Aug. 29, 2014
When folks consider streaming as an alternative to cable, the discussion most often revolves around what they'll miss...what are they able to watch with cable that they might not be able to watch without? For today's post, I'm going turn that around...what can one watch streaming, that isn't available via cable?
The answer: a crap ton
My family ditched cable nearly 6 years ago...It took some getting used to at first, but after a while we came to realize just how much we could stream, that we would've never found flipping through channels on our cable box. As a cable subscriber, choices were made for us...and we naturally gravitated toward the 'new' shows.
Here at Channel Master headquarters, we dig on The Muppets. We recently rented and watched the latest Muppet movie (Muppets Most Wanted, available via Amazon VOD). After watching, my wife and I couldn't keep the nostalgia at bay and found ourselves wanting to watch some classic Muppet Show episodes with the kiddos.
For those of you with cable, try searching for The Muppet Show. To make it easy, you can use these links for the Time Warner and Comcast/Xfinity programming guide:
Time Warner Program Guide
Comcast Program Guide
Find anything? No? Neither did I. :)
Now paste the following into the address bar of your browser:
Disco! Virtually every full episode of The Muppet Show available to stream.
You can use that url as a template and replace 'muppet' and 'show' with anything you might be looking for – just insert a '+' between each word. For example, looking for The Great Space Coaster?
Just use this:
After you've found the shows you're looking for, you can use the PlayOn browser extension to mark, cast or record.
You can even create custom channels by clicking on the 'Edit' button in the PlayOn browser window and then creating a new folder with a custom name. Then add episodes of the same show to that specific folder (by clicking on that edit button when marking each video). Now, when browsing the PlayMark channel at your TV, rather than just seeing a YouTube folder loaded with videos, you can browse folders specific to each show.
Enjoy...and happy streaming!
Mine's Sgt. Floyd Pepper, by the way ;)
Aug. 21, 2014
Normally we reserve our blog space to tell you about the latest PlayOn and PlayLater updates, our favorite online plugins and channels and new tips and tricks that make it easier to cut the cable cord. Today, we’re turning the tables and asking an unusual request from you, our readers and brand advocates.
We love TV streaming and one of our key goals here at PlayOn is to improve online streaming, make it easier for TV and movie lovers to access all the great content that is available online on their TV, phones and tablets, whenever and wherever. We’ve worked hard to develop PlayOn, PlayLater and MyMedia to help accomplish this and continue to evolve our products to meet your needs.
We also work hard to spread this message among influencers and TV streaming enthusiasts that can help us change the way we think about TV, how we pay for it and how we watch it. This is where you come in.
We have submitted two panels to the 2015 SXSW Interactive conference, a huge show that takes place in Austin Texas that focuses on talks and presentations around emerging technology. Both of our panels will address issues around cutting the cord and online streaming and how we can solve them. Rather than having a panel of SXSW judges decide who is most qualified to be on the panel agenda, they turn it over to their audience to make the decision and cast their vote. Whether you’re attending or not, the public gets to vote on the speakers and topics they would most like to see represented at SXSW, and we would love for you all to vote for our panels.
Creating an account to vote is easy: head on over to SXSW Panel Picker, fill in some basic info and you’re free to cast your vote. (See our panel voting links below). Voting will go through September 5th. If you have a question for any of our panelists or would like to hear more about a certain topic, please leave us a comment. Even if you don’t plan on attending SXSW Interactive, we will share our thoughts on each of the panels here on the blog so you can join in the conversation.
Thanks for your help with this! We’ll keep you updated on the selection process and will let you know if you can find us at SXSW 2015!
Aug. 14, 2014
We love Roku here at PlayOn and we know a lot of you do too. This is why we are especially excited about today’s announcement.
Many of you know MyMedia as our free software application that lets you stream your personal media files (music, home videos and photos, etc.) to your TV via the Roku. With today’s update MyMedia users now have two new options:
- Stream in HD! That’s right. Have a movie saved to your hard drive that is high definition? MyMedia now lets you stream that file in HD on your TV.
- Cast to your TV. We are really excited about this one. The new MyMedia channel offers a $4.99 in-channel upgrade that will give you Chromecast-like functionality, making it possible to cast web videos directly from your PC to your TV. Want to get the latest episode of Under the Dome on your TV? Cast it through MyMedia and your Roku. See a video on Funny or Die and want to share it with your family? MyMedia’s webcasting upgrade can help with that.
You can download MyMedia in the Roku Channel store here. The MyMedia web casting capability can be purchased directly through the channel. Just click on the banner at the bottom of the MyMedia screen on the Roku and you’re on your way to casting. We’d love for you to give it a try and let us know what you think.ShareThis
Aug. 8, 2014
It's your friendly neighborhood Channel Master here, bringing another round of cool online finds (if you couldn't tell, I've been watching old spiderman cartoons with the kiddos this week). In this week's edition of 'What to Watch', I've found a little something for everyone. All of these sites work with the PlayOn browser extension...mark, cast or record!
Speaking of the webslinger, you can find all of the original Spiderman '67 episodes here (all three seasons!)
In the mood for classic westerns? Take a gander at this awesome site...free full-length movies with an enitre section dedicated to 'The Duke' himself
Westerns not your bag? How about some delightfully cheesy B Movies...Free, uncut, and presented in all of their gloriously low budget awesomeness. Check out Bad Taste from Peter Jackson for a look into the mind of the creative genius before he moved to Middle Earth.
