I've tried with the stock Podcasts app, and Downcast. No joy, even though I have background app refresh turned on both both apps. I have to load (either) app, and only then will the downloads successfully begin. I've also changed the frequency of checking for new content to hourly, but this makes no difference. I'm sure if I was to leave the apps suspended in the background, that would work. However, if that's the case then I'd have to leave EVERY app suspended in the background and that's just ridiculous. Especially with the lag/stutter issues with iOS 9. Anyway, if anyone can help me out here I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance ... By the way, Downcasts is a great alternative to the stock Podcasts app. Syncing between devices is SPOT ON and as of yesterday's update, it now supports PIP.