May. 17, 2010

What It Took For Me To Cut The Cable

 

Our newest guest bloggers, the TechTremor.com team, is crazy about technology news, reviews and how-to resources for any type of user. Tim Roenicke is a tech enthusiast and is passionate about giving people the knowledge to embrace new technology. David Winn is a self-proclaimed gaming enthusiast and does some awesome reviews and walk-throughs. After reading this, go check their site where they are giving away a free PlayOn Lifetime License and a $50 Visa card.

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A month or two back I was sitting at my TV flipping through all 300 channels of my $120 cable bill and thought to myself, “This is 60% re-runs/junk, 20% infomercial, 10% news, 7% public service, 3% new content/stuff I actually want to watch.” Alright so maybe that’s not the exact dialog, but sadly pretty close. My DVR was packed full of movies I had watched 10 times and the 1 or 2 series I’d record each week. Somehow it just didn’t justify $1,500 a year. That’s a nice vacation…and I needed one.

Dave gave me a heads up on PlayOn. He had heard of it through a friend and had loaded it up on his PC. He was “completely impressed how easy it was to install and run on both my PC and 360” so I decided to give it a whirl.

Needless to say I was so impressed I canceled my cable the next day, literally. Now, going without cable isn’t for everyone. If you want to be up on the latest and greatest sitcoms and series that very night, it’s not going to cut it for you. However, I would DVR most of those anyway and watch them a week later. Hulu through PlayOn was now my new DVR and the best part, I don’t have to program a thing.

Since then I’ve set up just about everyone I know with it. Regardless of if you drop cable or not it compliments it extremely well. My parents who are 50 now use PlayOn with their Wii and still have cable. My mother has to get her Dr.Phill fix.

We both agree its worth every penny. For a little more than a trip to the movies for two you can have PlayOn in your home and bring the movies to you. We give a big "Thank You" to PlayOn for making our lives easier and more affordable.

A valuable tip for new users: If you are having problems, make sure PlayOn is up to date on your PC. You can do this on the System Check tab of their software. Nearly every time we have encountered a problem it has been because we did not have the latest version of PlayOn. Due to the nature of their service frequent updates are necessary, so be sure to keep an eye on that.

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May. 14, 2010

May. 11, 2010

G4: Tech Junkie


PlayOn received coverage in G4 this week.  X-Play’s Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb host television's most-watched gaming show, with everything you could ever want to know about videogames.  We are so excited and wanted to share the video clip with you.  A huge thank you to G4 and all of our awesome PlayOn users.

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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. 

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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.

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May. 7, 2010

Nerd Alert

 

The first Iron Man rocked my socks! Now Iron Man 2 is out and my inner nerd cannot resist.  I have IMAX tickets and the first Iron Man DVD in the mail…thanks to Netflix. The movie critics say Iron Man 2, while not the epitome of awesomeness the first offered, is still a solid movie. Oh well, I never really liked movie critics anyways.
 
Netflix sums up Iron Man 2 in two sentences, “Wealthy inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) -- aka Iron Man -- resists calls by the American government to hand over his technology. Meanwhile, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) has constructed his own miniaturized arc reactor, causing all kinds of problems for our superhero.”
 
This is going to be a good weekend.  
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May. 6, 2010

NHL Premium Preview


A Premium Preview of NHL is in our latest release.  If you already have a NHL subscription all you need to do is go to your PlayOn settings and update software to the newest version.

If you are not already a huge hockey fan here are some reasons why you should love hockey.

 

Reason #1: Hockey Fights…duh. 

#2: Playoff Beards – I am not quite sure where this phenomena started, but it seems every season around playoffs hockey team are sporting full on lumberjack beards. 

#3: Crazy fans with posters.

#4 Penalty Boxes.

#5: A Hat Trick – all the fans throw their hats onto the ice when a player scores three goals within one game.

If these are not convincing enough you should at least love the Spokane Chiefs for providing this priceless hockey moment when they drop the Memorial Cup.
 

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May. 4, 2010

PlayOn Plugins

    

   

 

Many of us PlayOn users, myself included, buy the PlayOn software and never take advantage of the plugins available. Well this is just crazy! I decided to take a little time this past weekend and install some plugins. There are third-party plugins and an official PlayOn plugin through Revision 3. I had set aside some time at the beginning of the weekend. That was a blow to my productivity. The rest of the weekend I was glued to the TV watching Discovery Channel and Food Network. The Revision 3 plugin was also pretty cool and worked well on my new laptop, but you might be out of luck if you have a dinosaur of a computer as it will not be able to keep up with the video transcoding.

