The 100 Best Moves You Can Make with your Money
Best Things to Cancel and Replace:
Replace this... Cable-TV service, which averages $71 a month (more with premium channels) With that: PlayOn, a $40 computer app that lets you stream TV shows and movies from Hulu.com, Netflix, and more to your TV. (You'll also need broadband Internet and a media-streaming or gaming device such as Xbox.) ...and save this much in the first year: $512
Can a Mouse cut the Cable Cord
by Douglas Quenqua
I tell everybody at my workplace about it all the time," said Sundance McClure, a Web developer from Lakeside, Calif., who canceled his cable service nine months ago when the cost inched toward $100 a month. Whenever colleagues talk about what they watch on TV, he said, "I always tell them, 'Yeah, well, you know, we don't have to pay for any of that.' " Whether this makes Mr. McClure popular at the office does not seem to be the point. He gains pleasure from watching hours of television a day with the help of PlayOn, a … software download that aggregates Internet content and streams it to his Xbox 360, a game console attached to his TV.
How to Watch Video, Wirelessly on your TV Set
by Walter S. Mossberg
An increasing number of people are watching video, including TV shows and movies, on their computers, instead of traditional TV sets. But computer screens are so small, some folks hook the computer up to the TV for their viewing sessions. The problem with that is that it can be complicated for the technically challenged. And it can involve long cables stretching across the floor, or leaving a computer you might want for other tasks permanently connected to the TV. So, companies have been working on ways to beam Internet video wirelessly to your TV. [One is] a software product called PlayOn. It beams video to your TV through popular game consoles.
"I purchased PlayonTV to run on a Wii and several iPod Touches ~1 year ago and I want to commend you for an excellent product and even better continuing support. I was blown away with how well your product worked from the start and continue to be very impressed with how your team continuously addresses problems as they arise and fixes them.
Thanks for the great service and support!"
~ Tony Joyner
"You guys are incredible. As a Web Programmer and Consultant, I buy a lot of software online to be more productive and am always looking for value. Although PlayOn is for entertainment, this is hands down probably the best software value I have ever purchased. Feel free to quote me with my initials."
~ Thanks, A.P.
"Playon is simply the best thing to have come into my life in the past year. (Other than getting married to my wonderful husband, of course.) Thank you for all the hard work you all do at PlayOn to continue to ensure that we, the customers, receive."
"I am sending you this unsolicited testimonial to tell you that I believe your technical support is outstanding. A breath of fresh air in a sea of apathy and incompetence."
"Hooray! I am so excited! Thanks, PlayOn! Between you, an antenna, and Netflix, cable can go take a hike!"
~ Dawn H
"I used the trial a few months back and I loved it, but I didn't buy it. I tried all the free apps like TVersity and Boxee. Today I came back and bought a license. I couldn't hold out any longer. I work long hours and when I get home I want to relax and watch what I want when I want it. I love PlayOn and I regret not buying it sooner. Thank You for making such a wonderful product."
"I wasn't sure where to send this, but I wanted to let you know how much I love your product. I especially like the my media function. I use it it stream all my movies and shows throughout my house with Roku. Thanks again for a badass product."
"Not a problem!!! I freaking love PlayOn! As soon as I tried the trial version, I cancelled our cable the next day...."
"Fantastic! Bravo! Five Stars!."
~ Mobile PlayOn user
"PlayOn on my Wii=good, Roku=better, iphone=versatile but on my Amazon Kindle Fire=AWSOME!"
"PlayOn + Kindle Fire is like Hot Fudge on a sundae!"
"I want to thank you for PlayLater!!! It was awesome for my Los Angeles to Amsterdam to Tanzania flight and back!!! I recorded 40+ hours of TV before I left and loved catching up while on the 40+ hours of flying. LOVE IT."
~ Chris, PlayLater user
I love Playon. If I was a computer, I would marry playon and we would have little streaming babies."
"These guys have the most amazing customer support! 24 hours a day they respond to emails within an hour!"
"I want to say thank you for a great product. My wife is living 3 hours away starting a new job and she had to miss our son's Christmas concerts. So I recorded the concerts and uploaded it onto my PlayOn computer and she was able to enjoy the concert on her TV with in minutes of the concert thank you for such a great product."