The second issue also applies to hbo.com videos, but is not limited to there. Dedit.tv, vidreel.com and others (where I also cannot get hold of a video to download it) will not buffer and finish buffering and let you watch the video. I mean, on most sites, (youtube, etc.), you can wait for a video to buffer at least halfway and then watch it with rarely an interruption. If you try it on these other sites you can get maybe 10% of it buffered, but then it stops and if you hit the play button you have to start all over again. It never buffers entirely! Or even halfway!
I use Flashgot and Downthemall to download videos from most sites, then watch them at my leisure on vlc. These apps can grab videos from youtube, stagevu, putlocker, sockshare, divxstage, movreel and many others, no problem. But not from hbo.com, vidreel, dedit.tv or others of their ilk.
So, if I can't download the videos from those sites (and the specific videos are not always available on any download-friendly sites), then how can I deal with the constant-buffering/non-buffering issues?