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.
Mar. 8, 2012
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:
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!).
Feb. 29, 2012
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!
Feb. 20, 2012
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!ShareThis
Feb. 2, 2012
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:
Beavis and Butthead
BestRussianTV (Live and On Demand Russian TV)
CBS College Sports(BTN)
Countdown with Keith Olbermann
CSpan Live Feeds
Open Yale Courses
Qubo Kids Shows
Rollercoaster POV Theater
Stanford Engineering Courses
U.S. Department of State
Wall Street Journal
Warriors of Wrestling
YuppTV (Live and On-Demand Indian TV)
Enjoy PlayOn and PlayLater (our latest product - the DVR for online videos) with over 70 channels available!ShareThis
Jan. 30, 2012
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 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.
That's all there is to it. Now go enjoy the new PlayOn channel on your Roku!ShareThis
Jan. 23, 2012
If you have:
- A working understanding of of PHP
- Intermediate knowledge of HTML & CSS
- Experience with web graphics production/optimization
- Knowledge of how to translate and slice a layered PSD into front-end code
- Ability to troubleshoot/debug code
- Desire to learn all aspects of the website maintenance and production process
- The ability to flourish in a fast paced environment where no two days look alike. Must be able to adjust quickly to changing projects/priorities.
- Design skills
- Knowledge of CMS systems (preferably Drupal)
Then, PlayOn could be a great opportunity for you. Please contact me by sending your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 19, 2012
It's a snow day in Seattle - World Headquarters for PlayOn. And I gotta say - thank goodness for PlayOn (the product, though I love the company as well). Not only has it kept me entertained and informed, but it has also kept me from harming the 2 mini-people who are going stir-crazy in my house!
PlayOn is great for kids. They can watch Dinosaur Train, Curious George, and Sid the Science Kid on the PS3, Xbox360 or Wii from PBS kids through PlayOn. They can watch my son's favorite, Kung Fu Panda from Nick on the big screen TV through the Roku, Xbox, PS3, Wii. All with no cable charges!
Of course, my daughter just wants to watch on mommy's iPad (while my son prefers the TV screen). At 3 years old, she can watch countless episodes of Angelina Ballerina courtesty of PBS Kids and PlayOn - no need to pay for those episodes from iTunes (which are NOT cheap). I just record a bunch via PlayLater and she (I know at only 3, it's mind-blowing), knows how to open PlayOn on the iPad and start her Angelina Ballerina videos.
An then mommy can play Words with Friends!ShareThis
Jan. 18, 2012
Overheard on Facebook:
PlayOn on my Wii=good, Roku=better, iphone=versatile but on my Amazon Kindle Fire=AWSOME!
- Gary A.
PlayOn + Kindle Fire is like Hot Fudge on a sundae!
- Gary A.
And, what is a sundae without hot fudge anyway? Either way, it's true -- you can now watch Hulu for free (no HuluPlus subscription required) on the Kindle Fire – it’s easy with PlayOn. It’s also easy to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime VOD, HuluPlus, CBS, ComedyCentral, NHL, NFL, MLB.tv, ESPN, SyFy and all 30 other PlayOn channels on your Kindle Fire.
Detailed instructions are here: http://www.playon.tv/supported-devices. Just go to m.playon.tv in your Silk browser while you're on the same network as your PlayOn PC. You'll see the PlayOn menus on your Fire. Once you watch a video on your home Wi-Fi, if you have Mobile Access enabled in PlayOn Settings, you should be able to play videos from your PlayOn install even when your Fire’s on a remote Wi-Fi network.
If it doesn’t work right away, you may have your “Accelerated Browsing” turned on. This has to be off since it caches stuff which means you won’t be able to pull up the video you want (and I have found Accelerated Browsing is slower than the non-accelerated anyway, though I am sure the Silk team at Amazon is working on that). To turn off Accelerated Browsing just :
• Tap the menu button within the Silk Browser.
• Tap Settings
• Toggle Accelerate Page Loading to off. You will need to scroll down a bit to find the option.
More detailed instructions are here courtesy of laptopmag.com http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-disable-web-browser-acceleration-in-the...
So [Kindle] Fire Up your PlayOn!
Jan. 16, 2012
Early January means one thing every year; The PlayOn Team boards a flight to Vegas to tackle CES. Well, we kind of tackle it from the sidelines every year. We go down and meet with press that is in town for the expo and then we get out of town while the gettin’s good. We leave the madness of the show floor to those more brave (or foolish). So what is it that we wanted to talk to the press about this year? A few things, and now we’ll share them with you.
PlayOn and Cutting the Cord
For most of you this is old news but, believe it or not, it’s only beginning to hit the radar of a lot of press folks. 2012 seems to be shaping up as the year of the cord cutter, so whenever mainstream press finds a technology that helps people to do that, they seem to get excited. Enter PlayOn. In a recent customer survey 40% of our customers report that they cut their cable or satellite completely. Nearly 60% said they either cut it or significantly reduced their service. Money Magazine recommended PlayOn as a great way to save money (they did that over 1 year ago, so kudos to them for being ahead of the curve). Based on the response we got to PlayOn at Monday night’s press event, we are hopeful for more praise and accolades soon. Stay tuned.
PlayLater is new enough that we are still just introducing it to a lot of press. So we talked about it a lot on Monday night. If tied in to the cutting the cord conversation PlayLater just completes the conversation. “Think about PlayOn as a replacement for your cable box, think of PlayLater as the replacement for your Tivo," seemed to be the explanation that resonated. The whole solution will cost you only $7.99/month or $99/lifetime. This as opposed to a cable bill that is likely north of $100 for just one month.
PlayLater is more than that though, it’s the ideal product for travelers. Travel & Leisure’s Tom Samiljan stopped by on the heels of his article about PlayLater in this month’s issue. Tom claims that PlayLater provides an excellent alternative for travellers to more "mainstream" streaming solutions like HBO Go. Time Magazine did a piece on PlayLater which you can see here. Revision 3 filmed a spot on PlayLater. ABC News Radio checked in on how the product was coming as did The Wall Street Journal, CNET, Mashable, and more. There is a lot of buzz about PlayLater as it is truly one of this year’s groundbreaking products. The first ever DVR for online content, the press gets it, it’s kind of a big deal.
The Channel Store
We also spent a lot of time talking about the new PlayOn Channel store. It’s the first à la carte channel store for your television, and it’s free. It was fun to talk about the channel store because it’s been such a runaway success. In less than a month we’ve already gotten 30 new channels that PlayOn customers can watch and PlayLater customers can record. If you want to see what the press saw you can check out our channel store here.
So now we’re back in our offices in Seattle and NYC and another pilgrimage to CES is in the books. We’ll do it all over again next year and we’ll have to keep making cool things to talk about when we get there. We’re glad you’re along for this ride, it’s only going to get better. Until next time, cheers!