PlayOn TV Desktop App: Makes Live and On-Demand TV Accessible From One Place
ATTENTION!… Many visitors ask me is all the steaming content in the PlayOn TV application free to watch online. The answer is no. Not all the content is free. There are many subscription-based content providers with live and on-demand TV included such as Fox, CBS, HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu, and many others. If you don’t have a paid subscription, you must pay a monthly fee to each content provider to watch what they have. Here’s an alternative to PlayOn TV if you don’t want to pay monthly subscriptions to watch HBO, Discovery Channel, Cinemax, ESPN, FX, History Channels, Sky Channels, etc. – CLICK HERE.
If you want to record whatever you watch online – CLICK HERE
PlayOn Review by Real User and Tester. It has become abundantly clear that in order to save time getting access to unlimited streaming content online, streamlining is most important. Visiting one TV/VOD website after another to watch something of interest isn’t practical anymore, and need I say isn’t 21st century. This review of PlayOn TV falls in line with learning how to cut the cable cord. Also saving cost without losing the entertainment you love.
Smart TVs, game consoles and streaming media devices each come with a limited number of TV/VOD apps at your fingertips. But there is a larger number of free and pay-to-watch streaming content providers out there besides Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu, and YouTube to watch live and on-demand streaming content online. There are many live TV channels online, today than ever before. Many TV networks are now streaming their content online for you to watch TV channels online (TV shows, movies, news, sports, and so on).
However, computer users don’t have TV/VOD apps that directly connect to various live TV and on-demand sources. There are plenty of free and pay-to-watch TV/VOD websites that viewers can find on their own. But rather than spend time and effort surfing online and visiting one website after another to watch something, there’s an easier approach. PlayOn TV is an aggregator service that brings everything to one place, both live TV and on-demand content providers.
After hearing about this all-in-one aggregator TV/VOD portal, I was anxious to try it out on my computer. And experience what smart TV, smartphone and streaming media devices were getting with the use of TV/Video Apps at their fingertips.
If searching for a source with all your video-on-demand services in one place, PlayOn has that cover. But they also included and bring together a wealth of subscription-based providers such as HBOGO and ESPN.
Users of this product/service can download software to watch, cast, stream, and record streaming live/VOD content from many content providers. Once they install the TV portal on their Windows computer, they immediately have available to them free and pay-to-use content providers. A Mac version is said to be in development.
Users can personalize PlayOn when adding/saving their own content (more on this later). And there’s plenty more perks and interesting features available that make this app hard to pass by.
See it in action (Free Download)…
Note: To get access to the free version, visit the PlayOn website (see link above) and click the ‘Download’ link at top of website. Complete form and download free app to Windows computer.
Playon Review: TV on PC Desktop App
What is PlayOn? This award-winning software received high accolades from Popular Science Magazine and Money Magazine including CNET. It’s a free streaming hub (or portal) that streamlines (well organize) many streaming VOD and live content providers/websites, which has all your personal media conveniently laid out in one place on your personal computer. In addition, this hub provides content, management and functions like a media service, with an online DVR all wrapped up in a single easy-to-use interface.
The user can watch as well as record literally any online video with PlayOn Plus, which is the pay-to-use version that offers additional features. If the streaming content is available over the web, then chances are PlayOn TV can stream it to basically any device or record the content to watch it offline.
Simply put, users can use this portal to access favorite streaming content from anywhere in the household. They can watch, cast, stream or record any movie or show on the web from streaming sites content providers like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and other TV/VOD websites.
Playon Review: Questions & Answers
Users can even record full-length TV series with just one click. Or subscribe to automatically record a favorite series when available online.
What’s on PlayOn? Many popular live and video-on-demand streaming content providers/websites are available, which allows you to watch whatever is of interest online. Here’s a screenshot with many free-to-use and pay-to-watch channels that are available:
What Is Needed? Just a Windows PC that meets the minimum requirements and Internet connection. PlayOn provides a ton of value without the use of any additional hardware or equipment. The PlayOnTV software also allows users to stream to any number of network connected devices, which means you can watch everything on your TV as well as watch it all on a smartphone or tablet when on-the-go.
Are PlayOn Channels Illegal? You have nothing to worry about here. All the content from streaming content providers are available for you to watch free or through a paid subscription. However, recording content from Netflix, for instance, may have a little gray area. But as long as you don’t sell the recorded content to make a profit or redistribute it in any way or do something else against copyrights, you can use the app like millions of people do today.
If you already have a Roku, here’s how you can benefit (PlayOn Roku Review):
PlayOn offers many advantages. If you already have a Hulu paid subscription, PlayOn gives you the ability to stream recordings (ad-free) to your PlayOn Roku when using the AdSkip feature.
