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!
Jan. 12, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking for someone soon!
The PlayOn Team
Dec. 29, 2011
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
Dec. 20, 2011
Earlier this year, we launched the PlayDirect API to give developers the power to create their own PlayOn channels. Developers began adding channels in a frenzy, with top-tier content such as the Food Network, Disney Channel Live, Lifetime, TVLand, and a myriad of new channels to enjoy. When we launched the API, we promised “phase two” was coming – and now its time.
PlayOn users can now access the new channels created by our developers with the launch of the PlayOn Channel Store. The store gives consumers the first way to create a free, fully-customized channel lineup, unique to their own tastes. The PlayOn Channel store makes it easier than ever for PlayOn and PlayLater customers to find and install additional channels. Meanwhile, developers using the PlayDirect API are also enabled to reach a much wider audience.
While PlayOn already boasts over 25 channels including Netflix, Hulu, MTV, TBS, Pandora, YouTube, Comedy Central, CBS, ESPN, ESPN3, [adult swim], Spike, Nick, BET, Amazon, and PBS – users can now access The WB, TVLand, WSJ, and Bravo! Soon, users will be able to access nearly anything available online, only limited by how quickly developers can make new channels available.
For more information on new PlayOn Channel Store visit our website at channels.playon.tv
If you’re interested in adding a channel to PlayOn, you can get access to the API, and start adding channels to the store at the PlayOn Plugin Channels Developer Hub
Nov. 15, 2011
Streaming media is great, until you try to watch the latest blockbuster in a plane, train or automobile! PlayLater is here to ensure you have something to watch on your trek over the river and through the woods (to Grandmothers house) this holiday season. It’s super easy and free for the first 14 days. Let’s take a look!
NOTE You’ll need to install the latest version of PlayLater to your PC. Then it’s just three simple steps:
STEP ONE: Open PlayLater and click on the channel you want. We want to catch last night’s “Daily Show with John Stewart”, so we’ll click on Comedy Central.
STEP TWO: Select the episode you want to record. Check the Air Date to find the latest (you can also browse or search for the episode you want). Click the Record Now button and leave your PC on for the next 30 min.
Viola! Your selection will be waiting for you under “My Recordings” so you can “PlayLater” with no Internet access required.
STEP THREE: Click play. Watch your prize and pat yourself on the back for being prepared!
Well, this will make your holiday travels a bit more enjoyable. Why not load up the hard drive with your favorite clips, TV shows, and movies? You’ll need something to do during your layover in Chicago.
TIP: Be sure to record a couple of things for the kids while you are at it, they get bored so easily : )
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to record it now, and PlayLater. What will you record next?
Oct. 31, 2011
Long gone are the days when we’d gather around our television sets for the latest batch of “must see TV.” These days, we can just catch up on our favorite programs whenever we want since we can simply time shift them. Audiences have decided that they can’t be bothered with the networks’ schedule. We want to watch what we want, when we want. Period.
Time shifting is experiencing exponential growth, but it threatens broadcasters’ and media companies’ status quo. They are desperately trying to maintain control over their primetime, the advertising tied to primetime, and the content itself. Time shifting threatens their way of doing business. However, it seems the more the cable companies and content providers try to fight time shifting, the more consumers demand it. And why wouldn’t they? Most of the content we want is available online, on demand. We can find what we need, when we need it. To the modern consumer, access is more important than ownership.
One of the problems is that time-shifted or DVRed content isn’t included in the metrics. The more you measure it, the more you see that time-shifted views of broadcast content represent a larger and larger percentage of the total views of that content. And it is growing – this year consumers have viewed 25% more DVRed content than last year.
However, if consumers don’t want to watch by the broadcast schedule, when do they want to watch? A recent New York Times article explains that viewers are catching up on their time-shifted content on Fridays, already a traditionally weak ratings night. The article states:
“Friday is a big DVR viewing night,” said David F. Poltrack, CBS head of research. “by Friday, people have built up an inventory of shows they recorded earlier in the week.”
