Dec. 3, 2013

Stream and record in HD!

Time and time again, we have heard from users like you asking, “When is high definition coming?” Well, folks, we are so excited to announce that today’s the day! PlayOn and PlayLater are now available in HD. What does this mean, exactly? Without HD, PlayOn and PlayLater deliver video up to 480p. Now with HD, PlayOn and PlayLater can deliver video quality up to 720p, as long as the channel provides content in that quality as well.

Now Available in HD

WHAT I NEED
You likely already have what you need to watch or record in HD. As long as you have a quad-core processor, your PC should be able to handle streaming and recording in HD, and if you’re an existing PlayOn or PlayLater customer, the software will tell you if your PC is HD-capable. Simply go to Settings and click on the General tab. If your PC is HD capable, you will see a link to “Upgrade to HD” in the Video Performance section. If you don’t have PlayOn or PlayLater, you can check your PC’s PassMark score to see if it can handle HD by clicking here. If your PassMark score is 2300 or higher, your PC is HD-capable.

WHAT’S AVAILABLE
While not every channel offers high definition content, the channels listed below do. Check the list below to see what you can watch with the new HD offering:

  • HBOGO
  • Hulu Plus
  • NBC
  • NHL
  • Vevo
  • Vimeo
  • Amazon
  • YouTube
  • VH1
  • MTV
  • Netflix
  • Disney
  • Aereo
  • CBS
  • Fox News
  • TLC
  • Animal Planet
  • Redbox
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Fit & Health
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Military Channel
  • Science Channel
  • Velocity Channel
  • TV.com
  • FoxSoccer
  • PBS
  • ComedyCentral
  • NBA
  • PBS Kids
  • Telemundo
  • MLB
  • NFL

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
There is a ton of great HD content available on PlayOn. Below are a few of our favorites. Check back in on Thursday for some additional HD recommendations. 

  • On YouTube check out the Documentary Channel for some cool documentaries in HD. Subscribe under your YouTube account and stream in HD using PlayOn or record in HD using PlayLater.
  • We love Once Upon a Time on ABC. You can catch up on the latest season in HD via Hulu
  • Snowed in? We recommend a TV marathon! Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Damages, Falling Skies, Sons of Anarchy and Downton Abbey are all available to watch or record in HD on Amazon Instant Video.

Are you ready to see things a little more clearly on your TV or device? Head to www.playon.tv/features/HD to learn more or to add HD to your PlayOn and PlayLater licenses today!

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Nov. 20, 2013

Get Chromecast-like capabilities on your Roku with PlayCast!

We’re excited to announce that PlayCast by PlayOn is now available in the Roku channel store!
 
PlayCast by PlayOn lets you send videos from the browser of your screen directly to your big screen TV through your Roku. Basically, you have the functionality of a Chromecast, without having to buy a dongle. You can use what you already have – a Roku – to cast videos from your PC to your TV.
What’s awesome about PlayCast by PlayOn is that you can cast videos using the browser of your choice, including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera.
Want to see how it works? Check out our PlayCast by PlayOn page or take a look at the steps below:

  1. Download PlayCast by PlayOn for free from the Roku channel store.
  2. Open PlayOn and enable PlayCast by PlayOn for your browser in your PlayOn Settings. Click on the checkboxes to enable PlayOn for your favorite browsers, and then click the “Apply” button.
  3. Open a browser and find a cool video that you want to cast to your TV. Nearly any video on any site will work. When you find the one you want to cast, just click on the PlayOn icon, which will be at the top of your browser. Choose which device you want to cast to from the list of available devices, and watch the video on your TV!

 
A couple tips to remember:

  • Your Roku device must be on the same network as your PC.
  • To use PlayCast by PlayOn on your Roku, you must install the PlayCast Roku channel. You can get it free in the Roku channel store!
  • Having trouble? Or find a site that doesn’t play nice with PlayCast? Is there a feature that you really love? Tell us at support@playon.tv. We love hearing feedback from you.

