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!)
 
http://playon.tv/channel-store/
 

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

 
Happy Streaming!!!
 

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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 jobs@playon.tv.
 
Web Developer
 
Critical core skills:
* SW Dev XP / Best Practices Knowledge (this one is critical)
* HTML5
* CSS3
* Javascript
* jQuery
* PHP
* Drupal Development XP
* Source Control XP
* MVC/MVVM
 
Satisfiers:
* Drupal Configuration and Management
* SQL XP
* Source Control w/ GIT
* Agile XP
 
Delighters:
* cPanel
* LAMP stack management

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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.

 

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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:
 
PlayOn: http://www.playon.tv/downloads/beta/PlayOnSetup.3.9.4.exe
PlayLater: http://www.playon.tv/downloads/beta/PlayLaterSetup.1.5.4.exe

(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 support@playon.tv.
 
Thanks for giving us a testing hand!

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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

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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 account...no 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

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Feb. 7, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics Are Here!!!

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, have kicked off in Sochi, Russia.
 
Now that the live streams are available online, our team is hard at work building a plugin for the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store.
 
In the meantime, you can stil watch your favorites events live at your TV or mobile device using PlayOn.  
 
Just be sure you have the PlayOn browser extension installed and browse here: 
http://www.nbcolympics.com/olympics-live-extra-schedule
 
You can also find more videos here (replays and highlights): http://www.nbcolympics.com/video
 

  1. Play the video (you'll have to log in with a cable provider to watch the live stream and full event replays)
  2. Click on the PlayOn browser button
  3. In the PlayMark window that opens, verify the video is playing (and crop if you like)
  4. Click Next and then choose whether to 'Save' or 'PlayCast To' your TV.  If you have PlayLater installed and running, you will also be presented with the option to record.

 
If you have any trouble, please try this:

  1. Stop the PlayOn server
  2. Hold SHIFT+ALT while starting the server again
  3. In the Internet Explorer window that opens, browse here: http://stream.nbcolympics.com

 
Choose a video - Are you prompted to log in? If so, log in and play the video.
Close IE, re-open your browser and try again to save or cast the video.
 
Enjoy!
 
 
 

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Feb. 6, 2014

Any Music Fans Out There???

Any music lovers out there? Check out this cool site
 
Live From Daryl's House
 
Some truly remarkable performances, and it works great with PlayMark and PlayCast! Just be sure to click on "Play Full Show" after selecting an episode...and then cast away...or record each week's new episode to watch whenever you like.
 
 

 

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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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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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