Download before playing
Even Sticher has this. There should be a download before play option. I never want to actually stream anything, just take 5 seconds and download the podcast first. Automatic download settings do not cover my use case and I want specific individual podcast episodes to be downloaded directly before playing
This could be an option in setting to change the behavior of the play button. Once checked the play button would download and play instead of streaming. I apologise if this is already a feature I couldn't find it
Look in settings. Afaik, you can turn off streaming. I never stream podcasts, so I must have turned that off a long time ago. On the other hand, the download button is right next to the play button on the individual episode screen. That might be the reason I never stream. It's just so easy not to.