Aug. 20, 2013

Mom’s Choice Award Win

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.

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Aug. 7, 2013

Can’t Live Without It

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!

Channel Master Skip

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Aug. 6, 2013

Got a case of the CBS vs. TWC blues?

We do.  
 
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.

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Jul. 26, 2013

Watching Under the Dome with PlayOn!

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:
http://www.cbs.com/shows/under-the-dome/video/
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)
 
Enjoy!
 
 

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Jul. 16, 2013

Introducing PlayOn for BlackBerry, bringing Netflix, Hulu & more to BlackBerry 10

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.

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Jul. 9, 2013

Welcome Aereo to the PlayOn/PlayLater family!

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.

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Jun. 26, 2013

Cartoons, Cartoons, Cartoons!

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!  
 
SpongeBob shows:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=spongebob+full...
Yo Gabba Gabba: video clips
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=yo+gabba+gabba+full+episodes
Baby Looney Tunes shows:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=baby+looney+tu...
Dragon Tales:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dragon+tales+full+episodes
Woody Woodpecker and friends:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=woody+woodpeck...
Big Comfy Couch:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=big+comfy+couch&filters=lon...
Pink Panther cartoons:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=pink+panther+c...
Captain Planet:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=captain+planet+full+episode...
Zoobilee Zoo:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=zoobilee+zoo&filters=long&l...
Backyardigans:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=backyardigans+english
Muppet Babies:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=muppet+babies&filters=long&...
Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=adventures+of+sonic+the+hed...
Mister Rogers Neighborhood:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=mister+rogers+...
Talespin:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=talespin
Are You Afraid Of The Dark:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=are+you+afraid...
Animaniacs:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=animaniacs&lcl...
Bobby's World:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bobby%27s+world&filters=lon...
Goof troop:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=goof+troop+ful...
HR Pufnstuf:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=pufnstuf&lclk=...
Kipper The Dog:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kipper+the+dog+full+episodes
The Magic Schoolbus:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=the+magic+scho...
The Proud Family:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=the+proud+fami...
Tom and Jerry:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=tom+and+jerry+...
Caillou:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=caillou+full+episodes&filte...
Button Moon:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=video&search_query=button+moon&l...
Dastardly & Muttley:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dastardly+%26+muttley&filte...
Pingu:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=pingu&lclk=long
Count Duckula:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=count+duckula&...
Small Wonder Show:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=small+wonder&filters=long&l...
Gummi Bears:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gummi+bears&filters=long&lc...
Top Cat:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=top+cat&filters=long&lclk=long
Fun-House show:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=funhouse+show&...
Finders Keepers game show:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=finders+keeper...
Penny Crayon:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=penny+crayon&lclk=rm:long
SuperTed:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=superted&page=2
Wishbone:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=wishbone&lclk=...
Danger Mouse:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=danger+mouse&l...
Teddy Ruxpin:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=teddy+ruxpin+c...
Dungeons & Dragons cartoon:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=dungeons+%26+d...
Davey and Goliath:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=davey+and+goliath+episodes&...
Bill Nye the science guy:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=bill+nye+the+s...
Ghost Writer:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=ghost+writer&l...
Johnny Test:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=johnnytest&lcl...
The Snorks:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+snorks+full+episodes&oq...
Peanuts - Charlie Brown:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=peanuts+full+episodes+charl...
Popeye cartoon:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=popeye+cartoon...
Zoboomafoo:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=zoboomafoo&filters=long&lcl...
Busytown Mysteries:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=busytown+mysteries&filters=...
Pocoyo in english:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pocoyo+in+english+full+epis...
Winnie The Pooh:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=winnie+the+poo...
Oswald The Octopus:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Oswald+the+octopus
Bubble Guppies:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=bubble+guppies...
Being Ian:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=being+ian&filters=long&lclk...
Tickety Toc:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=tickety+toc+fu...
Wow Wow Wubbzy:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wow+wow+wubbzy&lclk=rm:long
Legends Of The Hidden Temple:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=legends+of+the+hidden+templ...
Duckman:
http://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=duckman+cartoon...
He-man and the Masters of the Universe:
http://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=he-man+and+the+...
You Can’t Do That on Television:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=you+cant+do+that+on+televis...
Babar:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=babar&filters=long&lclk=long
Beetlejuice:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=beetlejuice+ca...
Dragonball Z:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=dragon+ball+z+...
Bump in the Night:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bump+in+the+night+cartoon
Hey Arnold:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hey+arnold&lclk=rm:long
Noddy:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Noddy
Recess:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=recess+episodes&oq=Recess
Punky Brewster:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=punky+brewster++full+episod...
The Adventures Of Tintin:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=the+adventures...
Darkwing Duck:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=darkwing+duck&...
She-Ra Princess of Power:
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=she-ra+princes...
Super Mario Bros. Super Show:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Super+Mario+Bros.+Super+Show
The Legend Of Zelda:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+legend+of+zelda+cartoon
Mister Magoo:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mister+magoo+cartoon&filter...
Mr. Wizard's World:
http://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=mr.+wizards+wor...
 

