Jun. 6, 2012

Slacker Radio comes to PlayOn!

We are stoked to announce this week's showcased plugin....Hot off the presses...SLACKER RADIO!!!!....works with both free and premium Slacker accounts...check it out.
 
http://www.playon.tv/channel-store/channel/slacker-radio

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Jun. 4, 2012

PlayOn Newsletter

The first ever PlayOn Newsletter went out this week - check it out: http://tinyurl.com/7mpy5yh

My favorite part:

Most Popular in the Plugin Channel Store

  1. TV Land
  2. The WB
  3. HGTV
  4. Disney Junior
  5. Kids WB
  6. CBS Local
  7. History
  8. VH1
  9. CBS College Sports
  10. Qubo Kids Shows

Featured Show

Miami Vice

 

If you're over 30 years old you likely know Crockett and Tubbs pretty well, but we bet you've forgotten a lot of the episodes that you were glued to 25 years ago. If you're under 30 you may not have seen much of Miami Vice, but there are a million reasons you should check it out now. The coolest 80's music, fashion, and art deco designs to name just a few. So slip into a white suit and some white slip-on shoes (no socks of course) then catch a full episode of Miami Vice on Hulu today.  

 

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May. 24, 2012

Starcade Plugin - Check it out!

Super Zaxxon...Robotron...Berzerk...Jungle Hunt...Dragon's Lair...Dig Dug

If these names ring a bell then check out the Starcade plugin for a trip down memory lane...The first ever(and only) arcade game show brought to you in all its pocket protector glory...retro goodness...This week's plugin showcase from the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store...Starcade, yo!

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

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May. 7, 2012

Plugin Pick of the Week: RollerCoasters!

Looking for big time thrills when you hit the amusement parks this summer? Know what you're getting yourself into with this week's plugin pick: http://www.playon.tv/channel-store/channel/rollercoaster-pov-theatre
 
You can virtually ride rollercoasters from the safety of your own living room... and you won't even spill your popcorn.
 
Rollercoaster POV Theatre
www.playon.tv
Rollercoaster POV Theatre is a collection of front seat rides on some of the hottest coaster's in the world sit back grab your popcorn and a barf bag and enjoy!

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Apr. 12, 2012

PlayOn Adds HBO GO to PlayOn Lite, Bringing Free Unfettered Access to All HBO Subscribers on Their Roku, PlayStation 3, or Other

MediaMall Technologies, Inc.’s PlayOn. PlayOn announced HBO GO and the production release of My Media as part of their revamped free PlayOn Lite product today. PlayOn Lite is the lesser-known free version of PlayOn that will continue to work even after a customer’s 14-day PlayOn Premium trial has expired. PlayOn allows customers to turn their PC into a media server that serves Internet and local PC video content to their Roku, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Android/iOS mobile device. While PlayOn Premium offers heavy-hitter online channels like NBC.com, ABC.com, Fox.com, Hulu, Comedy Central, and Amazon VOD, PlayOn Lite offers YouTube, Pandora, and customers’ own locally-stored media (My Media), and for a limited time HBO GO for free. For more info, see http://www.playon.tv/playon-lite.
 
“There’s a wide array of TV show and movie entertainment readily available to consumers on their PC's. However, much of that content is not available on the living room televisions in those very same households. This is where PlayOn comes in. With PlayOn, if you can watch it on your PC, you can watch it on your TV. That’s because your PC is doing all the work, and then magically showing the videos on your TV,” remarks PlayOn CTO David Karlton. "We feel like once people get it, they will realize they'll be getting more and better TV entertainment, and saving money at the same time -- a rare combination.”
 
PlayOn Lite fills a void for many customers. You can now listen to Pandora on your Xbox or watch YouTube videos on your Roku. It works seamlessly, running in the background on a customer’s PC.
 
"You navigate to your favorite channels and shows, sitting right on your living room sofa, using your device's remote control, just like with any other TV experience. The PC is a silent partner in the whole process. The only requirement is that the networked PC is on, and PlayOn is running in the background," continues Karlton. "In fact, someone can be surfing the web or writing an email on that very same computer, and not even know that PlayOn is running. Our product takes all the complications out of the equation, making the experience as simple as how you watch cable television today. We urge people to try it out -- it's got a free trial, and a very high percentage of our customers actually cancel their cable subscriptions once they discover PlayOn."
 
All PlayOn customers get a 14-day free trial of PlayOn Premium. After that trial is up, they will continue to receive all PlayOn Lite channels for free. The My Media channel allows customers to watch their own media stored on their PC on their living room TV. My Media has been significantly improved and taken out of beta for this latest release. Some of the improvements include support for media on USB-attached devices and network shares, and thumbnail and cover art for music and videos.
 
PlayOn also announced that they are adding HBO GO to PlayOn Lite for a limited time. HBO GO has been blocked on set top devices and gaming consoles by certain cable providers. PlayOn allows customers of those services to view HBO GO in their living room.
 
