Aug. 20, 2008
OK gang. The new beta release that should fix the video playback bug, as well as adding 64-bit installation support, is now LIVE. We will be sending out a newsletter with download instructions to everyone who has already signed up to be a beta tester. For those of you who want to sign up to try out the beta, just visit getplayon.com. Enjoy!ShareThis
Aug. 20, 2008
Well, we are on the right track with the bug fixes. A small group of stalwart folks have been kind enough to run lots of tests for us to figure out why many of you can't play video tracks at all. And, there is positive news! We think we cracked the issue. Late tonight or tomorrow morning, we should be posting a new beta version, as well as re-opening the beta downloads (sorry we closed it, but we didn't want to risk folks downloading completely broken software).
And, this release should install just fine on 64-bit, and even Windows Server 2003, though this requires getting WMP installed.
We've been reading a lot of your comments, suggestions, and criticisms over the past days. We do appreciate that you have taken the time to let us know your thoughts. Some of the stuff that has come up include:
Mac and Linux support: We're not there yet, unfortunately. Right now, it's Windows only. I know some of you are saying, "Boooooo!", but all good things come to those who wait. Hey, we're just excited about the beta! And remember, it's still only a beta. More goodies will always be on the way.
Netflix: Yes, definitely a goodie, and yes, on the way! CNN too.
Wii: Yup. Plan is this year! For those of you with Wii's, you've probably already surmised that we'll be using the embedded browser capabilities of the device.
Is the software really $30? Yes, but it's a one-time fee. Try it out, and if you like it, we think it's a pretty fair price, especially given that many similar services (aka cable) charge monthly subscription fees. And yes, we know there are other great FREE media servers out there (TVersity, among others). But we're working our tails off to bring great content from Hulu, CBS, and Netflix, as well as the more ubiquitous YouTube feeds. So, it all depends on what you're interested in.
That's it for now!ShareThis
Aug. 19, 2008
Hey there! This is the CTO, David, and just wanted to let everyone know that we're very excited about this beta release. We've already definitely gotten a ton of feedback from many of you. Thank you! Right now, the issues that have taken center stage for our developers are:
1. Windows 64-bit support: Tons of you have written in asking about 64-bit support, and we should be able to have a test release within a day or two!
2. Some of you have had issues where no media can play at all. You see all the clips and thumbnail images while you browse through all the shows, but when you select them to watch, it consistently fails. On the PLAYSTATION 3, the error looks something like: The folder could not be accessed. This content may have been deleted by the media server. On the Xbox 360, you might see Status code: 69-C00D36C4. We're working very hard to fix this, and will try to keep you updated. We definitely appreciate your patience.
In the meantime, don't be shy with your feedback. Our in-house user forum isn't working right quite yet, but we encourage you to contact us directly with questions or suggestions. We definitely listen to what you have to say, and we work hard to make PlayOn the best it can be.ShareThis
Aug. 19, 2008
Richard Lawler, who writes for EngadgetHD, just gave PlayOn the Thumbs Up. The PlayOn Beta has only been available for the past 12 hours and he has already downloaded it and watched Psych on his PS3. Impressive. He says that while his experience was good, he'd wait before paying the $30 post-trial price. OK, we hear you. We'll earn your $30. We'll add Netflix and CNN as we move from Beta to GA (General Availability). We'll continue to make it better and better with your feedback. After all - there is no advertising in the interface (yes, Hulu has pre-rolls and mid-rolls to support their business), but the license fee is the only way we can support the product -- and we do have to eat...at least every once in a while ;).ShareThis
Aug. 18, 2008
Mike Smith of Yahoo! Games just wrote a great article entitled "5 Reasons to Cancel Your Cable" and named PlayOn as the #1 reason, since it allows you to watch Hulu on your big screen TV. He also mentions some other great technologies, such as Zune and Netflix's new on-demand feature (which will be available on your TV via PlayOn soon as well). As Mike mentioned, we are getting ready to release the Beta version of PlayOn today! We are buttoning up some last things, and getting ready to post the link and email all the folks who have signed up to be a Beta user. We are really excited to hear what folks think.
If you are interested, you can sign up to be a beta user as well -- and spread the word - getplayon.com!
Well, gotta get back to work on getting the website ready for the launch.ShareThis
Aug. 13, 2008
Well, as you can probably tell, we launched our new Website today. Kudos to Rachel Su who was a rock star during development and deployment! We hope you like our face-lift (OK - it is more like Face/Off - John Travolta's 1997 hit, except we are not evil now ;). This should give you a better sense of who we are and where we are going, and gives us the place to launch PlayOn -- first in Beta form next Monday, with the fully featured release to follow shortly thereafter.
If you want to become a beta tester, you can sign up to be notified on Monday via email when the Beta is available for download. And - of course, we will send you detailed instructions.ShareThis
Aug. 11, 2008
So this has been dubbed the Broadband Olympics. NBC has undertaken offering over 5,000 hours of streamed and on-demand Olympic coverage in the two week Olympic timeframe. All of this video is recorded in China, edited, and offered up to us, the consumers, in record time. WOW. The Broadband coverage is a great way to check out more esoteric sporting events, or to make sure you see that race you have been anticipating, despite the fact it will occur while you sleep.
Check out the recent amazing upset: Swimming Relay
So - what I want to know is - are you watching? Have you used NBCOlympics.com? What do you think? Oh, and don't forget to stretch before the competitive fever strikes you too!ShareThis
Jul. 31, 2008
We are not abandoning the DSM-520 or ActiveTV application! I know there has been a lot of buzz around PlayOn - the new Xbox360/PS3 product, but that does not mean that we don't love the 520. In fact, much of the development we are doing for PlayOn will enable us to enhance ActiveTV as well.
I received an email today asking: Was hoping to see something for the DSM520 and CBS.com...any details?
So - we currently have CBS.com running on the DSM-520 in a Beta version which I mentioned a while back. It is still Beta because we haven't perfected the ad units yet (we are working on that), but otherwise it is fully-functional. If you want to check it out, you can email me at email@example.com and I can get you into the Beta program so that you can watch your favorite CBS shows on your big screen TV!ShareThis
Jul. 30, 2008
We are on track to launch the PlayOn Beta for the PS3 and Xbox360 in 19 days! It is looking great. We have decided on the name PlayOn (what do ya think?) for the product that will allow you to PLAY Hulu, YouTube, CBS.com, and ESPN.com ON your TV via your PS3 or Xbox360. We are still rounding up Beta users, and in fact I just received an email yesterday from a gamer that works over at Yahoo! Videogames, and I quote:
"Sounds awesome! I was just complaining to a friend the other day that I can't watch Hulu on my bigscreen because it doesn't let you download the video and stream it. So count me in for the beta. ;)"
Thanks Richard - we are excited too! And - if you have a PS3, Xbox360 or HP MediaSmart TV, you can be a Beta user as well -- just shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what device you have, and we will put you on the list for the August 18th Beta release. Oh - and like all Betas, the release will be free for Beta users! So, come on and join in the countdown fun!