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Jun. 17, 2013

Kicking off the week with a thank you... to YOU!

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.

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Jun. 14, 2013

Give PlayMark a Shot! Here’s How to Get Started

PlayMark is the new browser extension we told you about a couple of days ago. PlayMark lets you easily mark online videos and send them through PlayOn right to your TV. We wanted to take a quick opportunity to show you just how easy it is:

1) Enable PlayMark in your PlayOn Settings.

Enable PlayMark in PlayOn Settings

 

2) Select a browser. You can hook up PlayMark with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

3) Find a cool video that you want to stream to your TV. Whether it’s YouTube, Funny or Die or your best friend’s blog – nearly any video on any site (as long as it's in Flash, Silverlight, or HTML5) will work.

4) Mark your video. Right click on the web page that contains the video and select “PlayMark” to launch the PlayMark app. (If you use Opera, PlayMark will be installed as an icon in your toolbar.)

5) Send the video to your TV. If you have a Digital Media Renderer (DMR) device like a Roku or Xbox, you can send the video straight to your TV. Just select “save and send to TV." from PlayMark.

 

6) Watch the video on your TV! PlayMarked videos can be found in the PlayMark channel on PlayOn.

 

Tips to remember:

  • You’ll need to update to the latest version of PlayOn to use PlayMark.
  • If you use the Opera browser, you can access PlayMark as a toolbar button rather than using right-click.
  • PlayMark works with videos (in the Flash, Silverlight, and HTML5 format) from any website – even those that are online only! We recommend checking out sites like YouTube, MySpace.com, Break.com, UStream and Justin.tv. You can even check out your local news stations to see what clips they’re streaming online.
  • PlayMark is in beta, which means we want to hear from you. Your feedback will help us make PlayMark the best it can be. Find a site that doesn’t play nice with PlayMark? Is there a feature that you really love? Tell us at support@playon.tv.

We hope you find PlayMark a useful addition to PlayOn. All of this information is handy on our PlayMark page and we have a PlayMark User Guide for folks who want more details.

So – go try it out, enjoy, and let us know what you think! As always, you can reach us on Facebook, Twitter or via email.

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Jun. 11, 2013

Three exciting new features for PlayOn and PlayLater.

PlayOn just gave birth to triplets…3 new features…introducing, drum roll please, PlayMark, PlayTo and RecordTo!
 
 
PlayMark
We’re so excited. For starters, PlayOn can now let you watch VIRTUALLY ANY web video on your TV. It’s called PlayMark – and it is a web browser extension. Picture this – you’re browsing the web on your PC, you come across a cool video that you want to show to your family later on TV. You click the PlayMark icon in your browser menu to mark the video, and then continue happily browsing the web. Later that evening, you’re in front of the TV looking for something to watch – oh yeah, I wanted to show you guys something! Bring up PlayOn, find the PlayMark folder, click on it and --- in a few seconds you’re watching that same web video you PlayMarked earlier…right on your TV!
It’s in beta now, and if you want to be one of the first lucky ones to give it a test drive – check out the details at www.playon.tv/playmark.
 
PlayTo
PlayMark has this other cool feature integrated into it called PlayTo. Instead of simply bookmarking it for later -- if you have a Roku, Xbox 360 or Google TV (or any Digital Media Renderer (DMR)), you can just click “send to…” and the video will start playing on your TV (well, so long as the Roku/Xbox/GoogleTV is connected to that TV). You can also use PlayTo from your mobile phone or tablet. Just browse through the PlayOn app on your phone or iPad, click the play button, then select the device you want the video to play on and it’ll start playing on your TV, instantly. I know – cool, right?
 
RecordTo
It gets even better. We’re also including, for your convenience, at no extra cost…RecordTo. RecordTo is for PlayOn users who also have PlayLater, or “Bundlers”, as we like to call you guys. It lets you select a video from your phone’s PlayOn app and record it via PlayLater. As long as your PlayOn app is paired with your PlayLater PC and PlayLater is running, it will just add the video to the recording queue on your PC. How convenient is that? Now, using your phone, you can:

  1. Watch on your Phone (PlayOn)
  2. Send to your Roku (PlayTo)
  3. Record in PlayLater (RecordTo)

Yeah baby – all of this right from your phone or tablet.
So – welcome to our feature triplets: PlayMark, PlayTo and RecordTo – we hope you enjoy our new babies!

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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.