“Millions of customers that are paying for HBO are being denied access to all of their offerings, while other customers are not,” says PlayOn CEO Jeff Lawrence. “It’s a really peculiar decision on the part of Time Warner to not allow their customers to watch HBO GO on a Roku or Xbox 360. Comcast, the largest cable provider, also continues to block HBO GO on a Roku. Now, PlayOn allows Comcast, Time Warner and any other Cable/Satellite provider’s customers access to HBO GO on all of their compatible devices. If they are eligible to watch HBO GO on their PC, we’ll get it to their TV too, legally and easily. It only seems fair.”
 
MediaMall Technologies, the creators of PlayOn and PlayLater, was founded in 2003 to make it simple, affordable, and fun to enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, and videos from the Internet on your TV or on the go. The PlayOn and PlayLater software products allow customers to recreate the traditional cable and satellite TV viewing experience using only the Internet and their existing hardware for a fraction of the price – and even extend that viewing experience to mobile devices. MediaMall operates with offices in New York, Seattle, and Copenhagen and can be found online at www.PlayOn.tv. PlayOn and PlayLater are trademarks of MediaMall Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 

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Mar. 8, 2012

Hello Roku? We need more Rokus!

So Roku is doing a big marketing push – I get that. I totally support it. The Roku2 ROCKS!
Anthony has gotten some great press lately – yea for him:
http://venturebeat.com/2012/03/03/roku-intervie/
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/roku-is-in-a-sweet-spot-in-shifting-tv-...

Roku is generally kicking ass and taking names. Go guys.

But – when you do a big marketing push, shouldn’t you have product to sell to the customer demand you are generating? This week alone, Roku was out-of-stock on the LT for 3 days and the HD is still out-of-stock, 4 days and running. Normally, I wouldn’t care so much, but since we are giving away a Roku with each Lifetime purchase of PlayOn, the stock outs are really annoying me, and my customers.

So guys, let’s try to keep the LT in stock (hint: it’s selling like gangbusters, order more now!).

Cheers!

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Feb. 29, 2012

Top 10 Uses for PlayLater

So people have been asking – why do I need a DVR for online content when I am always online?
 
Well – I have 2 answers from my own experience:
1 – Despite the fact that YOU may always be online, the CONTENT actually isn’t = it expires, and perhaps before you got a chance to watch it.
2 – And actually, you aren’t ALWAYS online!
 
So, with that said, I thought I’d share my top 10 uses for PlayLater:
 
10. Record the entire season of Glee to watch during my family Glee marathon weekend for free from Hulu.

9. Record the last 2 weeks of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice to watch in Whistler après ski (where Hulu is not available).

8. Record Salt from Netflix to watch in France while waiting in flat for child to recover from too many “French Fries”.

7. Record my favorite Pandora channel to enjoy while cooking dinner in said French flat.

6. Record a slew of fuzzy kitty and cuddly puppy dog YouTube videos to amuse and sooth kids on Flight from Seattle to NY.

5. Record last 5 episodes of Mad Men from Hulu to get me through flight from Seattle to Vegas and back (along with associated delays).

4. Record Memento from Netflix to watch while visiting my 92-year old grandmother who has to watch her “soaps” way too loud (even if I am visiting).

3. Record a bunch of Angelina Ballerina and Dinosaur Train to keep my kids of the Internet while trying to use it (read it’s slow) at my parent’s house.

2. Record the season of PanAm from Hulu Plus to see what all of the hype is about on the 5-hour ride to Whistler.

1. Record episodes of Sid the Science Kid off of PBSKids to entertain 3 yr old, 5 year old, and about 5 other pint-sized on-lookers while waiting for delayed cross-country flights in SeaTac.
 
You can try PlayLater for free for 14 days!

 

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Feb. 20, 2012

MagicTV?

Ever heard of magicJack…an infomercial phenomenon that makes VOIP simple and understandable to grandmas and kids (oh and they never use the word VOIP, obviously). If you read this blog, it is likely that you have never even heard of magicJack, yet 8 million of them have been sold in the US in the past few years...and it has folks who have never even heard of VOIP using IP telephony and canceling their phone service.

The savings on canceling your landline phone service pale in comparison to what we are paying the cable companies for our TV service. Well, PlayOn is moving one step closer to making that a thing of the past too. We affectionately call it MagicTV. Right now, for $79.99, you can get a lifetime license to PlayOn Premium PLUS a free Roku LT. With Roku+PlayOn you have everything you need to make your cable bill vanish. POOF. GONE. FOREVER.

See how cute the Roku LT is? And powerful – for only a $79.99 one-time, if you have a PC, a TV and broadband, then you have all you need to cut the cable cord – and save $80 PER MONTH (or perhaps more depending on what you are spending on your Cable bill). You will still get to watch your NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox favorites….in addition to Comedy Central, Netflix*, Amazon VOD, and over 30 channels in all – ON YOUR TV. Just plug the tiny Roku box into your TV and step through the simple setup instructions. Download PlayOn to your PC and add it to your Roku (instructions here). Don't be scared by the new device to plug in -- It’s really easy (we promise!). It’s < $80. It has no subscription fees (*except for Netflix if you want movies and some other subscription sites if you want movies and sports). It’s like magic....massive savings in a time where there are better ways to spend your hard earned $$ -- there has never been a better time to cut the cord!

