May. 28, 2010

Hulu Changes

Have you had a chance to see Hulu's new video player? 

Hulu has some new features including: adaptive bitrate streaming, seek hover preview, heat map, ad volume normalization and updated closed caption displays. I hate getting a screaming loud commercial in the middle of my show. So I love the idea of volume normalization. They also added an ad tailor in hopes to show users more relevant commercials. For all the info click here or watch the video below.


May. 27, 2010

Did I Hear Mobile Viewing?

PlayOn's CEO Jeff Lawrence talks with Boot Camp's Fred Fishkin about PlayOn's upcoming plans including plans for mobile viewing.


May. 25, 2010

Get PlayOn To Work Perfectly

There are five bottlenecks for getting PlayOn to work great, and if any one of these is not up to snuff, you're in trouble, and it's time to make some tweaks! 

1) PC horsepower: You need a powerful processor (CPU) on your PC to handle realtime transcoding of online content. Check out the minimum requirements for PlayOn. If you're near the minimum, you may experience hiccups during playback whenever your PC is doing other tasks. Solution? Reward yourself with a new PC.
2) Home network speed and reliability: If you're using a wireless network for your PC or device, especially if it's on 802.11g, you are likely to experience problems. PlayOn requires a lot of bandwidth on the home network to pass over the MPEG video files to the device. Anything that may interrupt or slow down that video feed will result in an unhappy device, and you'll see excessive buffering. If you want to be sure that your home network isn't the issue, at least try using wired or powerline adapters, and see if this helps. It's always good to narrow down the variables.
3) Broadband speed: A super fast PC and a robust and quick home network aren't enough if your pipe to the Internet is too slow! Your mileage will vary considerably if your broadband connection is borderline (try the bandwidth test in PlayOn Settings to get an idea). Every single content provider encodes their online videos in different ways, and at different resolutions. Sometimes videos will work fine from one source, but work terribly from another. The bottom line is, the fatter your connection to the Net, the better off you'll be.
4) Security software: We have seen quite literally countless instances where security software (or firmware on a router) blocks PlayOn, either by slowing things down, randomly breaking playback streams, or even squashing PlayOn out of existence. And we can't really do a thing about it, in almost all cases. Firewalls and security software is a tricky thing. There's nothing especially odd about what PlayOn does or how it works, but the sad fact is that the majority of software security packages out there just tend to block communication at some level on a home network. Or block programs even from running at all, even when the user configures them to be allowed. Our advice is to try temporarily disabling your security software to see if it helps. You may even need to go so far as uninstalling it completely (again, temporarily, and only if you're confident you can reinstall it). If you find that your security software is holding PlayOn back, contact the company that makes that software, and see if they can help. And if you learn something, share it with rest of us on the forum!
5) Corrupted software: PlayOn depends on a lot of core Microsoft and other third-party software to run correctly. The most important packages that PlayOn requires are: .NET framework (2.0 or higher), Internet Explorer (version 7 or higher), Microsoft Silverlight (version 3 or higher), Adobe Flash (version 10 or higher), and a "healthy" Windows operating system. If you have lots of other software installed, it may get in the way of PlayOn, or cause certain functionality in PlayOn to fail. These issues, when they appear, are really difficult to diagnose and fix.

May. 21, 2010

Hulu Movies: Love 'em or Hate 'em

Do people ever watch the Hulu movies? Most everyone I know uses Hulu strictly for their TV shows. Once and awhile I even hear people diss the Hulu movies. There has to be masses of people out there that have already tried watching a bunch of Hulu movies and found some gems. Here is a top 10 list of popular Hulu movies. Please share any other movies that you like so we can add them to our list.

1) Strictly Sexual - comedy
2) Saints and Soldiers - action and adventure
3) Super Size Me - health and wellness
6) American Virgin - comedy
7) The Future of Food - health and wellness
8) Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles - animation and cartoons
9) The Secret of NIMH - family
10) Totally Baked - comedy

May. 17, 2010

What It Took For Me To Cut The Cable


Our newest guest bloggers, the team, is crazy about technology news, reviews and how-to resources for any type of user. Tim Roenicke is a tech enthusiast and is passionate about giving people the knowledge to embrace new technology. David Winn is a self-proclaimed gaming enthusiast and does some awesome reviews and walk-throughs. After reading this, go check their site where they are giving away a free PlayOn Lifetime License and a $50 Visa card.


A month or two back I was sitting at my TV flipping through all 300 channels of my $120 cable bill and thought to myself, “This is 60% re-runs/junk, 20% infomercial, 10% news, 7% public service, 3% new content/stuff I actually want to watch.” Alright so maybe that’s not the exact dialog, but sadly pretty close. My DVR was packed full of movies I had watched 10 times and the 1 or 2 series I’d record each week. Somehow it just didn’t justify $1,500 a year. That’s a nice vacation…and I needed one.

Dave gave me a heads up on PlayOn. He had heard of it through a friend and had loaded it up on his PC. He was “completely impressed how easy it was to install and run on both my PC and 360” so I decided to give it a whirl.