Try PlayCast by PlayOn and let us know what you think! You can reach us on Facebook, Twitter or via email.

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Oct. 31, 2013

Streams with Screams!!!

Happy Halloween fellow streamers!  I've been working over the last week on assembling a list of some of my favorite scary movies and TV shows...With a little help from Mrs. Channel Master and our little PlayOn minions, we think we've come up with a pretty cool list to suit a variety of tastes (and stomachs).   Watch with PlayOn or record with PlayLater to save for a weekend screamfest!
 
And, as a special treat we have added a new plugin to the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store just in time to enjoy for Halloween - Just like being at a 70's drive-in theater, without the speakers attached to your car door...Campy goodness from CreepyFlicks.com
 
http://playon.tv/channel-store/channel/creepy-flicks
 
 
For the Grown Ups

  • Evil Dead & Evil Dead 2 - Crackle, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime
  • Night of the Living Dead - Crackle, Hulu, Amazon Prime
  • Nosferatu - Amazon Prime
  • Hellraiser - Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime
  • Supernatural - Netflix (prior seasons), TheCW (current season)
  • American Horror Story - Netflix, Amazon Prime (prior seasons), Amazon VOD (current season)
  • Psycho - Netflix
  • Poltergeist - Amazon Prime
  • The Gate - Amazon Prime
  • An American Werewolf in London - Amazon Prime
  • The Exorcist - Amazon VOD
  • Re-Animator - Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • The Night Stalker(Classic Series) - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hammerheadx1
  • The House on Haunted Hill (1959) - Hulu
  • The Shining - Amazon VOD
  • The Cabin in the Woods - Amazon Prime and Netflix
  • Repulsion - Hulu

 
For the Entire Family

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Oct. 21, 2013

Exciting new plugins hitting the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store

We've added several cool new plugins over the last couple of weeks.  Be sure to stop by the Channel Store to check them out....and, as always, free to download!
 
 
PopCorn Flix:  Popcornflix was created for people who want to watch "Great Movies. Free." Popcornflix has full-length movies that will make you laugh, make you cry, scare the heck out of you, or inspire you to hug the person you love.
http://www.playon.tv/channel-store/channel/popcorn-flix
 
 
Daily Motion:  Dailymotion is one of the leading sites for sharing videos over the Internet.
http://www.playon.tv/channel-store/channel/daily-motion
 
 
Twitch.tv:  Twitch is the world’s largest video platform and community for gamers.
http://www.playon.tv/channel-store/channel/twitch
 
 
Machinima:  The Dominant Video Entertainment Network for Gamers
http://www.playon.tv/channel-store/channel/machinima
 
 
CBC:  Canada's national public radio and television broadcaster. Includes television shows, news, and sports programming. Programming available only in Canada
 
 
Stay tuned - More exciting content on the way!

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Oct. 2, 2013

TargetTicket.com and PlayMark...an excellent combination!

Has anyone checked out the new TargetTicket service?  It looks pretty cool so far.
 
I've been testing over the last couple of days and it turns out you can use PlayMark to watch videos from TargetTicket.com at your TV or mobile device...Or record those videos with PlayLater!
 
With a bit of patience, touch of magic...and some secret sauce - you can be watching or recording your favorite videos from TargetTicket.com in no time :)

Here goes:

  •    Stop the PlayOn server
  •    Hold SHIFT+ALT while starting the server again
  •    In the Internet Explorer window that opens, browse to TargetTicket.com
  •    Log in and play a video
  •    Close this IE window
  •    Now, launch IE (normally) and browse to TargetTicket.com
  •    Click on My Library
  •    Play a video. 
  •    Click on the PlayMark button

 
Now you'll see the PlayMark window open with a message indicating "analyzing" followed by a message indicating there were no videos detected.
 
 
DON'T PANIC! 
 