Some good examples are CBS and PBS. Though Roku’s native PBS channel basically provides a relatively small number of rotating video selections, PlayOn allows access to the entire PBS video archive, which is available at PBS.org and has 100s of additional full-length episodes.
As for PlayOn’s CBS channels, it provides free use of full-length CBS episodes, whereas no CBS All Access subscription is required! There are many more of these examples. The PlayOnTV hub has many free-to-use TV/VOD websites such as ABC, NBC, SpikeTV, Fox, MTV, Comedy Central, VHI, and so on.
Further into the PlayOn review, it was discovered that you can record videos. Users can easily transfer recordings to almost any device to watch offline (no Internet connection)… or they can stream recordings to their mobile device or TV via PlayOn’s AdSkip feature. Something else to note — there are many third party PlayOn plugins available in their Channels Store.
PlayOn Browser Extension
I also discovered a browser extension that allows you to bookmark, cast and even record literally any online video. In essence, you can record videos directly from your web browser.
I installed the extension to both my Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers and the icon appeared on my browser – it works like a charm. I was able to record streaming content outside of the PlayOn platform from my browser and click the PlayMark link within the dashboard to play what I recorded – it works great!
How to find the browser extension…
- Open PlayOn on your computer
- Click ‘Settings’ icon (round gear shape) at bottom left corner
- Popup windows appears – click ‘Yes’; Next, ‘Settings’ window appears
- Click ‘Browser’ tab at top
- See “Browsers you wish to integrate…” and check each box for web browser(s) you want to install extension
- Click OK button when done
Update: Extension no longer installs on my Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers for some reason. But still installed on Google Chrome browser
How Does It Work? When you install the PlayOn download software on your PC, it automatically opens (first time only) and takes you to the Welcome screen where the Quick Start Guide appears. An icon also appears on your computer desktop. In the Welcome area, you’ll see four links on the left side of the panel as follows: Welcome; Channels Startup; Plus Preview; Device Setup. See screenshot below…
There’s also a User guide available that helps with setting up the Playon channels and devices, along with the ‘Quick Guide’ that are available when clicking the ‘Help’ (?) icon. You’ll also see the ‘Settings’ icon (gear shape image) and Cast Control icon on the bottom left of the PlayOn dashboard. This PlayOn TV review didn’t go into great lengths to explain the guide because you can read it on their website right now, without downloading the software.
When inside the dashboard, there are two features to start watching television shows (live & vod):
- Select free streaming content to watch from ‘Featured’ and ‘Channels’ categories
- Start the Channel Setup by signing up to subscription services and/or enter login details
Channels are names of streaming content providers that offer TV shows, movies, and videos you want to watch online. You simply click the Channel icon image that interest you to be taken to directories such as Current Shows, New Shows, Digital Shows, and Events. Inside those directories will show a list of individual TV shows – See screenshoot below…
Entering Channel Credentials. Some channels like HBO Go, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix requires a paid subscription in order to watch the content. As for free accounts, like Crackle, there’s no need to login to watch the content. As for other channels, such as YouTube, they make TV viewing a lot more convenient and at times expand on the available content.
You simply enter your credentials, click the ‘Edit Channels Settings’ icon (gear image) at the top right of the Channels tab. There are other ways do this as well: From the Welcome screen, click Channel Setup >> Channels or click the Settings (gear shaped icon) as described earlier. You’ll also find an Edit Channels Setting link in the Channels section.
There’s also a feature for sorting channels into whatever order you like or disable additional channels you don’t want to watch as well as enable them. Just un-check the box next to a channel to disable it.
Tip: Users can add more channels to their lineup with PlayOn Channel Plugins.
On the left side of the Channel link (at top of dashboard) is the Featured link where you’ll find popular and top streaming content. The user can also watch, cast, stream and record TV shows, movies, and other content as well, according to which version is in use (Free or Plus).
- Popular on Hulu
- Popular on Netflix
- Top Shows
- Top Channel
Does PlayOn Require a Cable Provider? Yes and No! Some channels included will require a cable provider but most recent full-length episodes do not require a subscription.
If you find that specific shows aren’t available for free over the web and want to watch them immediately, then you may want to purchase individual TV passes from streaming services such as Amazon VOD. They allow consumers to purchase full season episodes of 3-4 for about the same price of a month’s worth of cable.
You can use PlayOn to stream to any device as well as record and watch offline. Not only that but the software adds the convenience of cable to cord-cutter and streamers. If looking for a DVR for the Internet, this software will record TV shows/episodes and other streaming content automatically — once they become available over the web.
If you cannot find a particular website of interest listed as a channel and want to watch those videos via television or record them, you can purchase the ‘Plus’ version that includes the PlayOn browser extension. This way you can bookmark/record anything outside the software as well as make and cast to your television or record mostly any video online.
