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Delaying download to a later time

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Delaying download to a later time

If I wanted to download a large file in the early hours of the morning, what do I need to do in order to make this happen without having to get up at some silly hour as the compute will probably go into standby?  Is it possible?  Thanks.
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

where from and which operating system
Surfer
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

Win 7 and want to download Sky On demand
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

Moved to the Windows board and I don't know how, not having Sky, but others will I am sure
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

First you'll need to change the power settings on your computer via the control panel > power settings. You'll need to disable the standby feature after X minutes.
Then you will need a download manager program. I use Flashget which will allow you to set a date and time to start a file download. It's a great download manager and the best of all that I've ever used. In the options there is a schedule tab that allows you to select the days and times to start and stop downloads. When you input a new download you will see near the bottom a radio button called scheduled which will then use the days / times you set in the options.
I used to do this all the time on 56k as it was the only real way to download stuff overnight and flashget always did the job brilliantly for me.
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Surfer
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

Thanks.  Very helpful.
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

If it helps, here's a very quick graphical demo of how to use it / setup scheduling:



Then (if you're downloading immediately or later in the night) you'll see this:

Finally, when it's finished, you need to click this:

Select the downloaded file, then press CONTROL + ENTER. Flashget will open up a windows explorer file to your downloads directory and highlight the file for you.
One thing to note about Flashget is that it supports pause and resume so if it doesn't finish your download by the time the "stop downloading at" time is reached, it will pause it and continue it when the "start at" time comes around again. It's a very good download manager and I've never found one yet that can match it. If you want to download in the day you can also manually set a speed limit for the download so that you can still use your internet for other things.
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

Thanks Sprite, a nice little guide that may be useful for many users.  Smiley
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

Slightly off topic....
You can set up a SKY+HD box to delay downloading, through a menu, but you have to start the downloads yourself...
What you would need to do is set up your list of recordings from On Demand.
In your planner, you have a tab called "Downloads", in here the blue button option at the bottom of the menu will be to "Pause All".

You should "Pause All" after setting up the first download, all others you add will then be paused too.

If you pause the downloads until the time you want to be able to schedule them to download (ie at midnight), then when you want to download them, un-pause the list by pressing the blue button in the download tab.    MANUALLY..... once, to un-pause all      
If you are asleep at midnight, or otherwise engaged, just start the downloads early in the morning, say 6am.
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

@sprite:- thanks, good information and guide Roll eyes
Surfer
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

Any idea on how long it would take to download a 2 hour film if your speed is on average during the day about 5mb?  Thanks for all the useful advice.
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

In standard definition, probably about an hour.

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Surfer
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

So if we factor in and extra 30 minutes for HD, we should be okay?  Thanks.
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Re: Delaying download to a later time

I think you'll find HD may take 3x as long as an SD download, it certainly uses 3x more HDD space on SKY+HD.

BBC iPlayer HD tend to be double SD size mb downloaded to computer..