 
Click on next and you should now be able to select the video again in the PlayMark window.  This time the video should be detected and play in the PlayMark window.  Crop the video, click next and then choose to "save", "save & send to", or "save and record"...
 
That's all there is to it...As always, if you have any trouble just let us know.  We are happy to help...Providing solutions and spreading the media streaming love - that's what we're all about!

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Sep. 21, 2013

Season 4 of White Collar available to stream free!

Many of you have asked about shows like White Collar from USA Network. Leading up to the premiere of a new season, USA generally makes the entire previous season available to stream free at Hulu...and White Collar is no exception.
 
For a limited time, season 4 is available to stream free in its entirety. And it's web only so it's not available using Hulu Plus - but you can watch on your TV or on your mobile device using PlayOn. Or use PlayLater to record the series before it expires. Happy streaming!
 
 
 
http://www.hulu.com/white-collar

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Sep. 10, 2013

Introducing PlayOn’s Show Finder: Find Your Favorite TV Shows and Movies on PlayOn!

Introducing PlayOn’s Show Finder: Find Your Favorite TV Shows and Movies on PlayOn!

A couple weeks ago, we asked you to challenge us to find your favorite TV shows, movies and clips to watch via PlayOn. You rose to the challenge and we had hundreds of requests for shows ranging from classics (I Love Lucy) to current staples (Breaking Bad)! I enjoyed telling you all how to watch your favorite shows and movies on PlayOn. I enjoyed it so much we decided to put my knowledge of where to find shows into an awesome new feature on our website – The Show Finder. Show Finder gives YOU the ability to search for your favorite TV shows, movies and video clips to watch on PlayOn. It cuts out the middleman (me) and puts the power in your hands.

We’ve spent quite a bit of time compiling this database of TV shows, movies and clips and categorizing what PlayOn channels you can use to access them. If you come across a show that is not in the database, let us know and we’ll keep an eye out for it. We hope you find this new feature as helpful as we do! How to use our Show Finder:

  1. Go to http://www.playon.tv/showfinder.
  2. Type in the name of the TV, movie or video clip you are searching for.
  3. A list of PlayOn channels will appear where you can find that TV show/movie.
  4. If a show or movie is not available, please email us at showfinder@playon.tv and we will try to find it for you.

That’s it! Super easy to use and helpful beyond belief when you want to watch something specific on PlayOn. So what do you think? Will you use the PlayOn Show Finder? Let us know your thoughts, questions and comments on Facebook and Twitter, or by email.

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Sep. 6, 2013

Nostalgia's calling...

Hi gang!  I have been going through all of the results of the 5 day challenge we did a while ago and have assembled part 1 of the list of YouTube links and usernames for some of the great shows you all requested.
 
The Monkees, The Muppet Show, The Great Space Coaster, The Carol Burnett Show...Take a trip back to your childhood and enjoy!
 
Add usernames to the YouTube list in PlayOn Settings, subscribe to those users under your own YouTube account or use PlayMark to organize videos into your own custom channels...We are all about creative solutions.  And if your show isn't on this list, stay tuned...more exciting stuff on the way!
 
 
The George Lopez Show:  https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=george+lopez+s...
 
Tru Calling:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=tru+calling&lc...
 
Dateline NBC: DatelineNBCreports
https://www.youtube.com/user/DatelineNBCreports
 
Cake Boss:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=cake+boss&lclk...
 
Hardcore Pawn:
https://www.youtube.com/user/HDHardcorePawnTV
 
Cougar Town:
https://www.youtube.com/user/misschacha2911
 
Dark Shadows:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=dark+shadows&l...
 
Press Your Luck: greenwater735
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=press+your+luc...
 
Classic Game Shows:  gameshowtemple
 
Sale of the Century:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=sale+of+the+ce...
 
Jeopardy:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=jeopardy&lclk=...
 
