Aug. 10, 2010

Memory Lane

We are always keeping our eyes out for hidden gems available to PlayOn users. Well here's a great one we stumbled into.....The Classic Channel on Hulu. To this day I randomly find myself humming along to The Addams Family song; "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, and altogether OOKY! The Addams Family." This classic sitcom is a family friendly comedy; which is hard to come by these days. Not to mention there are 64 episodes of The Addams Family available on Hulu; which is even harder to come by these days.

The Addams Family can be found under Classic Channels along with other shows like: Bewitched, The Lone Ranger and The Three Stooges.


Aug. 6, 2010

iPad Apps

iPad owners always have a few apps that they rave about. After doing some extensive research (aka playing around on my iPad for countless hours) I have found my favorite apps.

Popular Science - Popular Science is always awesome, whether print or iPad version. For me I founf the iPad app was just a little more handy.
Scrabble - Just like the board version, but 10 times better. You can even use an iPhone as your personal tile rack.
iBooks - Somedays I find myself stuck somewhere with nothing to do. Well now I can just buy a book and it feels like time well spent.
Plants vs Zombies - A fun game with attacking zombies and zombie zapping plants used to defend onesel. The game is fun by yourself or with another person.

PlayOn is also working on a iPad app. Stay tuned for more information.


Aug. 5, 2010

PlayOn's iPhone Web App

It has been a roller coaster of a ride, but you can now watch Hulu, Netflix and more with PlayOn on your iPhone. Back in June the PlayOn app was approved from Apple, then put into review once again by them in mid-July. We decided not to wait for the app store and instead built a HTML version. Essentially you navigate to your PlayOn installation through Safari on your iPhone. You can bookmark the page and put an icon on your desktop so it ends up working just like an app. Download the new version of PlayOn and follow the instructions to get started.

What others are saying:

"The web app works extremely well from my testing over the past few days. It’s a testament to the power of HTML5 and the returning focus on iPhone web apps."

"We spent some quality couch time with the program over the last couple of days, and with a powerful PC, fast internet and WiFi connection, we found video quite watchable on our iPhone 4, and there's no knocking PlayOn's breadth of content available, with loads of TV, a good deal of anime and your entire Netflix streaming queue available on the phone."


"Hulu is the main attraction here, especially if paying $20 or so per year sounds preferable to the $10 per month Hulu Plus plans to charge."


Aug. 2, 2010

A word on PlayOn for Mac...

A lot of you have requested PlayOn for Mac, and we'd absolutely love to do it! But it's not that easy. We've estimated that developing PlayOn for Mac would cost us upwards of $10 million. There are some big challenges to overcome to get it working on the Macintosh platform: we'd be rewriting most of PlayOn from scratch, and inventing some new stuff along the way. Some of us at PlayOn use Macs regularly, and as much as we'd love a Mac version, we've happily settled with using Boot Camp at our homes and offices. We also have a ton of customers who are successfully running PlayOn using Parallels. Unless one of you wants to give us $10 million (anyone?), we're going to have to continue to rely on workarounds like Boot Camp and Parallels. Thanks for understanding.


Jeff Lawrence



Aug. 1, 2010


Louie premiered late June 2010 and seems to be another great comedy series from FX. They describe their new show as, "A comedy filtered through the observational humor of Louis C.K. Each episode puts a spotlight on Louis’ hectic life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two daughters.  The single-camera comedy is a mix of Louis C.K.’s stand-up comedy and scripted stories." Louie is 5 episodes into the season and all 5 episodes are currently available through Hulu. If you enjoy a bit of dark humor you should definitely give this show a try.


