Oct. 17, 2014

Announcing AdSkipper. Giving you back your 22 days.

On average, a one-hour primetime show has 18 minutes of advertisements. 18 minutes. The average American watches 34 hours of TV a week. That is 612 minutes of advertisements a week. Multiply that by a full year of TV watching and that equals around 31,824 minutes, or 22 days, of advertisements.

We want to give you your 22 days back.

Starting today, if you are a PlayOn/PlayLater bundle user, you have a really cool new feature to play around with called AdSkipper. AdSkipper gives you the ability to instantly skip the commercials on any stream recorded from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Simply record the show on your PC via PlayLater, then stream through PlayOn onto your Roku, Chromecast or mobile device. When you play, AdSkipper gives you the option to instantly skip all commercials in the recorded program.

How this feature came about is a pretty cool story. In 2013, the Ninth Circuit court of appeals ruled skipping commercials is not a form of copyright infringement in the case of FOX v. Dish, making it legal for any video recorder to give its users the ability to skip commercials. Since the ruling, we are the first media streaming software to bring ad skipping to its users.

As most of you know, we’ve been at this for a long time. PlayOn was one of the earliest products in the market in 2003. For the past 11 years, we have been adapting and innovating in an industry with a continually evolving legal landscape, bringing you the most up-to-date features that new technologies can legally offer. AdSkipper brings us one-step closer to fulfilling this mission of revolutionizing TV to be user-centric and on-demand.

We hope you enjoy this new feature and do something extra special with your newfound 22 days.


Aug. 21, 2014

We Need Your Vote: SXSW 2015

Normally we reserve our blog space to tell you about the latest PlayOn and PlayLater updates, our favorite online plugins and channels and new tips and tricks that make it easier to cut the cable cord. Today, we’re turning the tables and asking an unusual request from you, our readers and brand advocates.

We love TV streaming and one of our key goals here at PlayOn is to improve online streaming, make it easier for TV and movie lovers to access all the great content that is available online on their TV, phones and tablets, whenever and wherever. We’ve worked hard to develop PlayOn, PlayLater and MyMedia to help accomplish this and continue to evolve our products to meet your needs.

We also work hard to spread this message among influencers and TV streaming enthusiasts that can help us change the way we think about TV, how we pay for it and how we watch it. This is where you come in.

We have submitted two panels to the 2015 SXSW Interactive conference, a huge show that takes place in Austin Texas that focuses on talks and presentations around emerging technology. Both of our panels will address issues around cutting the cord and online streaming and how we can solve them. Rather than having a panel of SXSW judges decide who is most qualified to be on the panel agenda, they turn it over to their audience to make the decision and cast their vote.  Whether you’re attending or not,  the public gets to vote on the speakers and topics they would most like to see represented at SXSW, and we would love for you all to vote for our panels.

Creating an account to vote is easy: head on over to SXSW Panel Picker, fill in some basic info and you’re free to cast your vote. (See our panel voting links below). Voting will go through September 5th. If you have a question for any of our panelists or would like to hear more about a certain topic, please leave us a comment. Even if you don’t plan on attending SXSW Interactive, we will share our thoughts on each of the panels here on the blog so you can join in the conversation.

Thanks for your help with this! We’ll keep you updated on the selection process and will let you know if you can find us at SXSW 2015!

Vote here:

Cable Cutting Enthusiasts Meet Up: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/38035
Deja Vu: TV and Music Industry Parallels: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/39163




Aug. 14, 2014

The New MyMedia for Roku: Now with Casting

MyMedia Logo

We love Roku here at PlayOn and we know a lot of you do too. This is why we are especially excited about today’s announcement.

Starting today, our new and improved MyMedia channel is available in the Roku Channel store

Many of you know MyMedia as our free software application that lets you stream your personal media files (music, home videos and photos, etc.) to your TV via the Roku. With today’s update MyMedia users now have two new options:

  • Stream in HD! That’s right. Have a movie saved to your hard drive that is high definition? MyMedia now lets you stream that file in HD on your TV.
  • Cast to your TV. We are really excited about this one. The new MyMedia channel offers a $4.99 in-channel upgrade that will give you Chromecast-like functionality, making it possible to cast web videos directly from your PC to your TV. Want to get the latest episode of Under the Dome on your TV? Cast it through MyMedia and your Roku. See a video on Funny or Die and want to share it with your family? MyMedia’s webcasting upgrade can help with that.

You can download MyMedia in the Roku Channel store here. The MyMedia web casting capability can be purchased directly through the channel. Just click on the banner at the bottom of the MyMedia screen on the Roku and you’re on your way to casting. We’d love for you to give it a try and let us know what you think.