This site is a treasure trove of Classic movies...Free Hollywood Classics from it's Golden Age. Black and White, Silent, and Color Movies from 1910 to 1970, organized by decade.
Roll a 1d20 saving throw vs. nerd overload and browse here for all of the full episodes of the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon from 1983. Enjoy!
Dungeons & Dragons
Happy streaming :)
Jul. 30, 2014
We are excited to announce that PlayOn now works with the PlayStation 4! With PlayOn PS4 users can get 100+ online channels to their TV including YouTube and HBO GO. The app also lets them access other popular channels like Netflix, Hulu (no Hulu Plus subscription needed), CBS and Comedy Central and bookmark virtually any video in their PC browser to watch later.
We also announced the availability of the PlayOn app for Windows Phone users and the rollout of the new, easier-to-navigate mobile interface. By downloading the new PlayOn app to a Windows Phone, customers can stream online content from PlayOn’s 100+ online channels to their smartphone. Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 users can also use the PlayOn app on their phone as a TV channel guide and remote control to browse and search for movies, shows and clips and cast videos to their TV. PlayLater customers can also use their phone to start a recording, even when their PlayLater PC is in a remote location.
PlayStation, Windows Phone, or anyone else can try PlayOn out at no risk. We've got a 30-day money back guarantee. A lifetime subscription to PlayOn and its companion DVR software, PlayLater, is currently on sale for $69.99 and includes a free Chromecast (while supplies last). The PlayOn app is free to download and now available in the Windows Store.
Jul. 11, 2014
There is a ton of super cool content available using PlayOn. We're always on the lookout for the best in cool, fun online videos so we can bring them to you.
We've stumbled on a couple of real gems...
A Vimeo channel dedicated to Stereoscopic 3D. Dust of those old blue and red cardboard glasses, pop some popcorn and hit play. Just search for stereoscopic 3D or browse here and subscribe under your free Vimeo account.
And, for some cool retro movies, download the Pluto.tv plugin available at the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store:
Once you have the plugin installed, select Pluto.tv via PlayOn, select the entertainment category and check out the Retro Movies channel for some retro awesomeness. Oh, and the plugin supports Pluto.tv user accounts. You can save videos to your free Pluto.tv account online and then easily watch at any device using PlayOn!
Jun. 26, 2014
This week, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Aereo and fans of live network TV streaming. If you haven’t been following the case, or want more details, read this piece in The Verge.
This is a setback that, in our opinion, is the result of a fundamental misunderstanding of Consumer Fair Use and what it means. That said, there is still much room for innovation and PlayOn will continue to work to provide new solutions to empower consumers to enjoy streaming media in a manner of their choosing. With the growth of streaming media and increasingly savvy streaming consumers, we are very confident about our future and the future of other innovators in the space. We also remain optimistic that eventually our laws will catch up with consumer demand – that limited options for getting content to your TV and high prices from cable companies will be a thing of the past. In the meantime, keep an eye on our website and blog for soon-to-be-announced updates that will make streaming with PlayOn and recording with PlayLater better than ever.ShareThis
Jun. 13, 2014
Many of you have asked whether HD for plugins would be supported. We are happy to report that we have added support for HD for plugin development....AND our developers have gone back through and polished up some of our plugins.
HD support has been added for the following plugins with more HD plugins on the way (stay tuned!)
- Funny or Die
Apr. 30, 2014
We are looking for a full time Web Developer with the following skills and at least 5 years experience with Web Developement as part of a team. If you think this might be you, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Critical core skills:
* SW Dev XP / Best Practices Knowledge (this one is critical)
* Drupal Development XP
* Source Control XP
* Drupal Configuration and Management
* SQL XP
* Source Control w/ GIT
* Agile XP
* LAMP stack management
Apr. 24, 2014
Chromecast users, it is time to get excited! It’s been a bit of a wait, but PlayOn is now available for your Chromecast.
We asked Chromecast users to see what they most wanted out of their device. The number one response? More channels. PlayOn for Chromecast takes care of that. PlayOn lets you access more than 100 channels on your Chromecast, including many free channels that do not require a subscription fee. You can access channels like CBS, NBC, ABC, Comedy Central and Hulu (no Hulu Plus subscription needed!). You’ll never say “there’s nothing to watch” with PlayOn.
The number two response: Chromecast customers are aching for DVR capability. After all, no cable cutting solution would be complete without the ability to record your favorite shows. With PlayLater, you can record any streaming show or movie and cast them when you want.
The third-most requested feature Chromecast customers want is a TV user interface. While we can’t exactly give you that, we can provide a channel listing that’s prettier than Comcast and Time Warner Cable on your phone. PlayOn’s user interface is easy to use and navigate. Just pick a channel, select a show, hit play on your phone and voila! The show instantly casts to your TV.
So how exactly does it work, you ask? You use your phone, tablet or PC to cast videos to your Chromecast. Simply use the new and improved PlayOn Browser feature to cast videos directly from your PC to your Chromecast. All casting happens in the background, so your PC is free for other work. All major browsers are supported, not just Chrome, and only the video is cast, not the entire web page.
We also work with mobile devices so you can cast shows and movies to your Chromecast from your smartphone or tablet. No more need to get up and go to your PC or have a big old laptop in your lap.
PlayOn brings some serious power to the Chromecast. For those that are new to PlayOn, give it a try. We have a 30-day money back guarantee. It’s time to say goodbye to overpriced cable and hello to streaming and saving with Chromecast + PlayOn.