Nov. 28, 2008

Time to Give Thanks

It's that time of year, and we at MediaMall want to give thanks to YOU: our fantastic user community! You guys have all been rock stars during the beta testing months in August, September, October, and up til now. Without your help, PlayOn wouldn't be nearly where we are today. So, thank you!

We also want to thank Joel Durham Jr. for posting "A Tech Geek's Thank You List" at ExtremeTech, for having added PlayOn to his thank you list. We're glad you are thankful, Joel. So are we.

We recently published a new version of PlayOn (2.58.3248) that is our first official release candidate. The trial period was reset to a fresh 14 days, and there are a few improvements here and there. You can read the release notes here, and as always, you can sign up to download at We expect to have the production release ready in a few weeks.

But PlayOn doesn't end there -- not by a long shot. We have tons of features lined up for the end of the year and well into 2009 -- all free for licensed installations. Some of the big items are: support for Netflix Silverlight accounts, support for Nintendo Wii, more content providers, performance improvements, and lots more.

Pass the gravy. Gobble, gobble.


Nov. 13, 2008

New PlayOn Facebook Page

As part of our efforts to get the word out about PlayOn, we have just launched a new Facebook page. We are trying to build up a community in advance of our launch so that we can hit the ground running and start getting the word out about PlayOn. We'd love your help! Check out the page, become a fan, post a video. In fact, we are offering a free license key ($30 value) for the person who posts the most creative video showing how COOL PlayOn is. And - of course, everyone is entitled to a free 14 day trial....

So - check it out - share your thoughts and feedback - and let us know why YOU think PlayOn is cool (or not....)


Nov. 11, 2008

What's Next?

Just a quick shout-out that things are still moving along with PlayOn! We have been working hard on getting Netflix Silverlight accounts working, and will keep everyone posted with our progress. It's a major change in the Netflix service, but we're pushing forward. If you want to continue using your existing Netflix account through PlayOn, make sure you don't upgrade your account to the new Netflix Silverlight beta program until we have a patch ready.

We plan on posting a new release in around a week from now. It will have some tweaks and minor bug fixes, but all in all, our last release was stable for most of our user base. A few users have expressed concerns and frustrations about the trial period expiring recently for the latest beta. Not to worry! We will reset the trial period to 14 days with the next release. And we'll do the same when we push the "gold" version, which should follow on the heels of the next release. So you should have plenty of time to drive PlayOn around the block before you need to make a purchase decision.

Thanks again for all your feedback and comments. Keep it coming!


Nov. 3, 2008

Almost a Release Candidate

Hey testers! We just released PlayOn 2.58.3228, and it's got tons of cool new stuff. Some of the highlights are:

  • Hulu videos with higher resolution (480p)
  • Hulu user Queue support
  • Netflix improvements
  • A new PlayOn logo
  • ... and lots more goodies!

This release is for all practical purposes our first release candidate, even if not officially named as such. So, what does that mean? Well, we think it's good enough and stable enough to release to the general public, as a complete product. There are certainly plenty of interesting features that we consider make it a "real" product now.

But, this is not the end of the road for PlayOn, by any means. We are committed to adding new features, like Wii support, over the coming months. And those upcoming features will be available to all our testers and to those who have decided to purchase a license.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks and months as we continue to improve and expand PlayOn. We've got lots of product plans on our slate, and will try to keep everyone posted as we continue to develop and support our software.

You can sign up to download PlayOn at


Top FAQs

What is PlayOn?
PlayOn is software that you install on your Windows PC. It allows you to use your Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Roku, iPhone, Android phone or another supported device to access movies and shows from Hulu, Netflix, Comedy Central, CBS, YouTube,, your personal media, and many more. PlayOn is both browser and media server software, built into one. It browses content from various online providers, and displays that content directly on your TV, iPhone or Android phone.
What is PlayLater?
PlayLater is software that you install on your Windows PC that lets you record movies and shows from over 60+ of your favorite streaming sites like Hulu, Netflix, Comedy Central and more. You can watch your recordings whenever you want on your PC or on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or other mobile device, even when you are offline.
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How does PlayOn work?
PlayOn runs in the background on your PC over your home network. It uses standards called UPnP and DLNA to communicate with networked gaming consoles,TVs, and mobile phones working both as an internet browser to access online media and as a UPnP media server to serve videos to UPnP compliant devices.
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