Jul. 30, 2010


PBS is hands down my new favorite channel on PlayOn. Each week I seem to discover more awesome shows within the channel. Frontline is my favorite, followed closely by Antique Roadshow. In case your not familiar with the premise of Anitique Roadshow, a group of antique experts travel around to different towns each week and do appraisals for the town people that come to the airing. Sounds kind of lame when explaining it, but this is a gold mine for any history buff. A few weeks ago on Antiques Roadshow an elderly man brought in a Tiffany and Co. sword used in the civil war. Frontline, on the other hand, is a documentary style show focusing on current world issues. Subjects anywhere from politics to technology can be covered and it is always presented in an educational yet intriguing way. But don't worry, if neither of these shows are your cup of tea there is plenty more to choose from.


Jul. 28, 2010

YouTube Favorites

PlayOn allows you to stream YouTube videos to your TV and nothing makes me happier than watching funny clips after a long day. Here are just a few of our favorite YouTube videos.


Jul. 23, 2010

Awesome Free Trials

We love free trials at PlayOn; hence why we encourage people to try out PlayOn with our free trial. We rounded up our favorite trials to share with you. Try them out and pass on any recommendations to your friends.

Try it for 1 month free! Amazon Prime is like the regular Amazon, but better. It has unlimited free 2 day shipping, no minimum order size, updrade to 1 day shipping for $3.99 an item and add up to 4 accounts in your household to your membership.

Try it for 2 weeks free! Netflix allows you to get DVDs by mail usually within one day plus watch some content instantly. P.S. Netflix works with PlayOn.

Try if for 10 days free! Gamefly caters to the gaming world and allows you get any game by mail then ship back or buy to keep games you like. Gamefly has over 7,000 titles to choose from.


Jul. 22, 2010


Ever run out of Hulu content to stream via PlayOn? Check out the documentary section in Hulu. Documentaries can be a train wreck when they are working on such low budgets; but on the other hand, a good documentary can be insightful and moving. Navigate your way to quality documentaries by clicking on movies> documentaries> popular documentaries> highest rated.  Here are just a few of the popular films. Enjoy!

Speed and Angels:  From dogfights in the Nevada desert, to night landings on aircraft carriers in the Atlantic what begins as a story of realizing a childhood dream turns into a story of fighting for one's life.


Pluck (Courage, Determination, Spirit): Individual interviews with luminaries who profoundly influenced NY culture in the 1950's.


Arlington In Eternal Vigil: A powerful, inspiring and thought-provoking Documentary using Arlington National Cemetery as a platform for discovering the source of America's greatness.


Jul. 20, 2010

Get to Know PlayOn Plugin Channels and MyMedia

What are PlayOn Plugins?

Plugins for PlayOn allow third-party partner companies and the open source community to develop custom feeds to pretty much any media content. We have provided a simple API, and developers who are familiar with the .NET framework can easily create and distribute their own Plugins.  We have a variety of additional plugin channels to choose from in our Plugin Channel Store.

How do I configure my antivirus/firewall software to work with PlayOn?

In your security software configuration settings, you must give full local and online network access to the PlayOn server executable. On normal installations, this can be found atC:\Program Files\MediaMall\MediaMallServer.exe. In our development labs, we use AVG and Windows Firewall. These consistently work fine for us, so we can highly recommend them, also because they don't degrade PC performance as much as many other third-party security packages.

Can I see local media files from my PC's hard drive through PlayOn?

Yes! And it's free as a part of the MyMedia and as part of PlayOn. Although, this feature is currently in beta, you can choose to enable local media file sharing, or "MyMedia", and select specific directories on your PC's hard drive to share through PlayOn. Any media files in those directories should show up through the "MyMedia" folder. As this is still a beta feature, there are some limitations; first off, most content will always be automatically transcoded on the fly -- much like how PlayOn processes online media -- even if your connected device could potentially handle the native file directly. This means that fast forwarding can be an issue for many devices. Also, media you share through a network device will often not be correctly discovered through PlayOn. We're working on fixing both of these issues, as well as making big improvements in the "MyMedia" feature in general, so stay tuned!

MyMedia Update 05.14.2013

MyMedia is out of beta! You can now get MyMedia as a standalone local media server.
>> Download MyMedia here.


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