Apr. 30, 2009

March for Babies

It has been a wild winter for PlayOn, and an even wilder one for me personally. I delivered our 2nd daughter in November - 3 and 1/2 months early at only 2lbs. She remained in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 100 long days. You can learn a little more about my daughter Amelia (and the rest of my family)by watching a local newscast on our situation:

Before "Millie" was born, I knew little about the March of Dimes. They provided valuable assistance to us, including organizing the Thanksgiving dinner shown in the news story. Importantly, they fund research to prevent prematurity and help babies born too early or sick.

The MediaMall/PlayOn team has been super supportive of me and my family. I am grateful that I work with such a kind, caring, and progressive group of folks.

I'd love to have your support as well as we help raise money for the March for Babies -- to ensure every baby has a healthy start.

Thanks for your support!


Apr. 23, 2009

Beta Survey Results

Thanks to the 1,700 of you who took the time to respond to our Beta survey in January. We wanted to share some of what we learned with you…
90% of you think it works pretty well or great (thanks for your patience and understanding during our outages). You seem to like Hulu (42%) and Netflix (33%) the best, and you hate that the trick play features don’t work well (ff and rew) and that you get data corrupt or other errors. We hate that too! We are working on ways to make PlayOn more reliable. This one surprised us – 46% of you use PlayOn every day (once or more) and 46% use it once or twice a week. Your couches are back in use – wooohooo.
The top 5 product feature requests:
1 – Media Sharing from the PC (yes, we are working on it – it should be out by the end of the summer!)
2 – Customized RSS feeds (we just launched a plugin API – so have at it)
3 – Mac and Linux support (don’t hold your breath)
4 – Wii support (coming next month!)
Top 5 content provider requests:
1 – ABC (coming….)
2 – Discovery
3 – Comedy Central
4 – History Channel
5 - Pandora
And – finally, 57% of you had already purchased at the time of the survey, 15% planned to, and 25% were on the fence.
So – thanks for the GREAT feedback. We are working on YOUR top priorities now, and plan to launch our Q2 survey this month…so keep the feedback coming.


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, MLB.tv, 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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