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.


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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