Aug. 29, 2014

Who's your favorite Muppet?

When folks consider streaming as an alternative to cable, the discussion most often revolves around what they'll miss...what are they able to watch with cable that they might not be able to watch without?  For today's post, I'm going turn that around...what can one watch streaming, that isn't available via cable?
The answer:  a crap ton
My family ditched cable nearly 6 years ago...It took some getting used to at first, but after a while we came to realize just how much we could stream, that we would've never found flipping through channels on our cable box.  As a cable subscriber, choices were made for us...and we naturally gravitated toward the 'new' shows. 
Here at Channel Master headquarters, we dig on The Muppets.  We recently rented and watched the latest Muppet movie (Muppets Most Wanted, available via Amazon VOD).  After watching, my wife and I couldn't keep the nostalgia at bay and found ourselves wanting to watch some classic Muppet Show episodes with the kiddos. 
For those of you with cable, try searching for The Muppet Show.  To make it easy, you can use these links for the Time Warner and Comcast/Xfinity programming guide:
Time Warner Program Guide
Comcast Program Guide
Find anything?  No?  Neither did I. :)
Now paste the following into the address bar of your browser:
Disco!  Virtually every full episode of  The Muppet Show available to stream. 
You can use that url as a template and replace 'muppet' and 'show' with anything you might be looking for – just insert a '+' between each word.  For example, looking for The Great Space Coaster?
Just use this:
After you've found the shows you're looking for, you can use the PlayOn browser extension to mark, cast or record. 
You can even create custom channels by clicking on the 'Edit' button in the PlayOn browser window and then creating a new folder with a custom name.  Then add episodes of the same show to that specific folder (by clicking on that edit button when marking each video).  Now, when browsing the PlayMark channel at your TV, rather than just seeing a YouTube folder loaded with videos, you can browse folders specific to each show. 
Enjoy...and happy streaming!
Mine's Sgt. Floyd Pepper, by the way ;)


Aug. 8, 2014

Any video, any time...cast away with PlayOn!

It's your friendly neighborhood Channel Master here, bringing another round of cool online finds (if you couldn't tell, I've been watching old spiderman cartoons with the kiddos this week).  In this week's edition of 'What to Watch', I've found a little something for everyone.  All of these sites work with the PlayOn browser extension...mark, cast or record!
Speaking of the webslinger, you can find all of the original Spiderman '67 episodes here (all three seasons!)
Spiderman 67
In the mood for classic westerns?  Take a gander at this awesome full-length movies with an enitre section dedicated to 'The Duke' himself
Western Mania
Westerns not your bag?  How about some delightfully cheesy B Movies...Free, uncut, and presented in all of their gloriously low budget awesomeness.  Check out Bad Taste from Peter Jackson for a look into the mind of the creative genius before he moved to Middle Earth.
This site is a treasure trove of Classic movies...Free Hollywood Classics from it's Golden Age.  Black and White, Silent, and Color Movies from 1910 to 1970, organized by decade.
Roll a 1d20 saving throw vs. nerd overload and browse here for all of the full episodes of the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon from 1983.  Enjoy!
Dungeons & Dragons
Happy streaming :)


Jul. 11, 2014

Old School 3D and Retro Movies!

There is a ton of super cool content available using PlayOn.  We're always on the lookout for the best in cool, fun online videos so we can bring them to you.
We've stumbled on a couple of real gems...
A Vimeo channel dedicated to Stereoscopic 3D.  Dust of those old blue and red cardboard glasses, pop some popcorn and hit play.  Just search for stereoscopic 3D or browse here and subscribe under your free Vimeo account.
And, for some cool retro movies, download the plugin available at the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store:
Once you have the plugin installed, select via PlayOn, select the entertainment category and check out the Retro Movies channel for some retro awesomeness.  Oh, and the plugin supports user accounts.  You can save videos to your free account online and then easily watch at any device using PlayOn!!
Happy streaming!


Jun. 13, 2014

HD support has arrived for plugins!!!

Many of you have asked whether HD for plugins would be supported.  We are happy to report that we have added support for HD for plugin development....AND our developers have gone back through and polished up some of our plugins. 
HD support has been added for the following plugins with more HD plugins on the way (stay tuned!)

  • PlutoTV
  • IGN
  • Machinima
  • Twitch
  • TruTV
  • Funny or Die
  • AcornTV

Happy Streaming!!!


Mar. 12, 2014

Rdio added to the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store

Yup...that's right.  Rdio has been added to the lineup of cool plugins available at the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store.  

'Your personal jukebox.  No quarters necessary.

Play what you want, when you want, from millions of hits and classic albums — or turn on a station for a perfect mix of songs. Feeling social? Follow friends and artists to see what they're playing.'

Aside from being an awesome music service, Rdio being available via PlayOn is cool for a number of reasons...The native Rdio Roku channel requires a 9.99 monthly subscription to listen but you can use PlayOn at your Roku to connect to your free Rdio paid subscription required.

And there are also advantages of using PlayOn to connect to Rdio on mobile devices - While you can listen to "stations" free on mobile devices using the official Rdio app, playlists and full albums are only available with a Premium account.

Using PlayOn and the Rdio plugin, however, makes it possible to listen to full albums along with any of the playlists you have created on your PC...with a FREE Rdio account!


What are you listening to?


Get the Rdio plugin here


Feb. 7, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics Are Here!!!

