Psyched and Honored!


March 12, 2014 | Tracy's Blog

Just wanted to post a note to share how excited I am about the campaign we are launching with the March of Dimes. I have been working with the March of Dimes for the past 5 years since my daughter Millie was born at just 26 weeks and 2 lbs. She spent 100 days in the NICU at Swedish Hospital in Seattle and in addition to the incredible care from the nurses and neonatologists, the March of Dimes was instrumental in helping us through a terrifying ordeal. The research funded by the March of Dimes has enabled survival rates of preemies to sky rocket and importantly, the quality of life of a preemie to increase as well. In years past, Millie, if she had survived her first few weeks of life, would have been blind, and likely suffered from cerebral palsy. Instead she is a thriving, healthy 5 year old.

Millie was born in mid-November and spent 3.5 months in the hospital after he birth, fighting for her life. That meant that we (my husband, son and extended family) spent a Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years in the NICU. The March of Dimes provided “family” support to help us through these rough times – including a mentorship program with parents on the flip side of what we were going through, a Thanksgiving feast for families of infants in the NICU, and even a visit from Santa for Millie’s first Christmas photo. These programs helped educate us and bring joy into our lives during our 100 day stay.

In addition to the support from our extended families and friends and the March of Dimes, I have to give a shout out to the PlayOn team and my amazing colleagues. They picked up the slack while I was out and supported me 100% in being with my daughter whenever possible and giving myself 100% to helping her through, at the expense of EVERYTHING else. I attribute my ability to laser focus on being with her and caring for her to the amazing outcome she achieved.

Now, I am honored to be in a position to give back, not only personally (we have a March for Babies Family Team, TeamMillie which raises funds each year and for 2013, I had the honor of being the “top walker” in Washington State – raising the most funds) but to be able to give back through the company I co-founded over 10 years ago. A company with heart and soul – PlayOn!

So – for the Month of March – we are promoting Cut the Cord and Care for Babies. For every purchase made through this campaign, we will donate $5 to the March of Dimes.

» Click here to visit the campaign page

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Rdio added to the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store


March 12, 2014 | Skip's Blog

Yup...that's right.  Rdio has been added to the lineup of cool plugins available at the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store.  

'Your personal jukebox.  No quarters necessary.

Play what you want, when you want, from millions of hits and classic albums — or turn on a station for a perfect mix of songs. Feeling social? Follow friends and artists to see what they're playing.'

Aside from being an awesome music service, Rdio being available via PlayOn is cool for a number of reasons...The native Rdio Roku channel requires a 9.99 monthly subscription to listen but you can use PlayOn at your Roku to connect to your free Rdio account...no paid subscription required.

And there are also advantages of using PlayOn to connect to Rdio on mobile devices - While you can listen to "stations" free on mobile devices using the official Rdio app, playlists and full albums are only available with a Premium account.

Using PlayOn and the Rdio plugin, however, makes it possible to listen to full albums along with any of the playlists you have created on your PC...with a FREE Rdio account!

 

What are you listening to?

 

Get the Rdio plugin here

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The 2014 Winter Olympics Are Here!!!


February 7, 2014 | Skip's Blog

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, have kicked off in Sochi, Russia.
 
Now that the live streams are available online, our team is hard at work building a plugin for the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store.
 
In the meantime, you can stil watch your favorites events live at your TV or mobile device using PlayOn.  
 
Just be sure you have the PlayOn browser extension installed and browse here: 
http://www.nbcolympics.com/olympics-live-extra-schedule
 
You can also find more videos here (replays and highlights): http://www.nbcolympics.com/video
 

  1. Play the video (you'll have to log in with a cable provider to watch the live stream and full event replays)
  2. Click on the PlayOn browser button
  3. In the PlayMark window that opens, verify the video is playing (and crop if you like)
  4. Click Next and then choose whether to 'Save' or 'PlayCast To' your TV.  If you have PlayLater installed and running, you will also be presented with the option to record.

 
If you have any trouble, please try this:

  1. Stop the PlayOn server
  2. Hold SHIFT+ALT while starting the server again
  3. In the Internet Explorer window that opens, browse here: http://stream.nbcolympics.com

 
Choose a video - Are you prompted to log in? If so, log in and play the video.
Close IE, re-open your browser and try again to save or cast the video.
 
Enjoy!
 
 
 

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Any Music Fans Out There???


February 6, 2014 | Skip's Blog

Any music lovers out there? Check out this cool site
 
Live From Daryl's House
 
Some truly remarkable performances, and it works great with PlayMark and PlayCast! Just be sure to click on "Play Full Show" after selecting an episode...and then cast away...or record each week's new episode to watch whenever you like.
 
 

 

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Happy Holidays from the PlayOn family!!!


December 23, 2013 | Skip's Blog

Thank you for sharing some of your favorite holiday favorites with us.  Here are a few of our own.  Watch via PlayOn or record using PlayLater.
 
It's a Wonderful Life:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frXklECPkD0
 
A Christmas Carol (1951):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XNKe1cGucY
 
A Christmas Carol (1984, George C Scott): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvdMjXhPGd0

Classic Disney Christmas Collection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC-EWiwySjE

Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOUFMmprpLI

Are You Being Served Christmas Special (1976): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOUFMmprpLI

Miracle on 34th Street (1947):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0Ch6ivXHJo

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: Netflix and Amazon Prime

Bah HumDuck - A Looney Toons Christmas!: Netflix

The Polar Express: Netflix

White Christmas: Netflix

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Netflix

Santa Claus The Movie: Netflix

Jack Frost (animated): Amazon Prime

The Legend of Frosty the Snowman: Hulu (free)

Scrooged: Amazon Prime

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