Aug. 8, 2014

Any video, any time...cast away with PlayOn!

It's your friendly neighborhood Channel Master here, bringing another round of cool online finds (if you couldn't tell, I've been watching old spiderman cartoons with the kiddos this week).  In this week's edition of 'What to Watch', I've found a little something for everyone.  All of these sites work with the PlayOn browser extension...mark, cast or record!
Speaking of the webslinger, you can find all of the original Spiderman '67 episodes here (all three seasons!)
Spiderman 67
In the mood for classic westerns?  Take a gander at this awesome full-length movies with an enitre section dedicated to 'The Duke' himself
Western Mania
Westerns not your bag?  How about some delightfully cheesy B Movies...Free, uncut, and presented in all of their gloriously low budget awesomeness.  Check out Bad Taste from Peter Jackson for a look into the mind of the creative genius before he moved to Middle Earth.
This site is a treasure trove of Classic movies...Free Hollywood Classics from it's Golden Age.  Black and White, Silent, and Color Movies from 1910 to 1970, organized by decade.
Roll a 1d20 saving throw vs. nerd overload and browse here for all of the full episodes of the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon from 1983.  Enjoy!
Dungeons & Dragons
Happy streaming :)


Jul. 30, 2014

PlayOn Adds Support for PlayStation 4 and Windows Phone

We are excited to announce that PlayOn now works with the PlayStation 4! With PlayOn PS4 users can get 100+ online channels to their TV including YouTube and HBO GO. The app also lets them access other popular channels like Netflix, Hulu (no Hulu Plus subscription needed), CBS and Comedy Central and bookmark virtually any video in their PC browser to watch later.


We also announced the availability of the PlayOn app for Windows Phone users and the rollout of the new, easier-to-navigate mobile interface. By downloading the new PlayOn app to a Windows Phone, customers can stream online content from PlayOn’s 100+ online channels to their smartphone. Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 users can also use the PlayOn app on their phone as a TV channel guide and remote control to browse and search for movies, shows and clips and cast videos to their TV. PlayLater customers can also use their phone to start a recording, even when their PlayLater PC is in a remote location.


PlayOn UI Channels


PlayStation, Windows Phone, or anyone else can try PlayOn out at no risk. We've got a  30-day money back guarantee. A lifetime subscription to PlayOn and its companion DVR software, PlayLater, is currently on sale for $69.99 and includes a free Chromecast (while supplies last). The PlayOn app is free to download and now available in the Windows Store.





Jul. 11, 2014

Old School 3D and Retro Movies!

There is a ton of super cool content available using PlayOn.  We're always on the lookout for the best in cool, fun online videos so we can bring them to you.
We've stumbled on a couple of real gems...
A Vimeo channel dedicated to Stereoscopic 3D.  Dust of those old blue and red cardboard glasses, pop some popcorn and hit play.  Just search for stereoscopic 3D or browse here and subscribe under your free Vimeo account.
And, for some cool retro movies, download the plugin available at the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store:
Once you have the plugin installed, select via PlayOn, select the entertainment category and check out the Retro Movies channel for some retro awesomeness.  Oh, and the plugin supports user accounts.  You can save videos to your free account online and then easily watch at any device using PlayOn!!
Happy streaming!


Jun. 26, 2014

The SCOTUS Aereo Ruling

This week, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Aereo and fans of live network TV streaming. If you haven’t been following the case, or want more details, read this piece in The Verge.

This is a setback that, in our opinion, is the result of a fundamental misunderstanding of Consumer Fair Use and what it means. That said, there is still much room for innovation and PlayOn will continue to work to provide new solutions to empower consumers to enjoy streaming media in a manner of their choosing. With the growth of streaming media and increasingly savvy streaming consumers, we are very confident about our future and the future of other innovators in the space. We also remain optimistic that eventually our laws will catch up with consumer demand – that limited options for getting content to your TV and high prices from cable companies will be a thing of the past. In the meantime, keep an eye on our website and blog for soon-to-be-announced updates that will make streaming with PlayOn and recording with PlayLater better than ever.