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Feb. 2, 2012

PlayOn Channel Store – Rock and Rolling: How to Add 35 Channels to your PlayOn and PlayLater

Since we launched the PlayOn Channel Store in December, we have added over 35 plugin channels available to PlayOn users. That doubles the number of PlayOn channels to 70, and includes a lot of the niche content that we all love. As of today, the most popular three plugins are:

#1 HGTV (Design Star, All American Handyman, Curb Appeal, Hidden Potential, House Hunters, My Yard goes Disney,Property Virgins, Real Estate Intervention, Spike Up My Kitchen, Tough as Nails, and many more)

#2 TV Land (with classics like Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens, The Andy Griffith Show and Gunsmoke; and newcomers like Hot in Cleveland and Happily Divorced)

#3 The WB (Friends, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, Smallville, The OC, Veronica Mars, Chuck, Fringe, and cool new takes like Batman motion comics)

 

Installing a plugin is super easy.

1- You just go to the channel store: http://www.playon.tv/channel-store/
2- And find a channel you want to add to your PlayOn lineup.
3- Click Download on that plugin

 

4- As long as your PlayOn is running on your PC, you will see this window

5- Hit OK and then Yes here:

6- When PlayOn Settings opens, go to the General Settings Tab, and click on Stop (to stop the PlayOn Server), count to 20 and click on Start

 

7- Go to your device, fire up PlayOn, watch your new channel!

If you like the channel plugin and it works well (or you don’t….), be sure to let others know by voting. To do this – just click on the logo of the channel and then click on the thumbs up or thumbs down to vote!

 

In addition to HGTV, TV Land, and The WB, the other channels available through the PlayOn Channel Store include:
Academic Earth
Beavis and Butthead
BestRussianTV (Live and On Demand Russian TV)
Bravo
CBS College Sports(BTN)
CBS Local
Chow
Countdown with Keith Olbermann
CSpan Live Feeds
Disney Junior
Free Radio
Giant Bomb
Howcast
KidsWB
Logo
Nascar
NBC.com
Open Yale Courses
Qubo Kids Shows
Revision 3
Rollercoaster POV Theater
Stanford Engineering Courses
Starcade
Storage Hunters
Street Fire
U.S. Department of State
UitzendingGemist
VH1
Wall Street Journal
Warriors of Wrestling
Yule Log
YuppTV (Live and On-Demand Indian TV)

Enjoy PlayOn and PlayLater (our latest product - the DVR for online videos) with over 70 channels available!

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Jan. 30, 2012

How to Watch Hulu, CBS, Comedy Central, ESPN and Instantly Add More than 25 channels on your Roku


We just launched a new and much improved PlayOn channel for the Roku. PlayOn is the best way to add more channels to your Roku. PlayOn lets you watch Hulu (no Hulu Plus subscription required), CBS, Comedy Central, NBS, ABC, Fox, ESPN, and more TV, movies, sports, and entertainment channels on your Roku. PlayOn on Roku is a private channel, but it is oh so easy to set up. There are 4 great engancements that the new channel offers:

1. The new PlayOn channel on Roku has search. It’s the first PlayOn interface with search, so you can just type the name of your favorite show without browsing through multiple folders.

2. It has all the trick-play features properly implemented so you can fast forward, rewind and resume (woohooo!).

3. We also added personal media playing capabilities to the Roku. You can now watch your personal photo slideshows and play any music tracks from your PC on the Roku with the PlayOn Channel - just click on MyMedia.

4. The User Interface is cleaned up with pretty logos and nice thumbnails.


It’s easy to set up.

Step 1:
If you have the “old” PlayOn channel, delete it. You can do this by going to your Roku and selecting Channel Store from the main menu. Under the My Channels category, select PlayOn and then click on Remove Channel.

Step 2: Install the new channel by going to your PC and clicking on https://owner.roku.com/Add/MYPLAYON and logging into your Roku account. Then click Yes, Add Channel.

Step 3: Go back into the Channel Store on your Roku so that it adds PlayOn right away (otherwise it takes 24 hrs to update)!

Being able to search for my favorite shows (my new favorite show is Revenge, though I think it is about to get old) is a great addition (I know – it’s about time!). You can also watch Happy Endings, Pan Am, American Horror Story and all the other 100+ Hulu shows that are “web-only” on your Roku with PlayOn. Of course – you don’t have to pay for Hulu Plus at all if you have PlayOn – just watch regular Hulu right on your Roku through PlayOn - no additional subscription fees required.

Of course, the perfect complement to PlayOn on Roku is a Netflix subscription, at least give it a try - it's free for the first month!

That's all there is to it. Now go enjoy the new PlayOn channel on your Roku!

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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?
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