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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Jan. 23, 2012

We need a Web Developer!

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
- Basic Javascript and/or understanding of JQuery
- Ability to troubleshoot/debug code
- Desire to learn all aspects of the website maintenance and production process
 
And, ideally:
- 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 jobs@playon.tv.

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Jan. 19, 2012

Snow Day

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!

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Jan. 18, 2012

PlayOn Ignites the Kindle Fire

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!

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Jan. 16, 2012

PlayOn and PlayLater Take on CES

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
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!
 

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Jan. 12, 2012

A Job at PlayOn!

Ok – we don’t have positions open up that often, but we have an intern position now. It’s for someone who wants to work with a fast growing software company in the online video space. It’s a Data Entry job, and it’s located in Seattle. If you’re interested, conscientious, hungry, and willing to pay your dues to learn, please let us know by sending over your resume to jobs@playon.tv. We’re looking for someone soon!
 
Cheers,
The PlayOn Team
 

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Dec. 29, 2011

Season of the Roku.

Is it just me or does it seem like everyone got a Roku for Christmas this year? I hope it’s not just me, I hope that the mainstream is really beginning to adopt streaming entertainment. It’s about high time they did. PlayOn has been around in earnest for about 3 years now and things have changed. It used to take an entire cup of coffee (or cocktail if the occasion called for it) to explain to my friends and family just what PlayOn was. Now it takes less time than it does for them to add sugar. People understand the terminology and the concept now, they get streaming. I think that’s a good sign.
 
Then my aunt in rural Virginia got a Roku, now I know that streaming has arrived. It’s one thing to be able to talk to my relatively tech savvy friends about PlayOn and streaming and DLNA, it’s another thing altogether when my aunt who still by her own admission doesn’t “get” the Internet is streaming Netflix to her TV. I’ve never felt more convinced that major changes are afoot in the way we consume media. As someone who works for a company that is right in the streaming technology mix I couldn’t be more excited. You should be excited too, the growth of streaming entertainment will present you with more choices than you’ve ever had before and it’ll do it for less money.
 
My aunt got a Roku just for Netflix, but I have friends that got Roku’s too. Why? Because they wanted an easy way to stream more content into their homes. Whether it’s Netflix, music, shows, or something else, Roku gives them an easy relatively cheap way for them to do it. Some of them intend to fully cut their cable and save around $100/month. Others are using Roku to supplement their cable options with a host of on-demand titles and some cool music sites. Some of them still don’t even know how they’re going to use it, but they know they will.
 
So why am I telling you this? Easy, PlayOn is the best investment you can make in making your Roku be all it can be. For only a few bucks a month you can bring live news, Hulu (no Hulu+ subscription required), Comedy Central (The Daily Show anyone?), PBS, CNN, Spike, and much more to your Roku. It’s super easy to do, it’s free to try out, and it adds more content to your Roku than you can imagine. We also want you to know that we’re working hard on making PlayOn work even better with Roku. So whether you’re a cord cutter, a cord never, or just someone with a cool new Roku you’re not sure how you’ll use, PlayOn is the best plugin channel you can add to get the most of your new Roku. It’s easy to get started. http://www.playon.tv/devices/roku
 
Enjoy.

 

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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
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