We Did It! We Launched a Brand New MyMedia Channel in Roku!


May 14, 2013 | Tracy's Blog

Many folks have started noticing that there is a new channel in the Roku store called MyMedia. There seems to be some confusion and questions about it. Well - I am here to set the record straight. MyMedia was indeed developed by the developers of PlayOn, but is a FREE channel + FREE PC software app that lets you stream your media from your PC to your Roku (or other device). You can learn more about it here: www.playon.tv/mymedia.
 
The MyMedia Roku channel contains only the “MyMedia” functionality from PlayOn and no additional functionality. While PlayOn has recently made a number of enhancements to the MyMedia functionality, MyMedia is no different in the MyMedia channel on the private PlayOn channel. Recent enhancements include:

  • Improved fast forwarding functionality for transcoded content
  • Ability to include iTunes music playlists (check the Show iTunes playlists box in My Media Options)
  • Better support for sharing media on network shares (NAS, etc.)
  • Include embedded or external subtitles in transcoded output (check the Include subtitles box under Subtitles in My Media Options)
  • Better hierarchy and structure of media file folders and categories
  • Ability to specify file extensions that should be served directly to devices, without transcoding (provided your device supports the format)
  • Generate dynamic cover art for all media, if possible to acquire from online sources
  • Improved efficiency of metadata extraction from media files
  • Checking parental control metadata
  • Samsung TVs: show thumbnail images as well as the ability to directly serve .srt subtitle files

We are excited to have a product in the official Roku channel store and hope that folks find it useful in getting the most out of their Roku experience - and did I mention, it's 100% FREE?!
 

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Take That Big Cable!


May 14, 2013 | Tracy's Blog

We at PlayOn have been cranking away for almost 10 years now (can you believe it?) on giving consumers a way to watch the vast content available on the Internet on their TV's....mostly so they can cut the cord and have an alternative to shelling out thousands of dollars each year to the greedy cable companies.
We're not the only ones -- Boxee and Plex have been at it for a while as well, and new entrants like Roku, Hulu, and Netflix have been changing the game as well in the past 5 years or so. Our aggregate efforts are finally making some headway! When we surveyed PlayOn customers 2 years ago, about 60% used PlayOn to augment their cable or satellite service, while 40% cut the cord with PlayOn. In 2013, that completely flipped -- now 60% of PlayOn customers are cord-cutters. It seems that is bearing out in the macro numbers as well. Variety reports that in Q1 2013, subscriber adds were less than 1/2 what they have been in the prior 3 Q1's.

So - finally we can say - Take that Big Cable!

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FREE on GOOGLE TV


May 8, 2013 | Tracy's Blog

That’s right – we’ve decided to make PlayOn COMPLETELY FREE on Google TV. Why? Well - Hulu and the Networks have been discriminating against Google TV owners by not creating apps that enable folks to watch their content on Google TV – so Roku has Hulu Plus, PS3 and Xbox 360 have Hulu Plus, but poor Google TV = no dice. That means you won’t be able to get content from CBS, ABC, Fox, and Comedy Central on your Google TV.
 
Don't take my word for it -- this has been going on for a couple of years:
http://www.gtvhub.com/2012/08/09/will-hulu-plus-ever-make-it-to-google-tv/
“So the question still remains: why is Hulu Plus [STILL] not available on Google TV?”

So…..we at PlayOn thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we enabled Google TV folks to have Hulu, ABC, CBS, Fox, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and 50+ more channels for FREE?” So, forget paying $7.99/month for Hulu Plus or $49.99 for a PlayOn license. Use PlayOn and get Hulu.com content on your Google TV – for FREE! Plus 60+ other network and premium channels – all for FREE. So tell your friends, shout it from the tree tops (ok – that’s a little overboard, it’s not likely a Google TV owner will hear you), but do spread the word. Just go to www.playon.tv/googletv and you can download PlayOn to your PC from there. No need to buy a license key – the non-licensed software will just magically work on Google TVs. Then, from your Google TV, go into the Google Play Store and get the PlayOn app. That’s it! [Ok, there are more detailed instructions here www.playon.tv/googletv ].

If you have any suggestions as to how we can spread the word – let us know at google@playon.tv. We want every Google TV owner to be able to watch their favorite TV shows for free!

Small print: This FREE offer is for a limited time only….

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The CW comes to PlayOn...no 8 day delay!


April 22, 2013 | Skip's Blog

 
Bummed that there's an 8 day delay between the original airing of your favorite shows from The CW and when they are available at Hulu? Download the new plugin for The CW available at the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store and watch new episodes almost immediately after they air:
 

http://playon.tv/channel-store/channel/thecw-0

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Redbox Instant on PlayOn and PlayLater


March 28, 2013 | Tracy's Blog

We did it again! Bringing channels to your Roku, PS3, Wii, etc. before they are natively available - that's PlayOn. This time it's Redbox Instant - Redbox's new streaming service similar to Netflix. While Xbox Live Gold subscribers get it natively, if you don't want to fork out the $ for a Gold account - no worries - you can get Redbox on your Xbox 360 with PlayOn!
 
Yup - Redbox on Roku through PlayOn.
 
Redbox on PS3 and Redbox on Wii or WiiU through PlayOn.
 
And - you can record Redbox Instant movies with PlayLater and then watch them on your iPad or iPhone or tablet or PC when you fly off to Spring Break. We're headed up north to British Columbia to hit the slopes for some spring skiing, and thank goodness for PlayLater - since we can't get Hulu, Redbox or Netflix in Canada with our US accounts. Got the recording queue filled up and cranking away so we can watch Redbox movies every night!
 
So - whether you're headed to the beach or the slopes, whether you're flying or driving - with Redbox Instant, PlayOn and PlayLater - we've got you covered - rain or shine!
 
We hope for shine!

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