Oct. 17, 2014
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.
Oct. 3, 2014
As many of you may have heard - or perhaps sadly noticed when trying to watch after 9/30 - the critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica expired on Netflix a few days ago...no longer available to stream with a Netflix subscription. While it's available to purchase at Amazon VOD, it's also no longer available to stream with an Amazon Prime subscripton.
If you have PlayLater and heard the news, then you were among the lucky folks who were able to record unwatched episodes before that 9/30 expiration date.
That got us thinking...wouldn't it be cool if there was a tool out there that would let you know when a show or movie might be expiring...not just on Netflix, but other services.
In our exploration, we happened to stumble over this cool site:
You can filter by a variety of services...and even quickly find those shows and movies that are scheduled to expire on Hulu! Take a gander at these links for shows and movies scheduled to expire soon on Hulu
Hulu TV Shows Expiring Soon
Hulu Movies Expiring Soon
And for those of you outside the US – you can even filter Netflix results for each category by region (did we mention that we support Netflix in 16 countries now?!!!?)
So, fire up those recording queues, and get 'em before they're gone!
Sep. 26, 2014
A subscription to MLB.tv may seem a bit pricy to many folks, particularly since it's subject to local blackouts....However, they are currently running a special - sign up for the balance of the regular season for only 3.99 (yup - 3.99!). Though the season is drawing to a close, it's still a great deal to check out the service.
Sign up for MLB.tv 2014
We've also spent some time digging around and stumbled over a treasure trove of classic MLB videos.
- History making games
- League Championship games
- No Hitters and Perfect game
- Even World Series broadcasts going back 60 years
The best part is...it's all available completely free! Download the MLB Classics plugin from the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store today and relive all of those great baseball memories.
Aug. 29, 2014
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. 21, 2014
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!
Aug. 14, 2014
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.
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.ShareThis
Aug. 8, 2014
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!)
In the mood for classic westerns? Take a gander at this awesome site...free full-length movies with an enitre section dedicated to 'The Duke' himself
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. 30, 2014
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.
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.
Jul. 11, 2014
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 Pluto.tv plugin available at the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store:
Once you have the plugin installed, select Pluto.tv via PlayOn, select the entertainment category and check out the Retro Movies channel for some retro awesomeness. Oh, and the plugin supports Pluto.tv user accounts. You can save videos to your free Pluto.tv account online and then easily watch at any device using PlayOn!
Jun. 26, 2014
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.ShareThis