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, have kicked off in Sochi, Russia.
Now that the live streams are available online, our team is hard at work building a plugin for the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store.
In the meantime, you can stil watch your favorites events live at your TV or mobile device using PlayOn.  
Just be sure you have the PlayOn browser extension installed and browse here:
You can also find more videos here (replays and highlights):

  1. Play the video (you'll have to log in with a cable provider to watch the live stream and full event replays)
  2. Click on the PlayOn browser button
  3. In the PlayMark window that opens, verify the video is playing (and crop if you like)
  4. Click Next and then choose whether to 'Save' or 'PlayCast To' your TV.  If you have PlayLater installed and running, you will also be presented with the option to record.

If you have any trouble, please try this:

  1. Stop the PlayOn server
  2. Hold SHIFT+ALT while starting the server again
  3. In the Internet Explorer window that opens, browse here:

Choose a video - Are you prompted to log in? If so, log in and play the video.
Close IE, re-open your browser and try again to save or cast the video.


Feb. 6, 2014

Any Music Fans Out There???

Any music lovers out there? Check out this cool site
Live From Daryl's House
Some truly remarkable performances, and it works great with PlayMark and PlayCast! Just be sure to click on "Play Full Show" after selecting an episode...and then cast away...or record each week's new episode to watch whenever you like.



Dec. 23, 2013

Happy Holidays from the PlayOn family!!!

Thank you for sharing some of your favorite holiday favorites with us.  Here are a few of our own.  Watch via PlayOn or record using PlayLater.
It's a Wonderful Life:
A Christmas Carol (1951):
A Christmas Carol (1984, George C Scott):

Classic Disney Christmas Collection:

Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974):

Are You Being Served Christmas Special (1976):

Miracle on 34th Street (1947):

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: Netflix and Amazon Prime

Bah HumDuck - A Looney Toons Christmas!: Netflix

The Polar Express: Netflix

White Christmas: Netflix

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Netflix

Santa Claus The Movie: Netflix

Jack Frost (animated): Amazon Prime

The Legend of Frosty the Snowman: Hulu (free)

Scrooged: Amazon Prime


Dec. 3, 2013

Welcome to PlayOn & PlayLater in HD!

So you've got an HD PlayOn or PlayLater license (or both!). Here's an HD primer to get you started!


Here are just a few of our favorite YouTube channels with HD videos. All you need to do is subscribe to the channel or add specific videos to a playlist under your YouTube user account.

Random favorite videos (you can add specific videos to a playlist under your YouTube user account):


Getting smart has never looked so good!  American Experience, Austin City Limits and Nova are a few of our favorites (check out a recent episode of Austin City Limits for an excellent performance by Jim James of My Morning Jacket!  New episodes are available each week, but they aren't available long - record in HD using PlayLater before they expire!)

And, if last year is any indication, the 4th season of Downton Abbey should be available to stream free (!) for a limited time - that means you should be able to watch in HD using PlayOn or record using PlayLater before they expire.


Watch popular shows like Awkward in HD using PlayOn (or record to watch on the go).  And don't forget Behind the Music Remastered from VH1 - Everything you wanted to know about the dudes from Motorhead - in HD!


Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Damages, Falling Skies, Sons of Anarchy and Downton Abbey available to watch or record in HD (we're thinking snowy weekend marathons!)...record now and watch apres ski sans internet ;)

Hulu Plus

If you haven't already, sign up for a free trial of Hulu Plus and use PlayLater to record full seasons of your favorite shows in HD and watch on any of your devices whenever you home or on the go!


Vimeo is a recent addition to the PlayOn channel lineup and just in time!  Some truly amazing HD videos are available.  Set up a free Vimeo account and add your credentials to PlayOn and/or PlayLater Settings to follow your favorite HD channels or "like" specific videos.

I'm a hopeless romantic - this is one of my personal favorites:  A Short Love Story in Stop Motion.

OR you can also select Categories and then HD and browse hundreds of HD-only channels (literally thousands of amazing HD videos). 


Oct. 31, 2013

Streams with Screams!!!

Happy Halloween fellow streamers!  I've been working over the last week on assembling a list of some of my favorite scary movies and TV shows...With a little help from Mrs. Channel Master and our little PlayOn minions, we think we've come up with a pretty cool list to suit a variety of tastes (and stomachs).   Watch with PlayOn or record with PlayLater to save for a weekend screamfest!
And, as a special treat we have added a new plugin to the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store just in time to enjoy for Halloween - Just like being at a 70's drive-in theater, without the speakers attached to your car door...Campy goodness from
For the Grown Ups

  • Evil Dead & Evil Dead 2 - Crackle, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime
  • Night of the Living Dead - Crackle, Hulu, Amazon Prime
  • Nosferatu - Amazon Prime
  • Hellraiser - Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime
  • Supernatural - Netflix (prior seasons), TheCW (current season)
  • American Horror Story - Netflix, Amazon Prime (prior seasons), Amazon VOD (current season)
  • Psycho - Netflix
  • Poltergeist - Amazon Prime
  • The Gate - Amazon Prime
  • An American Werewolf in London - Amazon Prime
  • The Exorcist - Amazon VOD
  • Re-Animator - Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • The Night Stalker(Classic Series) - YouTube:
  • The House on Haunted Hill (1959) - Hulu
  • The Shining - Amazon VOD
  • The Cabin in the Woods - Amazon Prime and Netflix
  • Repulsion - Hulu

For the Entire Family

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