Apr. 30, 2010

Archer

Archer, an animated comedy series on FX premiered in January of this year and has been gaining popularity for its rapid fire dialogue. Set at the International Secret Intelligence Service, Archer works with his domineering mother, who happens to be his boss, along with his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. At the spy agency ANY crises is an opportunity to challenge, deceive, confuse and royally screw each other. The whole series is available on Hulu and can be streamed to your TV with PlayOn. So if you find yourself bored this weekend, check out an episode and see what you think.

 

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Apr. 26, 2010

Sci-Fi Contest

Enter our contest for a chance to win a PS3, 1 year subscription to Netflix and a lifetime license for PlayOn.

Being a Sci-Fi fan is easy with PlayOn.  Here are some of our favorites available to you through PlayOn:
•  Full series of Lost and Firefly on Hulu
•  Stargate Universe, V, and Caprica available on Hulu!
•  All 10 seasons of Stargate-SG 1 on Hulu (through May 15, 2010)
•  First 3 seasons of Star Trek and Twilight Zone on CBS
•  Full series of X-Files on Netflix Instant Queue

In case you're not familiar with PlayOn here is how it works.


 

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Apr. 21, 2010

PlayOn Premium is Coming

PlayOn Premium is coming! We will release PlayOn Premium on July 15th, 2010. It will include: Comedy Central (including South Park), NHL, TV.com, MTV.com, VH1.com, and more. It will be sold as an annual subscription -- $39.99 for the first year and $19.99/year thereafter. Your subscription will entitle you to all new content services over the course of the year (and we plan to release a lot), as well as functionality improvements (including a greatly enhanced and integrated Plugin experience, Gold version of the Wii, and much more). We will also be releasing iPhone support for PlayOn Premium which may carry a small additional fee.

Starting on May 20, 2010, we will no longer sell PlayOn as a lifetime license for a single fee. We will start selling PlayOn as a subscription ($39.99 for the first year and $19.99/year thereafter) on May 20, 2010. Customers who purchase PlayOn on or after May 20,2010 will automatically receive PlayOn Premium upon its launch on July 15th, 2010.

We will continue to honor the lifetime licenses for those that purchased PlayOn prior to May 20, 2010 (which we are now calling PlayOn Basic). Your PlayOn Basic will continue to work with the existing non-beta content (Hulu, Netflix, CBS.com, ESPN.com, CNN.com, YouTube, MyMedia and Plugins) as well as Amazon VOD, MLB.tv, and Pandora. After July 15th, 2010, The Daily Show and the Colbert Report will no longer be supported in PlayOn Basic as these are being launched out of beta as part of the full Comedy Central integration in PlayOn Premium. PlayOn Base will continue to receive new features and development support, but no new content will be added into the core (though you can always add more plugins).

To thank our loyal customers, if you purchased PlayOn prior to May 20, 2010, we will be offering a founding member discount for PlayOn Premium. You may upgrade to PlayOn Premium for only $4.99 for the first year ($19.99/year thereafter). Once you purchase the upgrade, you will receive a new license key which will unlock the new PlayOn Premium content. You may also cancel your subscription at any time, and go back to PlayOn Basic (be sure to save your original license key). We are sure you will enjoy the new content and features so much, you will never want to go back.

Between now and July 15th, 2010, you will see a number of content services in PlayOn listed as “Premium Preview” – this is to give you a sneak preview of some of the content that you will have access to as a Premium subscriber. Please note that this content will no longer be accessible after July 15th 2010. We hope you enjoy these previews and encourage you to upgrade on July 15th.

Why are we doing this? The annual subscription fee will fund continued development and support. We want to ensure that we can always give the latest and greatest content and service to our entire user base. The on-going subscription fee will allow that. Give it a shot – we think you’ll like what you see.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at support@playon.tv

 

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Apr. 16, 2010

Money Moves

Money Magazine is kind of a big deal and recently wrote "100 best money moves you can make."  It's their annual guide to the best stocks, credit cards, career moves, retirement strategies and much more. Sounds kind of boring, but it's not so give it a read. Who doesn't like saving money? The ideas are fresh, based off current trends and pop culture. Here are some of my favorite money moves:

5. Best buy-and-hold blogger
 - Learn stocks painlessly at crossingwallstreet.com
 
26. Best way to feel better about your home value
 - At least you're not Nicolas Cage

32-34. Best things to cancel and replace
 - Cancel cable & replace with PlayOn

52. Best way to get even with your bank
 -  Switch your checking account to a credit union
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Apr. 13, 2010