We know why viewers want to time shift, and we know that the cable and content companies are fighting to maintain the status quo. Maybe the big companies should reconsider their stance. Time shifting offers access to audiences who you cannot reach during primetime, and enables an existing audience to watch more often. Research studies have also shown that online viewers are more likely to watch commercials and are more engaged with the advertisement than broadcast viewers are.
Perhaps once the methods of measurement catch up to reality – and count the people who are time-shifting content (Nielson plans to start measuring DVR viewership in some major metros in 2012), advertisers will become more aware of how numerous, valuable and engaged these viewers are. Then broadcasters will be able to leverage (financially) and therefore embrace (technically) the new behaviors and expanded audiences. It really doesn’t matter how hard the media companies try to hold on to the broadcast model, though. Time shifting is here to stay, and soon enough our children will laugh at the inconvenient concept of “broadcast.”
Sep. 14, 2011
Two months and more than 10,000 testers later, PlayLater is ready. Today we are making PlayLater, the DVR for online video, available for everyone. Simply go to the PlayLater website and click on the link http://www.playlater.tv to start your free two week trial!
PlayLater lets you record videos from almost any website and watch them later, even if you’re offline. It’s perfect for catching up on your favorite TV shows, movies and streaming events when you’re travelling, commuting or camping.
We recently finished our closed beta program and had thousands of people test the service. There was a great response from our community of early adopters and we want to thank everyone who helped us “kick the tires” so to speak. PlayLater users had a ton of awesome feedback. One of the requests we heard most often was the ability to use PlayLater with our other streaming video service, PlayOn. Now, when you use both products together, you can easily record your content on your PC and take it with you on your tablet, phone or mobile device.
We love online video. Everyday, more and more people are cutting the cable as everyone’s favorite shows make it to the Internet - from live sports and special events to popular movies and TV shows. And now, with PlayLater, it’s easier than ever to enjoy online video -- you never have to worry about missing a show because its content window closed, or your airplane doesn’t have wifi. Just find your content, record, and PlayLater.
You can purchase PlayLater at www.playlater.tv for only $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. You can also bundle both of our services in the PlayTogether package – that gives you both PlayLater and PlayOn for $7.99 per month or $69.99 per year.
So check out PlayLater. If you have more questions, check out our FAQ or feel free to drop us a note www.playlater.tv/supportShareThis
Aug. 4, 2011
A few weeks ago we kicked off the beta for PlayLater, the DVR for online video. The response to the beta has been amazing, and after sifting through feedback from thousands of users we are addressing the number one beta request: enabling our two services, PlayOn and PlayLater to work together.
Now, with both services, our beta users can watch their PlayLater recorded content on almost any device. If you’re a PlayLater beta tester, you will get one month of PlayLater free after we release the Gold version. If you are also a PlayOn customer, you can add PlayLater for a mere $2.99/month or $29.99/year.
And one more thing, we are ready to let even more people in. Not only will everyone on the waitlist for the beta get in, but also anyone currently in the beta will get 5 invite codes to give to their friends and family.
If you aren’t a beta user yet, signup for the waitlist now at www.playlater.tv and you’ll get in when we let the next wave of users in. If you are new to PlayOn, you can check it out for free. Once you have downloaded PlayLater, you will automatically have PlayOn installed on your PC and can use it for free for 14 days. Just fire up your Xbox, PlayStation 360, Wii, Roku, Google TV or download the PlayOn app for your iPhone, Andriod Phone, iPad, or Andriod Tablet and you’ll see all the great PlayOn content you can watch – including your PlayLater recordings. You can go here to find the setup instructions for your device: http://www.playon.tv/supported-devices (no need to Download and install PlayOn if you have already installed PlayLater!)
We are excited to give folks even more freedom to watch their content when and where it’s convenient for them.ShareThis