Hello Roku? We need more Rokus!

March 8, 2012 | Tracy's Blog

So Roku is doing a big marketing push – I get that. I totally support it. The Roku2 ROCKS!
Anthony has gotten some great press lately – yea for him:

Roku is generally kicking ass and taking names. Go guys.

But – when you do a big marketing push, shouldn’t you have product to sell to the customer demand you are generating? This week alone, Roku was out-of-stock on the LT for 3 days and the HD is still out-of-stock, 4 days and running. Normally, I wouldn’t care so much, but since we are giving away a Roku with each Lifetime purchase of PlayOn, the stock outs are really annoying me, and my customers.

So guys, let’s try to keep the LT in stock (hint: it’s selling like gangbusters, order more now!).


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Top 10 Uses for PlayLater

February 29, 2012 | Tracy's Blog

So people have been asking – why do I need a DVR for online content when I am always online?
Well – I have 2 answers from my own experience:
1 – Despite the fact that YOU may always be online, the CONTENT actually isn’t = it expires, and perhaps before you got a chance to watch it.
2 – And actually, you aren’t ALWAYS online!
So, with that said, I thought I’d share my top 10 uses for PlayLater:
10. Record the entire season of Glee to watch during my family Glee marathon weekend for free from Hulu.

9. Record the last 2 weeks of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice to watch in Whistler après ski (where Hulu is not available).

8. Record Salt from Netflix to watch in France while waiting in flat for child to recover from too many “French Fries”.

7. Record my favorite Pandora channel to enjoy while cooking dinner in said French flat.

6. Record a slew of fuzzy kitty and cuddly puppy dog YouTube videos to amuse and sooth kids on Flight from Seattle to NY.

5. Record last 5 episodes of Mad Men from Hulu to get me through flight from Seattle to Vegas and back (along with associated delays).

4. Record Memento from Netflix to watch while visiting my 92-year old grandmother who has to watch her “soaps” way too loud (even if I am visiting).

3. Record a bunch of Angelina Ballerina and Dinosaur Train to keep my kids of the Internet while trying to use it (read it’s slow) at my parent’s house.

2. Record the season of PanAm from Hulu Plus to see what all of the hype is about on the 5-hour ride to Whistler.

1. Record episodes of Sid the Science Kid off of PBSKids to entertain 3 yr old, 5 year old, and about 5 other pint-sized on-lookers while waiting for delayed cross-country flights in SeaTac.
You can try PlayLater for free for 14 days!


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February 20, 2012 | Tracy's Blog

Ever heard of magicJack…an infomercial phenomenon that makes VOIP simple and understandable to grandmas and kids (oh and they never use the word VOIP, obviously). If you read this blog, it is likely that you have never even heard of magicJack, yet 8 million of them have been sold in the US in the past few years...and it has folks who have never even heard of VOIP using IP telephony and canceling their phone service.

The savings on canceling your landline phone service pale in comparison to what we are paying the cable companies for our TV service. Well, PlayOn is moving one step closer to making that a thing of the past too. We affectionately call it MagicTV. Right now, for $79.99, you can get a lifetime license to PlayOn Premium PLUS a free Roku LT. With Roku+PlayOn you have everything you need to make your cable bill vanish. POOF. GONE. FOREVER.

See how cute the Roku LT is? And powerful – for only a $79.99 one-time, if you have a PC, a TV and broadband, then you have all you need to cut the cable cord – and save $80 PER MONTH (or perhaps more depending on what you are spending on your Cable bill). You will still get to watch your NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox favorites….in addition to Comedy Central, Netflix*, Amazon VOD, and over 30 channels in all – ON YOUR TV. Just plug the tiny Roku box into your TV and step through the simple setup instructions. Download PlayOn to your PC and add it to your Roku (instructions here). Don't be scared by the new device to plug in -- It’s really easy (we promise!). It’s < $80. It has no subscription fees (*except for Netflix if you want movies and some other subscription sites if you want movies and sports). It’s like magic....massive savings in a time where there are better ways to spend your hard earned $$ -- there has never been a better time to cut the cord!

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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)
CBS College Sports(BTN)
CBS Local
Countdown with Keith Olbermann
CSpan Live Feeds
Disney Junior
Free Radio
Giant Bomb
Open Yale Courses
Qubo Kids Shows
Revision 3
Rollercoaster POV Theater
Stanford Engineering Courses
Storage Hunters
Street Fire
U.S. Department of State
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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