Jun. 13, 2014

HD support has arrived for plugins!!!

Many of you have asked whether HD for plugins would be supported.  We are happy to report that we have added support for HD for plugin development....AND our developers have gone back through and polished up some of our plugins. 
HD support has been added for the following plugins with more HD plugins on the way (stay tuned!)

  • PlutoTV
  • IGN
  • Machinima
  • Twitch
  • TruTV
  • Funny or Die
  • AcornTV

Happy Streaming!!!


Apr. 30, 2014

Are you a Web Developer that loves PlayOn|PlayLater?

We are looking for a full time Web Developer with the following skills and at least 5 years experience with Web Developement as part of a team. If you think this might be you, email your resume to
Web Developer
Critical core skills:
* SW Dev XP / Best Practices Knowledge (this one is critical)
* CSS3
* Javascript
* jQuery
* Drupal Development XP
* Source Control XP
* Drupal Configuration and Management
* Source Control w/ GIT
* Agile XP
* cPanel
* LAMP stack management


Apr. 24, 2014

Amp Up Your Chromecast with the Power of PlayOn

Chromecast users, it is time to get excited! It’s been a bit of a wait, but PlayOn is now available for your Chromecast.

We asked Chromecast users to see what they most wanted out of their device. The number one response? More channels. PlayOn for Chromecast takes care of that. PlayOn lets you access more than 100 channels on your Chromecast, including many free channels that do not require a subscription fee. You can access channels like CBS, NBC, ABC, Comedy Central and Hulu (no Hulu Plus subscription needed!). You’ll never say “there’s nothing to watch” with PlayOn.

The number two response: Chromecast customers are aching for DVR capability. After all, no cable cutting solution would be complete without the ability to record your favorite shows. With PlayLater, you can record any streaming show or movie and cast them when you want.

The third-most requested feature Chromecast customers want is a TV user interface. While we can’t exactly give you that, we can provide a channel listing that’s prettier than Comcast and Time Warner Cable on your phone. PlayOn’s user interface is easy to use and navigate. Just pick a channel, select a show, hit play on your phone and voila! The show instantly casts to your TV.

So how exactly does it work, you ask? You use your phone, tablet or PC to cast videos to your Chromecast. Simply use the new and improved PlayOn Browser feature to cast videos directly from your PC to your Chromecast. All casting happens in the background, so your PC is free for other work.  All major browsers are supported, not just Chrome, and only the video is cast, not the entire web page.


We also work with mobile devices so you can cast shows and movies to your Chromecast from your smartphone or tablet. No more need to get up and go to your PC or have a big old laptop in your lap.

PlayOn brings some serious power to the Chromecast. For those that are new to PlayOn, give it a try. We have a 30-day money back guarantee. It’s time to say goodbye to overpriced cable and hello to streaming and saving with Chromecast + PlayOn.



Mar. 28, 2014

Help us test our Chromecast release!

Are you a PlayOn user that also has a Chromecast? We need your help!
We just finished developing our Chromecast device support (phew!) and seriously upgraded the PlayOn Browser feature for it (and for Roku and Xbox 360/One). We'd love you to give it a spin and let us know if you encounter any problems!
You can update your PlayOn/PlayLater to the Beta version of our next release with Chromecast support here:

(If you have both PlayOn and PlayLater, you need to update both to use the RecordTo feature in the PlayOn Browser. BE SURE TO INSTALL PLAYON FIRST AND THEN PLAYLATER SECOND)
With no user interface and no remote control, the Chromecast is a little different....instructions on how to watch PlayOn's 60+ channels on your Chromecast and to cast to the Chromecast from any PC browser using the PlayOn Browser feature are below.
PlayOn Chromecast Instructions:
You can use your PC or an Android, iOS, or BlackBerry device to send videos to your Chromecast with PlayOn. You will need to have the Beta verson of PlayOn (links above) installed on your PC and either the PlayOn browser extension installed for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer or the PlayOn Mobile app installed on your mobile device. The PlayOn Mobile app is available for free from the Android, iOS, and BlackBerry app stores (just search for PlayOn Mobile and you should find it).
Make sure your Chromecast is plugged-in when you update to the Beta version of PlayOn!
Sending a video from PlayOn Mobile
1. Open the PlayOn Mobile app on your phone or tablet and connect to your PlayOn server.
2. Find a video you want to stream to your Chromecast and tap it.
3. Tap the Play button.
4. Select your Chromecast from the list that appears.
Sending a video from a website
1. In your PC's web browser (you may need to enable the extension in your browser’s settings), browse to the video you want to send to your Chromecast.
2. Click the PlayOn extension icon and follow the steps to create your bookmark.
3. On the last step, select the Cast button and choose your Chromecast from the list.
That's all there is to it!
We LOVE feedback! PLEASE send any problems via submitting a support ticket in PlayOn Settings, and any comments can be sent to
Thanks for giving us a testing hand!


Mar. 12, 2014

Psyched and Honored!

Just wanted to post a note to share how excited I am about the campaign we are launching with the March of Dimes. I have been working with the March of Dimes for the past 5 years since my daughter Millie was born at just 26 weeks and 2 lbs. She spent 100 days in the NICU at Swedish Hospital in Seattle and in addition to the incredible care from the nurses and neonatologists, the March of Dimes was instrumental in helping us through a terrifying ordeal. The research funded by the March of Dimes has enabled survival rates of preemies to sky rocket and importantly, the quality of life of a preemie to increase as well. In years past, Millie, if she had survived her first few weeks of life, would have been blind, and likely suffered from cerebral palsy. Instead she is a thriving, healthy 5 year old.

Millie was born in mid-November and spent 3.5 months in the hospital after he birth, fighting for her life. That meant that we (my husband, son and extended family) spent a Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years in the NICU. The March of Dimes provided “family” support to help us through these rough times – including a mentorship program with parents on the flip side of what we were going through, a Thanksgiving feast for families of infants in the NICU, and even a visit from Santa for Millie’s first Christmas photo. These programs helped educate us and bring joy into our lives during our 100 day stay.

In addition to the support from our extended families and friends and the March of Dimes, I have to give a shout out to the PlayOn team and my amazing colleagues. They picked up the slack while I was out and supported me 100% in being with my daughter whenever possible and giving myself 100% to helping her through, at the expense of EVERYTHING else. I attribute my ability to laser focus on being with her and caring for her to the amazing outcome she achieved.

Now, I am honored to be in a position to give back, not only personally (we have a March for Babies Family Team, TeamMillie which raises funds each year and for 2013, I had the honor of being the “top walker” in Washington State – raising the most funds) but to be able to give back through the company I co-founded over 10 years ago. A company with heart and soul – PlayOn!

So – for the Month of March – we are promoting Cut the Cord and Care for Babies. For every purchase made through this campaign, we will donate $5 to the March of Dimes.

» Click here to visit the campaign page


Mar. 12, 2014

Rdio added to the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store

Yup...that's right.  Rdio has been added to the lineup of cool plugins available at the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store.  

'Your personal jukebox.  No quarters necessary.

Play what you want, when you want, from millions of hits and classic albums — or turn on a station for a perfect mix of songs. Feeling social? Follow friends and artists to see what they're playing.'

Aside from being an awesome music service, Rdio being available via PlayOn is cool for a number of reasons...The native Rdio Roku channel requires a 9.99 monthly subscription to listen but you can use PlayOn at your Roku to connect to your free Rdio paid subscription required.

And there are also advantages of using PlayOn to connect to Rdio on mobile devices - While you can listen to "stations" free on mobile devices using the official Rdio app, playlists and full albums are only available with a Premium account.

Using PlayOn and the Rdio plugin, however, makes it possible to listen to full albums along with any of the playlists you have created on your PC...with a FREE Rdio account!


What are you listening to?


Get the Rdio plugin here


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.
» Learn more about recording with PlayLater
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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