I learned a valuable lesson this weekend....STOP PROCRASTINATING. If I had looked at these plugins when I bought PlayOn, nearly a year ago I would know so much more about zombies attacks thanks to the Syfy plugin and I might have immaculately decorated home thanks to HGTV.

http://www.playon.tv/channel-store

*PlayOn has no official affiliation with the third-party plugins.

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Apr. 30, 2010

Archer

Archer, an animated comedy series on FX premiered in January of this year and has been gaining popularity for its rapid fire dialogue. Set at the International Secret Intelligence Service, Archer works with his domineering mother, who happens to be his boss, along with his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. At the spy agency ANY crises is an opportunity to challenge, deceive, confuse and royally screw each other. The whole series is available on Hulu and can be streamed to your TV with PlayOn. So if you find yourself bored this weekend, check out an episode and see what you think.

 

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Apr. 26, 2010

Sci-Fi Contest

Enter our contest for a chance to win a PS3, 1 year subscription to Netflix and a lifetime license for PlayOn.

Being a Sci-Fi fan is easy with PlayOn.  Here are some of our favorites available to you through PlayOn:
•  Full series of Lost and Firefly on Hulu
•  Stargate Universe, V, and Caprica available on Hulu!
•  All 10 seasons of Stargate-SG 1 on Hulu (through May 15, 2010)
•  First 3 seasons of Star Trek and Twilight Zone on CBS
•  Full series of X-Files on Netflix Instant Queue

In case you're not familiar with PlayOn here is how it works.


 

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Apr. 21, 2010

PlayOn Premium is Coming

PlayOn Premium is coming! We will release PlayOn Premium on July 15th, 2010. It will include: Comedy Central (including South Park), NHL, TV.com, MTV.com, VH1.com, and more. It will be sold as an annual subscription -- $39.99 for the first year and $19.99/year thereafter. Your subscription will entitle you to all new content services over the course of the year (and we plan to release a lot), as well as functionality improvements (including a greatly enhanced and integrated Plugin experience, Gold version of the Wii, and much more). We will also be releasing iPhone support for PlayOn Premium which may carry a small additional fee.

Starting on May 20, 2010, we will no longer sell PlayOn as a lifetime license for a single fee. We will start selling PlayOn as a subscription ($39.99 for the first year and $19.99/year thereafter) on May 20, 2010. Customers who purchase PlayOn on or after May 20,2010 will automatically receive PlayOn Premium upon its launch on July 15th, 2010.

We will continue to honor the lifetime licenses for those that purchased PlayOn prior to May 20, 2010 (which we are now calling PlayOn Basic). Your PlayOn Basic will continue to work with the existing non-beta content (Hulu, Netflix, CBS.com, ESPN.com, CNN.com, YouTube, MyMedia and Plugins) as well as Amazon VOD, MLB.tv, and Pandora. After July 15th, 2010, The Daily Show and the Colbert Report will no longer be supported in PlayOn Basic as these are being launched out of beta as part of the full Comedy Central integration in PlayOn Premium. PlayOn Base will continue to receive new features and development support, but no new content will be added into the core (though you can always add more plugins).

To thank our loyal customers, if you purchased PlayOn prior to May 20, 2010, we will be offering a founding member discount for PlayOn Premium. You may upgrade to PlayOn Premium for only $4.99 for the first year ($19.99/year thereafter). Once you purchase the upgrade, you will receive a new license key which will unlock the new PlayOn Premium content. You may also cancel your subscription at any time, and go back to PlayOn Basic (be sure to save your original license key). We are sure you will enjoy the new content and features so much, you will never want to go back.

Between now and July 15th, 2010, you will see a number of content services in PlayOn listed as “Premium Preview” – this is to give you a sneak preview of some of the content that you will have access to as a Premium subscriber. Please note that this content will no longer be accessible after July 15th 2010. We hope you enjoy these previews and encourage you to upgrade on July 15th.

Why are we doing this? The annual subscription fee will fund continued development and support. We want to ensure that we can always give the latest and greatest content and service to our entire user base. The on-going subscription fee will allow that. Give it a shot – we think you’ll like what you see.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at support@playon.tv

 

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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.