PlayOn Channel Store – Rock and Rolling: How to Add 35 Channels to your PlayOn and PlayLater


February 2, 2012 | Tracy's Blog

Since we launched the PlayOn Channel Store in December, we have added over 35 plugin channels available to PlayOn users. That doubles the number of PlayOn channels to 70, and includes a lot of the niche content that we all love. As of today, the most popular three plugins are:

#1 HGTV (Design Star, All American Handyman, Curb Appeal, Hidden Potential, House Hunters, My Yard goes Disney,Property Virgins, Real Estate Intervention, Spike Up My Kitchen, Tough as Nails, and many more)

#2 TV Land (with classics like Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens, The Andy Griffith Show and Gunsmoke; and newcomers like Hot in Cleveland and Happily Divorced)

#3 The WB (Friends, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, Smallville, The OC, Veronica Mars, Chuck, Fringe, and cool new takes like Batman motion comics)

 

Installing a plugin is super easy.

1- You just go to the channel store: http://www.playon.tv/channel-store/
2- And find a channel you want to add to your PlayOn lineup.
3- Click Download on that plugin

 

4- As long as your PlayOn is running on your PC, you will see this window

5- Hit OK and then Yes here:

6- When PlayOn Settings opens, go to the General Settings Tab, and click on Stop (to stop the PlayOn Server), count to 20 and click on Start

 

7- Go to your device, fire up PlayOn, watch your new channel!

If you like the channel plugin and it works well (or you don’t….), be sure to let others know by voting. To do this – just click on the logo of the channel and then click on the thumbs up or thumbs down to vote!

 

In addition to HGTV, TV Land, and The WB, the other channels available through the PlayOn Channel Store include:
Academic Earth
Beavis and Butthead
BestRussianTV (Live and On Demand Russian TV)
Bravo
CBS College Sports(BTN)
CBS Local
Chow
Countdown with Keith Olbermann
CSpan Live Feeds
Disney Junior
Free Radio
Giant Bomb
Howcast
KidsWB
Logo
Nascar
NBC.com
Open Yale Courses
Qubo Kids Shows
Revision 3
Rollercoaster POV Theater
Stanford Engineering Courses
Starcade
Storage Hunters
Street Fire
U.S. Department of State
UitzendingGemist
VH1
Wall Street Journal
Warriors of Wrestling
Yule Log
YuppTV (Live and On-Demand Indian TV)

Enjoy PlayOn and PlayLater (our latest product - the DVR for online videos) with over 70 channels available!

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How to Watch Hulu, CBS, Comedy Central, ESPN and Instantly Add More than 25 channels on your Roku


January 30, 2012 | Tracy's Blog


We just launched a new and much improved PlayOn channel for the Roku. PlayOn is the best way to add more channels to your Roku. PlayOn lets you watch Hulu (no Hulu Plus subscription required), CBS, Comedy Central, NBS, ABC, Fox, ESPN, and more TV, movies, sports, and entertainment channels on your Roku. PlayOn on Roku is a private channel, but it is oh so easy to set up. There are 4 great engancements that the new channel offers:

1. The new PlayOn channel on Roku has search. It’s the first PlayOn interface with search, so you can just type the name of your favorite show without browsing through multiple folders.

2. It has all the trick-play features properly implemented so you can fast forward, rewind and resume (woohooo!).

3. We also added personal media playing capabilities to the Roku. You can now watch your personal photo slideshows and play any music tracks from your PC on the Roku with the PlayOn Channel - just click on MyMedia.

4. The User Interface is cleaned up with pretty logos and nice thumbnails.


It’s easy to set up.

Step 1:
If you have the “old” PlayOn channel, delete it. You can do this by going to your Roku and selecting Channel Store from the main menu. Under the My Channels category, select PlayOn and then click on Remove Channel.

Step 2: Install the new channel by going to your PC and clicking on https://owner.roku.com/Add/MYPLAYON and logging into your Roku account. Then click Yes, Add Channel.

Step 3: Go back into the Channel Store on your Roku so that it adds PlayOn right away (otherwise it takes 24 hrs to update)!

