Get 'Em Before They're Gone!

October 3, 2014 | Skip's Blog

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 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!

MLB Classics makes its way to the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store

September 26, 2014 | Skip's Blog

A subscription to 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 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'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. 

Who's your favorite Muppet?

August 29, 2014 | Skip's Blog

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 ;)

We Need Your Vote: SXSW 2015

August 21, 2014 | PlayOn Team's Blog

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:
Deja Vu: TV and Music Industry Parallels:



The New MyMedia for Roku: Now with Casting

August 14, 2014 | PlayOn Team's Blog

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.