Aug. 29, 2013

Babble Wants to Know: Are You Ready To Cut The Cord?

How much do you pay for cable on a monthly basis? According to our most recent customer survey, 87 percent of you said that you spent at least $50 per month on your cable bill before cutting the cord. For those of you who haven’t cut cable yet, what are you waiting for?

Inspired by that survey, we created an infographic that helps you decide if you’re ready to cut cable and what your best options are for setting up a cable-free home. Depending on your preferences (are you a PC user? Mac user? Can’t live without sports?), this infographic guides you step-by-step through the intricacies of getting rid of cable.

Popular parenting website Babble shared our graphic – try it out for yourself and find out if you’re ready to get rid of cable:

Are You Ready to Cut the Cord?

So, which one are you? Let us know if you’re stuck with cable, might be ready to cut or are definitely ready to get rid of cable on our Facebook and Twitter, or by email.

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Aug. 28, 2013

Top 5 Ways Parents Use PlayOn and PlayLater

In the spirit of PlayLater winning a Mom’s Choice Award, we dedicated the entirety of last week to all of you parents who use PlayOn and PlayLater. We asked you to share stories of how your family gets the most out of PlayOn and PlayLater. We loved hearing what you had to say, so we thought we’d pass along your parental wisdom and share the top five ways parents use our software:

  1. You love using PlayLater to record your kids’ favorite TV shows before they expire online.
    You can find a ton of awesome streaming content online, but there’s usually a catch: it expires. Instead of letting your favorite TV shows and movies disappear forever, PlayLater lets you record and you're your family’s favorite media on hand and ready to watch.
  2. You use PlayOn to watch home videos directly from your PC to your TV.
    There’s nothing better than curling up with your family to watch home videos. The best thing about using PlayOn to watch home media is that there are no messy – or confusing – cords preventing you from watching your favorite memories. PlayOn makes streaming home videos from your PC to your TV wireless, easy and instant.
  3. You use PlayLater to watch TV and movies while traveling – even with zero Internet connection.
    Traveling with kids can be stressful. Whether your family is taking a road trip or hopping on a plane for your annual vacation, PlayLater allows you to pre-record TV shows or movies to watch on the go. The best thing is: you don’t have to connect to the Internet when using PlayLater. If the show is recorded, you can watch it anywhere. Plus, PlayLater is much cheaper than buying a new movie or swiping your credit card to watch a featured film on a plane trip. Not bad!
  4. You access free Hulu content on TV, without Hulu Plus.
    Hulu is one of the most popular streaming media channels on the planet as it has the latest and greatest TV shows – and a ton of great ones for kids and families. Typically you need Hulu Plus to watch Hulu’s content on your TV, but PlayOn makes it possible to stream directly from your PC to your TV – no Hulu Plus account needed! That saves you an extra $8.99 per month.
  5. You like to schedule little “me” time.
    Whether you use PlayLater to record your favorite show to watch after the kids go to sleep, or you put your kid’s favorite movie on PlayOn to get a little peace and quiet, PlayOn and PlayLater give you a little “me” time!

How does your family use PlayOn and PlayLater? You can share your story with us on Facebook and Twitter, or by email.

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Aug. 20, 2013

Mom’s Choice Award Win

We’re thrilled to announce that PlayLater has received a Mom’s Choice Silver Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards recognize the best family-friendly products, media and services— and this year they recognized PlayLater for its ability to bring households fantastic, family-oriented TV at an affordable price.

PlayOn and PlayLater have become staple names in our own households. Many of us PlayOn staffers have kids of our own, and instead of hearing our kids ask “Can I watch TV? ” we love hearing them say, “Mom, can I watch PlayLater?”

In honor of the award win, and because we want to thank and recognize all of the awesome families using PlayOn and PlayLater in their homes, we want to dedicate this week to parents! Moms and dads, you are the ones who are committed to keeping cable costs low for your family while still providing great TV options for everyone to enjoy. And you are the reason why your children have their favorite TV shows and movies recorded with PlayLater. Basically, you rock. We want to recognize that this week. Look for fun posts on Facebook and Twitter this week earmarked for the moms and dads of PlayOn.

Oh, and one more thing: since we consider you guys part of the PlayOn family, we want to get to know your family a little better. How has PlayOn and PlayLater impacted your lives as parents? How does your family use PlayOn and PlayLater? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter and we'll share your stories on our blog next week.

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Aug. 7, 2013

Can’t Live Without It

We recently found ourselves reminiscing about a number of great shows that aren’t on TV anymore, like Gilligan’s Island, Flipper and Wonder Woman, and we realized – we can’t live without them! And then it occurred to us – all of you are probably thinking the same.

And that’s how we came up with the “Can’t Live Without It Challenge.

We grabbed Skip, our channel master here at PlayOn, and challenged you to tell Skip your favorite shows that aren’t on TV anymore, the shows that are keeping you from cutting the cable, and even movies and TV you wish you could stream online. For the past few days, Skip has been at your beck and call, scouring the PlayOn databases to find exactly how and where you can use PlayOn to watch those programs. After all, that’s what we’re here for!

And so far, Skip has been a rock star. He has found hundreds of TV shows – including some favorites like I Love Lucy, The Carol Burnett Show and Three’s Company.

Have a show you just can’t live without, and want to know how you can watch it with PlayOn? Head to our Facebook page this week and challenge Skip – he’ll be available through this Friday, August 8. And keep an eye out for some additions to our website this month – we think you’ll like them!

Channel Master Skip

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Aug. 6, 2013

Got a case of the CBS vs. TWC blues?

We do.  
 
Once again a contract dispute leaves paying customers caught in the middle. How many of you out there are Time Warner Customers that can't watch CBS online or on TV now? The arguments for PlayOn keep getting better and better.
 
Unfortunately, CBS has also blocked streaming online at CBS.com for those with Time Warner as their ISP whether you are in one of the impacted cable markets or not.  
 
Where's the love?
 
Here at PlayOn, we are all about solutions.  If you are in one of the impacted markets and you have an OTA antenna, then you are all set.  You can just tune in to your local CBS station.  
 
But if you have Time Warner as your ISP and don't have an OTA antenna (or can't pick up a signal) then you still have options.  
 
Browse on over to Aereo.com and check to see if you are in one of their coverage areas: https://aereo.com/coverage
 
If you are, then you're in luck.  Just sign up for a free trial, enter your credentials in PlayOn Settings on your PC and you can be streaming live CBS programming in minutes.
 
Not in an Aereo coverage area?   Do you have a laptop and PlayLater?   Go to a coffee shop or a friend's house, relax, record your CBS programming with PlayLater, and then watch at your leisure.

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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.