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
Jan Martin Mathiassen commented
I've set my PA so it only adds the podcasts to the playlist when they're downloaded. This might be what you're looking for.
Colin Hemming commented
I must admit that I find it annoying when it flashes a message up saying to download the episode first instead of just getting on with downloading it. I would, however, only want it to do so according to the rules about WiFi/mobile data as my plan is very small by today's standards because I barely use my phone while travelling. If an episode cannot be downloaded, I would love it if it skipped it for now (or move a subsequent entry in the playlist up, if available already), rather than just halt.
I think for PodcastAddict it could be integrated with the playlist. Simply add a playlist option to download episodes when they are added to playlist, whether explicitly or otherwise.
Playlist is often annoying to me when I'm offline because some episodes there are downloaded and some not, depending how/when they got added.
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.