Needless to say I was so impressed I canceled my cable the next day, literally. Now, going without cable isn’t for everyone. If you want to be up on the latest and greatest sitcoms and series that very night, it’s not going to cut it for you. However, I would DVR most of those anyway and watch them a week later. Hulu through PlayOn was now my new DVR and the best part, I don’t have to program a thing.

Since then I’ve set up just about everyone I know with it. Regardless of if you drop cable or not it compliments it extremely well. My parents who are 50 now use PlayOn with their Wii and still have cable. My mother has to get her Dr.Phill fix.

We both agree its worth every penny. For a little more than a trip to the movies for two you can have PlayOn in your home and bring the movies to you. We give a big "Thank You" to PlayOn for making our lives easier and more affordable.

A valuable tip for new users: If you are having problems, make sure PlayOn is up to date on your PC. You can do this on the System Check tab of their software. Nearly every time we have encountered a problem it has been because we did not have the latest version of PlayOn. Due to the nature of their service frequent updates are necessary, so be sure to keep an eye on that.


May. 11, 2010

G4: Tech Junkie

PlayOn received coverage in G4 this week.  X-Play’s Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb host television's most-watched gaming show, with everything you could ever want to know about videogames.  We are so excited and wanted to share the video clip with you.  A huge thank you to G4 and all of our awesome PlayOn users.


May. 10, 2010

Why PlayOn Makes Me Happy

Our first guest blogger, Jamie Harrington is an author, mom and PlayOn user. After reading this, go check out her blog where she is giving away a free PlayOn Lifetime License and a $50 Visa card. 


Let me say first that I am not some tech wizard. I am a mom, an author, and I sometimes have trouble getting the laser printer to work. So, when I was looking for software to put my internet TV, that I've grown to love so much, on my living room television, I had to find something that even a squirrel could make work.

PlayOn was exactly what I was looking for. 

I first downloaded PlayOn when I was looking for a way to watch Hulu not on my computer. You see, I am quite obsessed with internet television because a) I suck at remembering to DVR my favorite shows and b) even when I do remember to DVR something, it almost always cuts off the last two minutes, and then I want to throw things at my television.

And I love my television. It would be rude to throw things at it.

I'd pretty much stopped watching television in the living room, and had resorted to watching internet streaming shows on my laptop or desktop with things like Hulu, and Netflix. The thing is, when you're watching a show on your computer monitor, you're probably watching it alone.

Where's the fun in that?

I did some reading, and everyone was talking about this great software I had to try that would stream all the stuff I was already watching on Hulu to my Playstation.

Hulu? On My Big TV? I was so in.

So, basically, all I had to do was go to the free trial page, download the software, and it showed up on my internet enabled PS3. I did it all myself, I didn't even have to ask my husband to help me get it to work.

Now we use the heck out of PlayOn, it live streams Netflix without me having to find that stupid DVD I'm supposed to put in my PS3 every stinkin' time I want to watch a show, and the interface is beautiful. It basically integrates right into my already awesome PS3 stuff, and I never have to worry about whether or not I remembered to move something around in my queue, record it on a DVR or anything else like that.

Hands down the best reason to use the PlayOn is the quality.

I have a 55 inch flat screen HD Television. That's a pretty big tv, and I was worried that when I streamed Hulu from my PC to my TV it would look like crap. It doesn't, it looks great.

You can barely tell the difference between streaming Hulu through PlayOn and watching DVR'd stuff on Dish Network.

So, if you're tired of sitting in front of your tiny computer monitor to watch television, then you should download the 14 day free trial from PlayOn. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.


May. 7, 2010

Nerd Alert


The first Iron Man rocked my socks! Now Iron Man 2 is out and my inner nerd cannot resist.  I have IMAX tickets and the first Iron Man DVD in the mail…thanks to Netflix. The movie critics say Iron Man 2, while not the epitome of awesomeness the first offered, is still a solid movie. Oh well, I never really liked movie critics anyways.
Netflix sums up Iron Man 2 in two sentences, “Wealthy inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) -- aka Iron Man -- resists calls by the American government to hand over his technology. Meanwhile, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) has constructed his own miniaturized arc reactor, causing all kinds of problems for our superhero.”
This is going to be a good weekend.  

May. 6, 2010

NHL Premium Preview

A Premium Preview of NHL is in our latest release.  If you already have a NHL subscription all you need to do is go to your PlayOn settings and update software to the newest version.

If you are not already a huge hockey fan here are some reasons why you should love hockey.


Reason #1: Hockey Fights…duh. 

#2: Playoff Beards – I am not quite sure where this phenomena started, but it seems every season around playoffs hockey team are sporting full on lumberjack beards. 

#3: Crazy fans with posters.

#4 Penalty Boxes.

#5: A Hat Trick – all the fans throw their hats onto the ice when a player scores three goals within one game.

If these are not convincing enough you should at least love the Spokane Chiefs for providing this priceless hockey moment when they drop the Memorial Cup.

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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 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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