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Remove DRM! How to record U-NEXT movies? There's even a way to download them!

Kaya | Chief Editor
Published: 2022.07.07 Updated: 2023.03.23

Have you ever wanted to record U-NEXT?

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


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

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Does it cost anything to watch U-NEXT? Can I use it for 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. These works can be enjoyed without a U-NEXT account.

Unfortunately, there are very few such free works available now. Also, some devices are not compatible with some of them.

To view most of U-NEXT's content, you need to register for a monthly plan or pay a separate fee.

About U-NEXT's paid monthly plans

Once you register for U-NEXT's monthly plan, you can watch all unlimited viewing and real-time streaming.

The price of this paid plan is 2,189 yen (tax included).

First-time registrants can experience a 31-day free trial.

Monthly fee will be charged from the month that the day after the free trial period ends belongs to. But if you cancel within 31 days including the registration date, no monthly fee will be charged, and you can cancel (cancel) at any time.
Also, within the free trial period, you will not be able to watch immediately after cancellation. If you wish to watch until the last day of the trial period, please cancel on the last day.

About U-NEXT Point Movies and Live Streaming

U-NEXT point works are works that incur a separate fee for viewing. A separate fee will be charged even if you are using a monthly plan. There are two genres: rental works and purchased works.

U-NEXT's live streaming is live content that includes dance championships and various artists' live performances recorded and broadcast live with high-quality sound and images. 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 contents cannot be recorded.

You cannot record U-NEXT content such as live streaming, and even if you use a recorder or other device, the screen will go black.

My recording screen went black! Why?

HDCP is the cause.

HDCP stands for " High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection," which in Japanese 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 U-NEXT can only be played on HDCP-enabled terminals; HDCP-connected video cannot be recorded."

This is what it means.


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

Yes, it is possible!

U-NEXT allows you to watch programs by missing delivery, etc., but not when the communication environment is bad (offline viewing).

It is not possible to record U-NEXT works with ordinary recording tools or software, but it is still technically possible.

In this article, we will introduce a collection of storage methods that can achieve this and support all types of devices, including tools that can download U-NEXT videos.

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

U-NEXT has a " download function " available.

The "download function" allows you to download content while connected to Wi-Fi, so that you can enjoy it even when you are out and about without worrying about the amount of data you will need to download, even when there is no signal.
This function can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet. In short, this function is not available on PCs.

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

Display the title details screen or the episode list by operating the application, and then 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.

No restrictions, DRM removal, recording and saving U-NEXT content on your computer

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

Advantages of MyConverters

1. high quality output

The quality of downloaded video 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 U-NEXT 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 Services" and click "U-NEXT". 4.


Go to the page of the video you want to download and play it. (You may need to log in to watch the video. 5.)


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

*Automatic download of new episodes is also available!



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

1. launch MyConverters and go to "Home".

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

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


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 and watch it on any device with an SD card from the destination.

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 not only U-NEXT, but also NHK Plus download,Asobi Stage download,Disney+ download,Prime Video download, andNet also Teletext download. So, please give it a try!