HOW TO: Record an episode of The Daily Show to watch on your holiday vacation or road trip

November 15, 2011 | The PlayLater Team's Blog

Streaming media is great, until you try to watch the latest blockbuster in a plane, train or automobile! PlayLater is here to ensure you have something to watch on your trek over the river and through the woods (to Grandmothers house) this holiday season. It’s super easy and free for the first 14 days. Let’s take a look!

NOTE You’ll need to install the latest version of PlayLater to your PC. Then it’s just three simple steps:

STEP ONE: Open PlayLater and click on the channel you want. We want to catch last night’s “Daily Show with John Stewart”, so we’ll click on Comedy Central.

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STEP TWO: Select the episode you want to record. Check the Air Date to find the latest (you can also browse or search for the episode you want). Click the Record Now button and leave your PC on for the next 30 min.

Viola! Your selection will be waiting for you under “My Recordings” so you can “PlayLater” with no Internet access required.

STEP THREE: Click play. Watch your prize and pat yourself on the back for being prepared!

Well, this will make your holiday travels a bit more enjoyable. Why not load up the hard drive with your favorite clips, TV shows, and movies? You’ll need something to do during your layover in Chicago.

TIP: Be sure to record a couple of things for the kids while you are at it, they get bored so easily : )

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to record it now, and PlayLater. What will you record next?

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The DVR Effect: What is driving the increase in time-shifted content?

October 31, 2011 | The PlayLater Team's Blog

Long gone are the days when we’d gather around our television sets for the latest batch of “must see TV.” These days, we can just catch up on our favorite programs whenever we want since we can simply time shift them. Audiences have decided that they can’t be bothered with the networks’ schedule. We want to watch what we want, when we want. Period.

Time shifting is experiencing exponential growth, but it threatens broadcasters’ and media companies’ status quo. They are desperately trying to maintain control over their primetime, the advertising tied to primetime, and the content itself. Time shifting threatens their way of doing business. However, it seems the more the cable companies and content providers try to fight time shifting, the more consumers demand it. And why wouldn’t they? Most of the content we want is available online, on demand. We can find what we need, when we need it. To the modern consumer, access is more important than ownership.

One of the problems is that time-shifted or DVRed content isn’t included in the metrics. The more you measure it, the more you see that time-shifted views of broadcast content represent a larger and larger percentage of the total views of that content. And it is growing – this year consumers have viewed 25% more DVRed content than last year.
However, if consumers don’t want to watch by the broadcast schedule, when do they want to watch? A recent New York Times article explains that viewers are catching up on their time-shifted content on Fridays, already a traditionally weak ratings night. The article states:

“Friday is a big DVR viewing night,” said David F. Poltrack, CBS head of research. “by Friday, people have built up an inventory of shows they recorded earlier in the week.”

We know why viewers want to time shift, and we know that the cable and content companies are fighting to maintain the status quo. Maybe the big companies should reconsider their stance. Time shifting offers access to audiences who you cannot reach during primetime, and enables an existing audience to watch more often. Research studies have also shown that online viewers are more likely to watch commercials and are more engaged with the advertisement than broadcast viewers are.

Perhaps once the methods of measurement catch up to reality – and count the people who are time-shifting content (Nielson plans to start measuring DVR viewership in some major metros in 2012), advertisers will become more aware of how numerous, valuable and engaged these viewers are. Then broadcasters will be able to leverage (financially) and therefore embrace (technically) the new behaviors and expanded audiences. It really doesn’t matter how hard the media companies try to hold on to the broadcast model, though. Time shifting is here to stay, and soon enough our children will laugh at the inconvenient concept of “broadcast.”




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PlayLater is Out of Beta and Ready for the Masses

September 14, 2011 | PlayOn Staff's Blog

Two months and more than 10,000 testers later, PlayLater is ready. Today we are making PlayLater, the DVR for online video, available for everyone. Simply go to the PlayLater website and click on the link to start your free two week trial!

PlayLater lets you record videos from almost any website and watch them later, even if you’re offline. It’s perfect for catching up on your favorite TV shows, movies and streaming events when you’re travelling, commuting or camping.

We recently finished our closed beta program and had thousands of people test the service. There was a great response from our community of early adopters and we want to thank everyone who helped us “kick the tires” so to speak. PlayLater users had a ton of awesome feedback. One of the requests we heard most often was the ability to use PlayLater with our other streaming video service, PlayOn. Now, when you use both products together, you can easily record your content on your PC and take it with you on your tablet, phone or mobile device.

We love online video. Everyday, more and more people are cutting the cable as everyone’s favorite shows make it to the Internet - from live sports and special events to popular movies and TV shows. And now, with PlayLater, it’s easier than ever to enjoy online video -- you never have to worry about missing a show because its content window closed, or your airplane doesn’t have wifi. Just find your content, record, and PlayLater.

You can purchase PlayLater at for only $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. You can also bundle both of our services in the PlayTogether package – that gives you both PlayLater and PlayOn for $7.99 per month or $69.99 per year.

So check out PlayLater. If you have more questions, check out our FAQ or feel free to drop us a note

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PlayOn and PlayLater - The Peanut Butter and Chocolate of Online Video Together At Last!

August 4, 2011 | PlayOn Staff's Blog

 A few weeks ago we kicked off the beta for PlayLater, the DVR for online video. The response to the beta has been amazing, and after sifting through feedback from thousands of users we are addressing the number one beta request: enabling our two services, PlayOn and PlayLater to work together.

Now, with both services, our beta users can watch their PlayLater recorded content on almost any device. If you’re a PlayLater beta tester, you will get one month of PlayLater free after we release the Gold version. If you are also a PlayOn customer, you can add PlayLater for a mere $2.99/month or $29.99/year.

And one more thing, we are ready to let even more people in. Not only will everyone on the waitlist for the beta get in, but also anyone currently in the beta will get 5 invite codes to give to their friends and family. 

If you aren’t a beta user yet, signup for the waitlist now at and you’ll get in when we let the next wave of users in. If you are new to PlayOn, you can check it out for free. Once you have downloaded PlayLater, you will automatically have PlayOn installed on your PC and can use it for free for 14 days. Just fire up your Xbox, PlayStation 360, Wii, Roku, Google TV or download the PlayOn app for your iPhone, Andriod Phone, iPad, or Andriod Tablet and you’ll see all the great PlayOn content you can watch – including your PlayLater recordings. You can go here to find the setup instructions for your device: (no need to Download and install PlayOn if you have already installed PlayLater!)

We are excited to give folks even more freedom to watch their content when and where it’s convenient for them.

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Time to Invite Our PlayOn Users Into the PlayLater Beta

July 14, 2011 | PlayOn Staff's Blog

We recently announced the private beta for our new product, PlayLater, a DVR for online content, and let in 5,000 folks to kick the tires, and help us find the last of the bugs. Now it’s time to let our loyal PlayOn Premium users in to check it out, and start recording their favorite online videos.

As part of the beta, existing PlayOn users will receive a full one-month free trial. After the one-month free trial ends, PlayOn Premium users who were part of the Beta will get a special introductory rate for PlayLater of $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year.

We are excited to invite our current Premium customers to try PlayLater and we’ll continue to invite the rest of our PlayOn users throughout the coming weeks, so stay tuned! 

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