Nature Documentaries (and Animal Planet vids): AlliantContent
https://www.youtube.com/user/AlliantContent
 
The Outdoor Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=outdoor+channe...
 
The Carol Burnett Show: superspecialesme
 
Dog and Beth on the Hunt (PlayMark):
http://www.cmt.com/dog-and-beth-on-the-hunt/episodes.jhtml
 
American Ninja Warrior (PlayMark):
http://www.g4tv.com/ninjawarrior/videos/
 
The Match Game, Wheel of Fortune, What’s My Line:
https://www.youtube.com/user/MatchGameProductions
 
Gilligan’s Island TV Movies:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=gilligans+isla...
 
Patty Duke: NickatNiteBlknWhite
 

Leave it To Beaver: NickatNiteBlknWhite
 

The Beverly Hillbillies: NickatNiteBlknWhite
 

Gunsmoke: NickatNiteBlknWhite
 

Dobie Gillis: NickatNiteBlknWhite
 

Rawhide: NickatNiteBlknWhite
 

Andy Griffith: NickatNiteBlknWhite
 
Hulabaloo Performances:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hulabaloo&oq=hulabaloo&gs_l...
 
Shindig Performances:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=shindig&oq=shindig&gs_l=you...
 
Backyardigans: ChildrenMediaCartoon, phables101
 
Wonder Pets: coolbearmak
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wonder+pets&oq=wonder+pets&...
 
Hogan’s Heroes: iParatrooper04
 
Small Wonder:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=small+wonder&l...
 
Perfect Strangers:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=perfect+strang...
 
Mr.Belvedere
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=mr+belvedere&l...
 
The Odd Couple, NewsRadio, All in the Family:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUjLNhaxX56PZUQMSUvwr9w/videos
 
Three’s Company:
https://www.youtube.com/user/threescompanyvideos/videos
 
Moesha: moeshaepisodes135
 
Riptide: Rollingthunder41
 

Go-Bots:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlSOE-6EdgA
 
Home Improvement: Serial638
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=home+improveme...
 
New Avengers:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=the+new+avenge...
 
Kung Fu: OfficiallyKungFu
http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficiallyKungFu
 
The Monkees: themonkeesrule12345
http://www.youtube.com/user/themonkeesrule12345
 
Have Gun Will Travel: NickatNiteBlknWhite
 
The Price is Right Pilot Episode:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX35wivlucE&list=TLLIT6veeaEX4
 
The Howdy Doody Show: ClassicTV789,goldenclassictv
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=howdy+doody&lc...
 
Car 54, Where Are You?: pippykins
https://www.youtube.com/user/pippykins
 
Moonlighting: WeeMac1270
 
The Muppets:
http://www.youtube.com/user/MultiMumpitz
 
Bill Nye The Science Guy:
https://www.youtube.com/user/mychannelofscience/videos
 
Ghost Writer: IBeGhostwriter
https://www.youtube.com/user/IBeGhostwriter
 
Carmen San Diego:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=carmen+sandieg...
 
Wishbone: 90sProject
https://www.youtube.com/user/90sProject
 
G.I. Joe: stickpge,PunchorKissFilms
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=GI+Joe&lclk=long
Square One TV (and other great educational programming): TonyDuMont
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=square+one+TV&...
 
Spiderman (1967) and other classic Superhero cartoons: SuperheroKAPOW
https://www.youtube.com/user/SuperheroKAPOW
 
VR.5: vr5fan
https://www.youtube.com/user/vr5fan
 
Space 1999:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=space:1999&lcl...
 
Munsters Go Home!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV5h4XfBUeg
 
The Addams Family:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=the+addams+fam...
 