The Study of Piracy

 
Recently the Government Accountability Office spent a year studying how piracy and illegal counterfeiting affects the United States. The GAO has said that data used to quantify piracy is not reliable. In addition they said, "Estimates of economic losses resulting from counterfeiting cannot be substantiated due to the absence of underlying studies. Each method (of measuring) has limitations, and most experts observed that it is difficult, if not impossible, to quantify the economy-wide impacts." The GAO continued by saying, "Some experts we interviewed and literature we reviewed identified potential positive economic effects of counterfeiting and piracy." The GAO admits that piracy is running rampant and that it could be harmful, but cannot accurately estimate a dollar amount.

On another note, the head of the International Actors’ Federation said, “To me, piracy is something adventurous, it makes you think about Johnny Depp. We all want to be a bit like Johnny Depp. But we’re talking about a criminal act. We’re talking about making it impossible to make a living from what you do.” Okay I cannot help myself from laughing at this quote, we all do want to be a bit like Johnny Depp, but I do not see the clear association between the two.

As for a general pulse, it seems like people fall everywhere regarding views on piracy. There are 3 major groups: "the it's morally wrong group," "the I hate large corporations over charging and I am going to teach them a lesson group" and "the I understand both sides group." Most people can agree that piracy is running rampant and that it does not seem like it is going to slow down anytime soon.

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Apr. 9, 2010

My Wish List

There are so many TV options out there that it seems like everyone wants to upgrade their TV to the "newest" technology. I'll admit it, I used to think this was petty, but not anymore. Within a week I have convinced myself that my "old" tv (really less than a year old) is worthless and ugly. Here is the beauty that I really want/need. I figure that with all the money I am saving from not paying for cable, I owe it to myself.

I blame this all on my coworkers, by the way. They are going to the Hannspree store in San Francisco this Saturday and I had never heard of Hannspree; so naturally I googled it. That's when I fell in love. I have temporarily wiped everything else off of my wish list and have actually dreamed about this TV once since I discovered it....sad I know.

PS if you're in San Francisco for the weekend stop by and say hi, click here for the details.
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Apr. 6, 2010

Modern Family vs Glee

With a crazy schedule I usually don't watch sitcoms. My friends are basically my guinea pigs, they test out all the sitcoms and if they recommend a great one, then I will watch. So recently I had alot of airport time and tweeted out to my friends asking for show recommendations. Out of all the recommedations I got, I only trusted 2 friends, who recommended Glee and Modern Family. I watched both. I loved Modern Family! Glee just seemed like High School Musical made for adults, well maybe not even adults. Ughh I am still having nightmares about the predictablility and cheesiness of Glee. So I am bringing my hatred for Glee here. I do not understand the popularity of Glee; not to mention now I think my friend needs to see a psychiatrist for her Glee addiction. Modern Family vs Glee, which show do you vote for the win?

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Apr. 2, 2010

PAX Recap


PAX was a win for PlayOn. It gave us a chance to meet our customers, have some fun and spread the word. Here is what people are saying:

Zaxy

The Zaxy gamer girls joined us at our booth. They helped spread the word to existing game console owners and they were a blast to have around!

Battlemouth

Aaron Madrid, the head writer for battlemouth.com went to PAX and checked out our booth. He reviews PlayOn with a sense of humor. Seriously, I hate reading reviews, but Aaron is a master at entertaining his readers. Check it out.

Gamer Reaction

The awesome team from Gamer Reaction came to our booth and asked us some questions. Here is the interview with Chris from Gamer Reaction and David, the Chief Technology Officer for PlayOn.

So take it from these tech savvy bloggers...PlayOn rocks. Download a free 2 week trial or buy PlayOn.

One more thing, don't forget to enter our MLB contest, where you can win a Xbox 360 or PS3 with a 1 year subscription to MLB.tv, MLB 2010 and PlayOn software. Sunday April 4th is the last day to enter. It's simple to enter, download the PlayOn trial and check the box to either Tweet or Facebook update, telling your friends about PlayOn. If you are already a PlayOn user, just Re-Tweet this out "Enter the #PlayOnMLB contest to win a Xbox360/PS3, PlayOn and a year subscription to MLB.tv. Enter at http://bit.ly/aqErt5"

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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 content providers like 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.
How does it 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. Learn more
How can I buy PlayOn?
Simply visit our buy page for our current pricing.