Jul. 30, 2014

PlayOn Adds Support for PlayStation 4 and Windows Phone

We are excited to announce that PlayOn now works with the PlayStation 4! With PlayOn PS4 users can get 100+ online channels to their TV including YouTube and HBO GO. The app also lets them access other popular channels like Netflix, Hulu (no Hulu Plus subscription needed), CBS and Comedy Central and bookmark virtually any video in their PC browser to watch later.


We also announced the availability of the PlayOn app for Windows Phone users and the rollout of the new, easier-to-navigate mobile interface. By downloading the new PlayOn app to a Windows Phone, customers can stream online content from PlayOn’s 100+ online channels to their smartphone. Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 users can also use the PlayOn app on their phone as a TV channel guide and remote control to browse and search for movies, shows and clips and cast videos to their TV. PlayLater customers can also use their phone to start a recording, even when their PlayLater PC is in a remote location.


PlayOn UI Channels


PlayStation, Windows Phone, or anyone else can try PlayOn out at no risk. We've got a  30-day money back guarantee. A lifetime subscription to PlayOn and its companion DVR software, PlayLater, is currently on sale for $69.99 and includes a free Chromecast (while supplies last). The PlayOn app is free to download and now available in the Windows Store.





Jun. 26, 2014

The SCOTUS Aereo Ruling

This week, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Aereo and fans of live network TV streaming. If you haven’t been following the case, or want more details, read this piece in The Verge.

This is a setback that, in our opinion, is the result of a fundamental misunderstanding of Consumer Fair Use and what it means. That said, there is still much room for innovation and PlayOn will continue to work to provide new solutions to empower consumers to enjoy streaming media in a manner of their choosing. With the growth of streaming media and increasingly savvy streaming consumers, we are very confident about our future and the future of other innovators in the space. We also remain optimistic that eventually our laws will catch up with consumer demand – that limited options for getting content to your TV and high prices from cable companies will be a thing of the past. In the meantime, keep an eye on our website and blog for soon-to-be-announced updates that will make streaming with PlayOn and recording with PlayLater better than ever.


Dec. 3, 2013

Stream and record in HD!

Time and time again, we have heard from users like you asking, “When is high definition coming?” Well, folks, we are so excited to announce that today’s the day! PlayOn and PlayLater are now available in HD. What does this mean, exactly? Without HD, PlayOn and PlayLater deliver video up to 480p. Now with HD, PlayOn and PlayLater can deliver video quality up to 720p, as long as the channel provides content in that quality as well.

Now Available in HD

You likely already have what you need to watch or record in HD. As long as you have a quad-core processor, your PC should be able to handle streaming and recording in HD, and if you’re an existing PlayOn or PlayLater customer, the software will tell you if your PC is HD-capable. Simply go to Settings and click on the General tab. If your PC is HD capable, you will see a link to “Upgrade to HD” in the Video Performance section. If you don’t have PlayOn or PlayLater, you can check your PC’s PassMark score to see if it can handle HD by clicking here. If your PassMark score is 2300 or higher, your PC is HD-capable.

While not every channel offers high definition content, the channels listed below do. Check the list below to see what you can watch with the new HD offering:

  • Hulu Plus
  • NBC
  • NHL
  • Vevo
  • Vimeo
  • Amazon
  • YouTube
  • VH1
  • MTV
  • Netflix
  • Disney
  • Aereo
  • CBS
  • Fox News
  • TLC
  • Animal Planet
  • Redbox
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Fit & Health
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Military Channel
  • Science Channel
  • Velocity Channel
  • TV.com
  • FoxSoccer
  • PBS
  • ComedyCentral
  • NBA
  • PBS Kids
  • Telemundo
  • MLB
  • NFL

There is a ton of great HD content available on PlayOn. Below are a few of our favorites. Check back in on Thursday for some additional HD recommendations. 

  • On YouTube check out the Documentary Channel for some cool documentaries in HD. Subscribe under your YouTube account and stream in HD using PlayOn or record in HD using PlayLater.
  • We love Once Upon a Time on ABC. You can catch up on the latest season in HD via Hulu
  • Snowed in? We recommend a TV marathon! Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Damages, Falling Skies, Sons of Anarchy and Downton Abbey are all available to watch or record in HD on Amazon Instant Video.

Are you ready to see things a little more clearly on your TV or device? Head to www.playon.tv/features/HD to learn more or to add HD to your PlayOn and PlayLater licenses today!


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 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.
What is PlayLater?
PlayLater is software that you install on your Windows PC that lets you record movies and shows from over 60+ of your favorite streaming sites like Hulu, Netflix, Comedy Central and more. You can watch your recordings whenever you want on your PC or on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or other mobile device, even when you are offline.
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How does PlayOn 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.
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