Aug. 29, 2013
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:
Aug. 28, 2013
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Aug. 20, 2013
We’re thrilled to announce that PlayLater has received a Mom’s Choice Silver Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards recognize the best family-friendly products, media and services— and this year they recognized PlayLater for its ability to bring households fantastic, family-oriented TV at an affordable price.
PlayOn and PlayLater have become staple names in our own households. Many of us PlayOn staffers have kids of our own, and instead of hearing our kids ask “Can I watch TV? ” we love hearing them say, “Mom, can I watch PlayLater?”
In honor of the award win, and because we want to thank and recognize all of the awesome families using PlayOn and PlayLater in their homes, we want to dedicate this week to parents! Moms and dads, you are the ones who are committed to keeping cable costs low for your family while still providing great TV options for everyone to enjoy. And you are the reason why your children have their favorite TV shows and movies recorded with PlayLater. Basically, you rock. We want to recognize that this week. Look for fun posts on Facebook and Twitter this week earmarked for the moms and dads of PlayOn.
Oh, and one more thing: since we consider you guys part of the PlayOn family, we want to get to know your family a little better. How has PlayOn and PlayLater impacted your lives as parents? How does your family use PlayOn and PlayLater? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter and we'll share your stories on our blog next week.
Aug. 7, 2013
We recently found ourselves reminiscing about a number of great shows that aren’t on TV anymore, like Gilligan’s Island, Flipper and Wonder Woman, and we realized – we can’t live without them! And then it occurred to us – all of you are probably thinking the same.
And that’s how we came up with the “Can’t Live Without It Challenge.”
We grabbed Skip, our channel master here at PlayOn, and challenged you to tell Skip your favorite shows that aren’t on TV anymore, the shows that are keeping you from cutting the cable, and even movies and TV you wish you could stream online. For the past few days, Skip has been at your beck and call, scouring the PlayOn databases to find exactly how and where you can use PlayOn to watch those programs. After all, that’s what we’re here for!
And so far, Skip has been a rock star. He has found hundreds of TV shows – including some favorites like I Love Lucy, The Carol Burnett Show and Three’s Company.
Have a show you just can’t live without, and want to know how you can watch it with PlayOn? Head to our Facebook page this week and challenge Skip – he’ll be available through this Friday, August 8. And keep an eye out for some additions to our website this month – we think you’ll like them!
Aug. 6, 2013
Once again a contract dispute leaves paying customers caught in the middle. How many of you out there are Time Warner Customers that can't watch CBS online or on TV now? The arguments for PlayOn keep getting better and better.
Unfortunately, CBS has also blocked streaming online at CBS.com for those with Time Warner as their ISP whether you are in one of the impacted cable markets or not.
Where's the love?
Here at PlayOn, we are all about solutions. If you are in one of the impacted markets and you have an OTA antenna, then you are all set. You can just tune in to your local CBS station.
But if you have Time Warner as your ISP and don't have an OTA antenna (or can't pick up a signal) then you still have options.
Browse on over to Aereo.com and check to see if you are in one of their coverage areas: https://aereo.com/coverage
If you are, then you're in luck. Just sign up for a free trial, enter your credentials in PlayOn Settings on your PC and you can be streaming live CBS programming in minutes.
Not in an Aereo coverage area? Do you have a laptop and PlayLater? Go to a coffee shop or a friend's house, relax, record your CBS programming with PlayLater, and then watch at your leisure.
Jul. 26, 2013
Under the Dome has become a very popular show and we understand how frustrating it has been for folks to find a way to watch it using PlayOn.
For those with an Amazon Prime subscription, it's easy - All episodes are immediately available as part of the Amazon Prime Instant Streaming Library.
For those without Amazon Prime, the experience has been less than ideal. When browsing to the CBS website and trying to play a full episode of Under the Dome it appears as though you need either an Amazon Prime subscription or Xfinity cable subscription. With the exception of the most recent episode, none of the full episodes are hosted/played on the CBS.com website.
Here's the thing, though...Full episodes of Under the Dome are available free without any kind of subscription...and here are steps you can use to play via PlayOn on your TV and mobile devices.
Before following these steps, be sure you are running the most recent version of PlayOn and that you have installed the PlayMark extension for Internet Explorer.
1. Using IE, browse to the Under the Dome full episodes via CBS.com using this link:
2. Roll your mouse over one of the full episodes and select the Xfinity link (make sure you have pop-up blocking disabled)...don't worry, you won't need to log in.
3. You will see a message indicating the video is rated PG-13 with a prompt to manage parental controls.
4. Ignore that message and just wait a few moments (should be about 30 seconds)
5. An ad will begin to play (in a smaller window). Let the ad finish and wait for the actual episode to start playing.
6. Click the PlayMark button. Crop and size the video as you wish (again waiting for that 1st ad to end and the episode to start so that you are cropping properly). Save the video (or save and send to a compatible device).
You should now be able to play the full episode using PlayOn's PlayMark channel at your TV or mobile device.
