What is the local download and cache option?
A local download option is available under: Gaia → Settings → Downloads. This option consists of two tools, both with a fully integrated downloader manager that can be accessed from within Gaia.

Firstly, the manual downloader lets you retrieve files from streaming and debrid servers and save them to your local drive. If the option is enabled in the settings, an entry is added to the context menu of each stream in the results list. These streams can then be downloaded on demand to be viewed at a later stage. If you have a slow internet connection with a lot of buffering, you might consider manually downloading the files and only view them once finished. You can manage the list, pause, stop, delete, or access the stream through: Gaia → Tools → Downloads → Manual.

The second option is the automatic cacher. In essence this is just like the previously discussed downloader, except that downloads and streaming is handled for you. If you have caching enabled and start a stream, the file is downloaded to your local machine in the background. While the download is still busy, streaming is started from the unfinished file. Hence, this option allows you to stream while keeping a local backup at the same time. This feature is useful for slow internet connections. Kodi's player often streams slowly with constant interruptions from buffering. This is because Kodi only buffers a short period ahead and has very few connections to the server. Kodi therefore does not fully utilize the available speed of your connection. When using the local caching option you will often retrieve files a lot faster, since downloading is done at full speed

The caching also allows you to locally backup a file to a network storage device. If you have multiple users or media centers in your house, you can keep a copy of the stream on the network storage. If you continue watching at a later stage, or someone else in the house watches the same thing, the local copy can be accessed , saving you internet bandwidth since the video does not have to be retrieve twice over the internet. You will obviously need some disk space available for this to work. The caching option also has a storage manager built into it. You can set the maximum storage space that the tool is allowed to use, and if the storage is full, old files will be deleted automatically to free up some space for the new content. Hence, your create s small local cache of all your streams, according to your available disk space. Note that this option is still in an experimental phase. Especially the free storage detection of network drives is not fully supported on all operating systems.
Last Updated: 06 Jan 2018
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