Being able to search for my favorite shows (my new favorite show is Revenge, though I think it is about to get old) is a great addition (I know – it’s about time!). You can also watch Happy Endings, Pan Am, American Horror Story and all the other 100+ Hulu shows that are “web-only” on your Roku with PlayOn. Of course – you don’t have to pay for Hulu Plus at all if you have PlayOn – just watch regular Hulu right on your Roku through PlayOn - no additional subscription fees required.

Of course, the perfect complement to PlayOn on Roku is a Netflix subscription, at least give it a try - it's free for the first month!

That's all there is to it. Now go enjoy the new PlayOn channel on your Roku!

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We need a Web Developer!


January 23, 2012 | Tracy's Blog

If you have:
- A working understanding of of PHP
- Intermediate knowledge of HTML & CSS
- Experience with web graphics production/optimization
- Knowledge of how to translate and slice a layered PSD into front-end code
- Basic Javascript and/or understanding of JQuery
- Ability to troubleshoot/debug code
- Desire to learn all aspects of the website maintenance and production process
 
And, ideally:
- The ability to flourish in a fast paced environment where no two days look alike. Must be able to adjust quickly to changing projects/priorities.
- Design skills
- Knowledge of CMS systems (preferably Drupal)
 
Then, PlayOn could be a great opportunity for you. Please contact me by sending your resume to jobs@playon.tv.

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Snow Day


January 19, 2012 | Tracy's Blog

It's a snow day in Seattle - World Headquarters for PlayOn. And I gotta say - thank goodness for PlayOn (the product, though I love the company as well). Not only has it kept me entertained and informed, but it has also kept me from harming the 2 mini-people who are going stir-crazy in my house!

PlayOn is great for kids. They can watch Dinosaur Train, Curious George, and Sid the Science Kid on the PS3, Xbox360 or Wii from PBS kids through PlayOn. They can watch my son's favorite, Kung Fu Panda from Nick on the big screen TV through the Roku, Xbox, PS3, Wii. All with no cable charges!

Of course, my daughter just wants to watch on mommy's iPad (while my son prefers the TV screen). At 3 years old, she can watch countless episodes of Angelina Ballerina courtesty of PBS Kids and PlayOn - no need to pay for those episodes from iTunes (which are NOT cheap). I just record a bunch via PlayLater and she (I know at only 3, it's mind-blowing), knows how to open PlayOn on the iPad and start her Angelina Ballerina videos.

 

An then mommy can play Words with Friends!

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PlayOn Ignites the Kindle Fire


January 18, 2012 | Tracy's Blog

Overheard on Facebook:

PlayOn on my Wii=good, Roku=better, iphone=versatile but on my Amazon Kindle Fire=AWSOME!

- Gary A.

PlayOn + Kindle Fire is like Hot Fudge on a sundae!

- Gary A.
 
And, what is a sundae without hot fudge anyway? Either way, it's true -- you can now watch Hulu for free (no HuluPlus subscription required) on the Kindle Fire – it’s easy with PlayOn. It’s also easy to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime VOD, HuluPlus, CBS, ComedyCentral, NHL, NFL, MLB.tv, ESPN, SyFy and all 30 other PlayOn channels on your Kindle Fire.
 
Detailed instructions are here: http://www.playon.tv/supported-devices. Just go to m.playon.tv in your Silk browser while you're on the same network as your PlayOn PC. You'll see the PlayOn menus on your Fire. Once you watch a video on your home Wi-Fi, if you have Mobile Access enabled in PlayOn Settings, you should be able to play videos from your PlayOn install even when your Fire’s on a remote Wi-Fi network.
 
If it doesn’t work right away, you may have your “Accelerated Browsing” turned on. This has to be off since it caches stuff which means you won’t be able to pull up the video you want (and I have found Accelerated Browsing is slower than the non-accelerated anyway, though I am sure the Silk team at Amazon is working on that). To turn off Accelerated Browsing just :
• Tap the menu button within the Silk Browser.
• Tap Settings
• Toggle Accelerate Page Loading to off. You will need to scroll down a bit to find the option.
More detailed instructions are here courtesy of laptopmag.com http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-disable-web-browser-acceleration-in-the...
 
So [Kindle] Fire Up your PlayOn!

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