Newton’s Apple (and other eductational videos): lvlagnetoTwo
 
3-2-1 Contact: HomeschoolDad5280
 
Mama’s Family: jennprbabe
 
Tripping the Rift: AlienShame
 
Baby Blues: Castrum
 
The Green Hornet tv series: TheGreenestHornet
 
Border Wars Season 1-5: BorderWarsTV
 
The Pink Panther cartoon: ThePinkPantherChan
 
Newhart:: PumpkinGoo
 
Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: IndianaJonesCROhr
 
The Great Space Coaster: BriSchwa82
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=the+great+spac...
 
The Jack Benny Show:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=the+jack+benny...
 
The Great GilderSleeves: wflyercomfilms
 
The HoneyMooners
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=the+honeymoone...
 
Rescue 911 (segments): allgood2000
 
Perry Mason: Boblebzel
 
The Golden Girls: goldengirlpalace
 
Dinosaurs: dinosaursTVshow
https://www.youtube.com/user/dinosaursTVshow

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Aug. 29, 2013

Babble Wants to Know: Are You Ready To Cut The Cord?

How much do you pay for cable on a monthly basis? According to our most recent customer survey, 87 percent of you said that you spent at least $50 per month on your cable bill before cutting the cord. For those of you who haven’t cut cable yet, what are you waiting for?

Inspired by that survey, we created an infographic that helps you decide if you’re ready to cut cable and what your best options are for setting up a cable-free home. Depending on your preferences (are you a PC user? Mac user? Can’t live without sports?), this infographic guides you step-by-step through the intricacies of getting rid of cable.

Popular parenting website Babble shared our graphic – try it out for yourself and find out if you’re ready to get rid of cable:

Are You Ready to Cut the Cord?

So, which one are you? Let us know if you’re stuck with cable, might be ready to cut or are definitely ready to get rid of cable on our Facebook and Twitter, or by email.

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Aug. 28, 2013

Top 5 Ways Parents Use PlayOn and PlayLater

In the spirit of PlayLater winning a Mom’s Choice Award, we dedicated the entirety of last week to all of you parents who use PlayOn and PlayLater. We asked you to share stories of how your family gets the most out of PlayOn and PlayLater. We loved hearing what you had to say, so we thought we’d pass along your parental wisdom and share the top five ways parents use our software:

  1. You love using PlayLater to record your kids’ favorite TV shows before they expire online.
    You can find a ton of awesome streaming content online, but there’s usually a catch: it expires. Instead of letting your favorite TV shows and movies disappear forever, PlayLater lets you record and you're your family’s favorite media on hand and ready to watch.
  2. You use PlayOn to watch home videos directly from your PC to your TV.
    There’s nothing better than curling up with your family to watch home videos. The best thing about using PlayOn to watch home media is that there are no messy – or confusing – cords preventing you from watching your favorite memories. PlayOn makes streaming home videos from your PC to your TV wireless, easy and instant.
  3. You use PlayLater to watch TV and movies while traveling – even with zero Internet connection.
    Traveling with kids can be stressful. Whether your family is taking a road trip or hopping on a plane for your annual vacation, PlayLater allows you to pre-record TV shows or movies to watch on the go. The best thing is: you don’t have to connect to the Internet when using PlayLater. If the show is recorded, you can watch it anywhere. Plus, PlayLater is much cheaper than buying a new movie or swiping your credit card to watch a featured film on a plane trip. Not bad!
  4. You access free Hulu content on TV, without Hulu Plus.
    Hulu is one of the most popular streaming media channels on the planet as it has the latest and greatest TV shows – and a ton of great ones for kids and families. Typically you need Hulu Plus to watch Hulu’s content on your TV, but PlayOn makes it possible to stream directly from your PC to your TV – no Hulu Plus account needed! That saves you an extra $8.99 per month.
  5. You like to schedule little “me” time.
    Whether you use PlayLater to record your favorite show to watch after the kids go to sleep, or you put your kid’s favorite movie on PlayOn to get a little peace and quiet, PlayOn and PlayLater give you a little “me” time!

How does your family use PlayOn and PlayLater? You can share your story with us on Facebook and Twitter, or by email.

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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.