is there a fee to watch U-NEXT? Is it free?

The following video content is available on U-NEXT:

  • All-you-can-watch movies (monthly plan)
    • Exclusive Movies
  • Point Movies (extra charge)
    • Rental Movies
    • Purchased Movies
  • Real-Time Delivery (Monthly Plan)
  • Live Streaming (Ticket Purchase)
  • Free Movies

Can I watch U-NEXT programs for free?

U-NEXT has a category called Free Delivery Movies. You can enjoy these titles even if you do not have a U-NEXT account.

Unfortunately, the number of free downloads is currently very limited. In order to view most of U-NEXT's content, you will need to subscribe to a monthly plan or pay a separate fee.

About U-NEXT's paid monthly plans

If you subscribe to U-NEXT's monthly plan, you can watch as many unlimited movies and live broadcasts as you want.

The fee for this paid plan is 2,189 yen (tax included). If you are signing up for the first time, you can experience a 31-day free trial.

The monthly fee will be charged from the month that includes the day after the free trial period ends. However, if you cancel within 31 days (including the date of registration), you may cancel (log out) at any time without incurring a monthly fee. Also, during the free trial period, you will not be able to watch the service immediately after cancellation. If you wish to continue watching until the last day of the trial period, you must cancel on the last day.

About U-NEXT Point Movies and Live Streaming

U-NEXT Point Movies are movies that incur a separate fee when viewed. A separate fee will be charged even if you have a monthly plan. There are two types of works: rental works and purchased works.

U-NEXT Live is a content service that records and distributes live performances of dance championships and various artists in high sound and image quality. Tickets must be purchased separately even if you are using a monthly plan.

Can I record U-NEXT contents?

As it turns out, U-NEXT content cannot be recorded.

U-NEXT contents cannot be recorded, such as live performances, so the screen will go black even if you use a recorder.

The recording screen went black! Why?

One reason is HDCP, which stands for High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection, a copyright protection technology designed to "prevent unauthorized copying of digital content.

Basically, the technology prevents the copying of digital audio and video content via an HDCP connection. Connection types include DisplayPort (DP), Digital Visual Interface (DVI), High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), Gigabit Video Interface (GVIF), Unified Display Interface (UDI), and other less common or outdated protocols.

Simply put, " HDCP-enabled services such as U-NEXT can only be played back on HDCP-enabled devices, and video from HDCP connections cannot be recorded.

HDCP Connection

So is it impossible to record and store U-NEXT content?

No, it is possible!

It is possible to watch missed U-NEXT programs, but not when the communication environment is poor (offline viewing). It is not possible to record U-NEXT works with general recording tools or recording software, but it is technically possible.

In this article, we will introduce you to the best preservation methods suitable for various devices, including tools that allow you to download U-NEXT videos.

How to download and save U-NEXT content on your smartphone

A " download function" is available for U-NEXT.

The "download function" allows users to download content while connected to Wi-Fi, allowing them to enjoy content on the go without worrying about data transmission volume, even in places where there is no signal. This function can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets. In other words, this function is not available on PCs.

I want to download U-NEXT works on my smartphone! How to operate?

Use the app operation to display the title details screen or the episode list, and tap the download icon to start downloading.

5 Limitations of U-NEXT's "Download Function

  1. Works cannot be downloaded on a computer.
  2. Some titles are not available for download.
  3. The playback period is up to 48 hours.
  4. Playback will be disabled after account deletion.
  5. Downloaded movies cannot be saved to SD card.

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2. subtitles and multilingual

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.

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

How to download U-NEXT content using MyConverters

1. go to the official MyConverters website, download and install the software.

2. go to "VIP Services" and click on "U-NEXT". 3.

U-NEXT Access with MyConverters

Go to the page of the video you want to download and play it. (You may need to log in to watch the video) 4.

Play videos in MyConverter's built-in browser

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

*New episodes can also be downloaded automatically!

Customize the videos you want to download within MyConverter

5. you can see the video you are downloading in the "Downloading" section.

Videos being downloaded are shown in the "Downloading" section.

How to download U-NEXT contents by URL for more convenience

1. start MyConverters and go to "Home". 2.

2. click on "Paste URL" in the upper right corner. 3.

Paste the URL of the video page you wish to download into the URL field. 4.

Download U-NEXT videos by URL using MyConverter

Customize the quality of the video you want to download and click the "Download" button.

How to watch recorded U-NEXT contents

Recorded U-NEXT content is saved in MP4 or MKV format, so you can move it from the destination to any device with an SD card for viewing.

For viewing on a computer, a video player called "VLC Media Player" is recommended. To watch on your phone or TV, please use an SD card or other device to move the video files before watching.

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

MyConverters supports downloading not only from U-NEXT, but also from other sites.

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