Please note - If you have any trouble using the Xfinity link, the AT&T Uverse link works well too (and the instructions are essentially the same)
Jul. 16, 2013
Looking for a way to watch TV on your BlackBerry? We’ve officially partnered with BlackBerry to bring all your favorite TV shows and movies to BlackBerry 10 devices for the first time – and we couldn’t be more excited!
As of today, you can download the PlayOn App from BlackBerry World to your BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 smartphone. With our app, you’ll be able to stream online content to your phone. Choose from more than 60 channels, including Hulu (no Hulu Plus subscription needed), Netflix, HBO GO, CBS, Comedy Central and Redbox. See here for a list of channels we offer.
Here’s how it works:
- If you don’t have it already, download and install the PlayOn software to your PC. It's only $49.99 for a lifetime license – plus we offer a 30-day money back guarantee. It will take just five minutes to set up.
- Download our free PlayOn mobile app, available in BlackBerry World onto your BlackBerry 10 device.
- That's it! Now you can watch your favorite TV shows and movies on your BlackBerry 10 device over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G.
For more about our partnership with BlackBerry and what you get with the PlayOn app for BlackBerry 10, head to our PlayOn for BlackBerry page, or take a look at the press release. And remember, your feedback helps us make PlayOn the best it can be, so let us know what you think about our BlackBerry app on Facebook and Twitter, or by email.ShareThis
Jul. 9, 2013
I am not a big blogger. But – launching Aereo is truly giving me something to write about. As a New Yorker myself, I was excited when Aereo launched and started using the service immediately. Bringing the Aereo channel to PlayOn has been one of my pet projects over the last couple of months. Watching TV on my PC has never appealed to me – which is why I originally founded PlayOn. Over the past 5+ years since its launch, we have methodically added over 60 channels to PlayOn, focusing on the content that would enable our users to stop paying outrageous cable bills and start watching what is available online for free, or at a very low fee on the Internet on their TV’s. We also recently launched PlayMark enabling consumers to quickly and easily bookmark virtually any video on the web and add it to their PlayOn TV lineup. We have an active community of 3rd party developers building plugin channels to serve more niche tastes. But, until the launch of Aereo, we have not been able to add local, live sports and news to the lineup. Now we can, and honestly, in the NY and Boston area, I feel like PlayOn is stronger than it’s ever been as a cable replacement. Over the coming months Aereo will be rolling out to even more markets, and PlayOn will be right there with them. Great online, and now live and local TV, at a fraction of the cost of cable.
Aereo becomes the 62nd native channel added to PlayOn – and it warranted a channel page redesign, which you can see here: https://www.playon.tv/content-channels. Of course, you can still add many more channels through the channel plugin developer community. Many are listed here: https://www.playon.tv/channel-store/.
For Aereo subscribers, this simply means that now you can watch Aereo through your PS3, Xbox360, Wii, GoogleTV, or Andriod tablet…5 popular devices that Aereo does not support natively (expanding Aereo availability to a potential of tens of millions of US TVs).
Please note that Aereo does NOT have a business relationship with PlayOn.
Jun. 26, 2013
Check out these great YouTube "searches"...Use PlayMark to create new custom channels to watch via PlayOn's PlayMark channel. SpongeBob, Woody Woodpecker, Darkwing Duck, Animaniacs, H.R. PuffnStuff....they're all here!
Yo Gabba Gabba: video clips
Baby Looney Tunes shows:
Woody Woodpecker and friends:
Big Comfy Couch:
Pink Panther cartoons:
Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog:
Mister Rogers Neighborhood:
Are You Afraid Of The Dark:
Kipper The Dog:
The Magic Schoolbus:
The Proud Family:
Tom and Jerry:
Dastardly & Muttley:
Small Wonder Show:
Finders Keepers game show:
Dungeons & Dragons cartoon:
Davey and Goliath:
Bill Nye the science guy:
Peanuts - Charlie Brown:
Pocoyo in english:
Winnie The Pooh:
Oswald The Octopus:
Wow Wow Wubbzy:
Legends Of The Hidden Temple:
He-man and the Masters of the Universe:
You Can’t Do That on Television:
Bump in the Night:
The Adventures Of Tintin:
She-Ra Princess of Power:
Super Mario Bros. Super Show:
The Legend Of Zelda:
Mr. Wizard's World:
Jun. 17, 2013
In April we sent you a survey so you could tell us about your PlayOn and PlayLater experience. We were curious about why you use PlayOn and PlayLater and how you felt about cable. We wanted to see what was working well for you and what could use some work on our end.
The results blew us away.
More than 4,000 of you responded, and we got a lot of great feedback! So, as a thank you, we’re dedicating this week to you - the folks who are always willing to put in your two cents through surveys, Facebook conversations, tweets and emails, to help us create a better user experience. Take a look at the survey results below to see what you and fellow PlayOn and PlayLater users had to say.
Thanks again, loyal friends, for filling us in on your PlayOn and PlayLater experiences. We can’t wait to see what you have to say during next year’s survey! In the meantime, be sure to join the conversation on our awesome Facebook group where there’s never a dull moment with our followers! We’re also available to chat on Twitter or by email.ShareThis