Dec. 23, 2013

Happy Holidays from the PlayOn family!!!

Thank you for sharing some of your favorite holiday favorites with us.  Here are a few of our own.  Watch via PlayOn or record using PlayLater.
 
It's a Wonderful Life:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frXklECPkD0
 
A Christmas Carol (1951):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XNKe1cGucY
 
A Christmas Carol (1984, George C Scott): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvdMjXhPGd0

Classic Disney Christmas Collection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC-EWiwySjE

Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOUFMmprpLI

Are You Being Served Christmas Special (1976): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOUFMmprpLI

Miracle on 34th Street (1947):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0Ch6ivXHJo

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: Netflix and Amazon Prime

Bah HumDuck - A Looney Toons Christmas!: Netflix

The Polar Express: Netflix

White Christmas: Netflix

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Netflix

Santa Claus The Movie: Netflix

Jack Frost (animated): Amazon Prime

The Legend of Frosty the Snowman: Hulu (free)

Scrooged: Amazon Prime

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Dec. 3, 2013

Welcome to PlayOn & PlayLater in HD!

So you've got an HD PlayOn or PlayLater license (or both!). Here's an HD primer to get you started!

YouTube

Here are just a few of our favorite YouTube channels with HD videos. All you need to do is subscribe to the channel or add specific videos to a playlist under your YouTube user account.

Random favorite videos (you can add specific videos to a playlist under your YouTube user account):

PBS

Getting smart has never looked so good!  American Experience, Austin City Limits and Nova are a few of our favorites (check out a recent episode of Austin City Limits for an excellent performance by Jim James of My Morning Jacket!  New episodes are available each week, but they aren't available long - record in HD using PlayLater before they expire!)

And, if last year is any indication, the 4th season of Downton Abbey should be available to stream free (!) for a limited time - that means you should be able to watch in HD using PlayOn or record using PlayLater before they expire.

MTV & VH1

Watch popular shows like Awkward in HD using PlayOn (or record to watch on the go).  And don't forget Behind the Music Remastered from VH1 - Everything you wanted to know about the dudes from Motorhead - in HD!

Amazon

Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Damages, Falling Skies, Sons of Anarchy and Downton Abbey available to watch or record in HD (we're thinking snowy weekend marathons!)...record now and watch apres ski sans internet ;)

Hulu Plus

If you haven't already, sign up for a free trial of Hulu Plus and use PlayLater to record full seasons of your favorite shows in HD and watch on any of your devices whenever you like...at home or on the go!

Vimeo

Vimeo is a recent addition to the PlayOn channel lineup and just in time!  Some truly amazing HD videos are available.  Set up a free Vimeo account and add your credentials to PlayOn and/or PlayLater Settings to follow your favorite HD channels or "like" specific videos.

I'm a hopeless romantic - this is one of my personal favorites:  A Short Love Story in Stop Motion.

OR you can also select Categories and then HD and browse hundreds of HD-only channels (literally thousands of amazing HD videos). 

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Dec. 3, 2013

Stream and record in HD!

Time and time again, we have heard from users like you asking, “When is high definition coming?” Well, folks, we are so excited to announce that today’s the day! PlayOn and PlayLater are now available in HD. What does this mean, exactly? Without HD, PlayOn and PlayLater deliver video up to 480p. Now with HD, PlayOn and PlayLater can deliver video quality up to 720p, as long as the channel provides content in that quality as well.

Now Available in HD

WHAT I NEED
You likely already have what you need to watch or record in HD. As long as you have a quad-core processor, your PC should be able to handle streaming and recording in HD, and if you’re an existing PlayOn or PlayLater customer, the software will tell you if your PC is HD-capable. Simply go to Settings and click on the General tab. If your PC is HD capable, you will see a link to “Upgrade to HD” in the Video Performance section. If you don’t have PlayOn or PlayLater, you can check your PC’s PassMark score to see if it can handle HD by clicking here. If your PassMark score is 2300 or higher, your PC is HD-capable.

WHAT’S AVAILABLE
While not every channel offers high definition content, the channels listed below do. Check the list below to see what you can watch with the new HD offering:

  • HBOGO
  • Hulu Plus
  • NBC
  • NHL
  • Vevo
  • Vimeo
  • Amazon
  • YouTube
  • VH1
  • MTV
  • Netflix
  • Disney
  • Aereo
  • CBS
  • Fox News
  • TLC
  • Animal Planet
  • Redbox
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Fit & Health
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Military Channel
  • Science Channel
  • Velocity Channel
  • TV.com
  • FoxSoccer
  • PBS
  • ComedyCentral
  • NBA
  • PBS Kids
  • Telemundo
  • MLB
  • NFL

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
There is a ton of great HD content available on PlayOn. Below are a few of our favorites. Check back in on Thursday for some additional HD recommendations. 

  • On YouTube check out the Documentary Channel for some cool documentaries in HD. Subscribe under your YouTube account and stream in HD using PlayOn or record in HD using PlayLater.
  • We love Once Upon a Time on ABC. You can catch up on the latest season in HD via Hulu
  • Snowed in? We recommend a TV marathon! Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Damages, Falling Skies, Sons of Anarchy and Downton Abbey are all available to watch or record in HD on Amazon Instant Video.

Are you ready to see things a little more clearly on your TV or device? Head to www.playon.tv/features/HD to learn more or to add HD to your PlayOn and PlayLater licenses today!

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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
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