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How to Record, Download and Watch The CW Offline, Commercial-free

Finally The CW is launching an app! But, wait – it only has the most 5 recent episodes and has tons of commercials. What if you miss an episode – how will you catch up? So, how can you download The CW shows? Read on, we'll tell you how you can record The CW videos as .mp4 files. that you can easily move to any device to watch offline anytime.

Option 1. Record The CW with the PlayOn Cloud Mobile Streaming DVR App

Record and download streaming videos with PlayOn Cloud for iOS and AndroidPlayOn Cloud for iOS and Android devices is a mobile app that lets you record and download from streaming services like The CW and more. Initiate recordings from your mobile device from anywhere and we'll notify you when your recording is complete. Recordings will be temporarily stored in a complimentary cloud "locker" and available for download from anywhere on any device.

Just install the app from Google Play or the App Store, browse to the show you want to record on The CW, and click on record. The app is free to install — all you pay is a low per-recording fee.
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Option 2. Record The CW with PlayOn Desktop on your PC

PlayOn Desktop is software for your PC that acts as a streaming DVR (SVR) and media server in one. It lets you record any YouTube video you'd like – it's similar to how a DVR works for your TV. The CW videos are recorded and saved as .mp4 files to the hard drive on your PC. You will be able to easily move your .mp4 recordings to any device to watch any time – even offline. Plus you can even cast The CW recordings to your TV.

Record The CW and watch ad-free in just 3 easy steps.

  1. STEP 1 Download and install PlayOn.
    Download PlayOn for Windows, hit “Save File” then click on the PlayOn.exe file to install it. Follow the installation instructions and you’ll be recording CW shows in moments.
  2. STEP 2 Find the CW show you want to record and hit the Record button.

    Click on the show you want and hit the Record button.

    While PlayOn is recording, you can use your PC to do whatever you like and PlayOn will make the recording in the background. When the recording is complete – you will receive a notification.

  3. STEP 3 Cast your recording and skip the commercials.
    Once your recording is complete, click Cast to watch it on your Roku, FireTV, Chromecast or other device. Then click on Cast with AdSkip to skip the commercials.


Once you have recorded your CW video, you can also:

  • Download your CW movie or show to your iPad or iPhone through the send to iTunes button. Watch ad-free with the PlayOn Mobile app (get it free in the iTunes store).
  • Download your CW video to any Android device or other PC by moving it from the Windows File Explorer directory. Watch ad-free with the PlayOn Mobile app (get it free in the Google Play store).
  • Set up a subscription to automatically record new episodes as soon as they are released by clicking on Subscribe where the shows are listed.
  • Watch the CW any time – even offline!

Now – you'll never miss a CW show again – and you won't have to sit through commercials. This is the way TV Should be.

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