PlayOn and DNS/VPN Service
Does PlayOn Work Outside the U.S.? The service makes it clear that the availability of the content depends on the content provider and your region – certain countries may be blocked. Obviously, any video that can be played when visiting the provider’s site, can be streamed and recorded with the PlayOn technology. UK TV viewers/residences, see Sky Now TV Box.
If concerned about blocked content when using this software outside the USA region, there is a workaround. You should consider a DNS service like AdFreetime Region Unlock, which is inexpensive and said to work pretty well with the download PlayOn and PlayLater feature. Or read an article about how to resolve geo restrictions… How To Bypass Geo Restrictions and Location Errors”
Just turn on the DNS service for your PC, and then load Playon on your PC so that it connects online via DNS service. That’s all there is to it. You can get access to many streaming content providers and watch whatever you like.
Here’s something else users can benefit from. PlayOnTV also supports the addition of new video services via plugins and scripts, whereas many of these services provide the availability of international videos. This can be found in the Channel store from the PlayOn desktop app.
What Devices Are Compatible? The app is designed to function with many different streaming devices. You can add PlayOn to Roku including Chromecast, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and other devices. A complete list can be viewed further down in this PlayOn review. Once your device is connected to the same network as your PC, it should work with the PlayOn app. You can always contact support to see whether or not your device is compatible.
PlayOn can also be used with your wii or play station. See video tutorials below…
How to use PlayOn with Wii
How to use PlayOn with Playstation
What’s Not Needed? You don’t need any playback device to watch videos with this app. As mentioned before, you can stream to almost to any device. The app is designed for personal computers, whereas you can watch videos online and record them on a PC. If you upgrade to the Plus version, you have the ability to use your table or mobile device.
To connect a computer to TV usually requires a video/audio cable such as HDMI cable (see image at right). However, you don’t need to do this when using the PlayOn app. You can easily use your home Internet network to send videos to any device (Chromecast, game console, network connected TV, Blu-ray player, Roku, etc.) that’s connected to your home network. In fact, I discovered that one installation of PlayOn can be utilized to stream any number of different devices/TVs you want.
Is There Live PlayOn Sports? According to the service, watching live sports online is still a challenge. However, there are available channels that users can subscribe to like NBA, MLB, Fox Soccer, NHL and ESPN. If sports is high on your list, I suggest you review an independent, 3rd party Live web TV service that direct-connects to many popular sports channels/networks with daily games and matches worldwide.
If you already have Chromecast, here’s how you can benefit:
In a single word – flexibility. The app streamlines web content into one place that’s convenient. Browse whatever is of interest from PlayOn on your PC or the PlayOn Mobile app or, select any video, and cast it to your Chromecast. Easily record videos with the DVR and stream ad-free when using the AdSkip feature.
If you already subscribed to Netflix and/or Hulu for your television, here’s how you can enhance your web experience:
You’ll love how this app makes Netflix and Hulu a better place. It totally supports Hulu pay-to-watch subscription. What this means is you can watch Hulu on any television. If you keep your subscription for access to exclusive content, then use the PlayOn app to record whatever is of interest, automatically. Later, you can stream recordings (ad-free) to any television at home.
Same thing with Netflix. Record videos and watch them anytime, anywhere offline, and take with you when away from from home.
As previously mentioned, PlayOn also adds a ton of additional content. Channels like Starz Play, Comedy Central, xFinity, CBS, HBO Now, Fx Now, Showtime, NBA…at any device… whether or not there is native support!
Speaking of CBS, if you already have a CBS app on your television that requires you to pay for CBS All Access to watch full episodes, PlayOn can help. The app runs on your personal computer (desktop or laptop), which in turn provides access to any videos you have access to… in your web browser.
Keep in mind, new full-length episodes are available the next day they broadcast on CBS.com. However, you can use the PlayOn application to stream all those episodes to any number of devices. And do so without paying for a subscription to CBS All Access.
You can setup subscriptions to include all CBS shows that interest you, as well as automatically setup to record them. There’s no need to worry about when they expire.
By the way, if you want to know whether or not PlayOn works with Netflix accounts from other regions, the answer is ‘Yes’. The service currently supports Netflix accounts in 18 regions and will add support for others as Netflix continues to broaden their reach.
If you have cable and have no plans on canceling, here’s how you can benefit:
Actually, it doesn’t matter whether you are living with cable or not. But if you do, you’ll be please to know this app includes a variety of channels with support for cable provider authentication. This means you can stream all your favorite shows to any device without hardware such as Roku player or cable box. In fact, you may want to cancel your DVR service and save. PlayOn can automatically record all your favorites. Not only that but record offline via any device ad-free.
Playon Plus Review – Features (Your shows; Record; Cast; Stream; Skip Ads; Mobile; Subscriptions; Your Media; Watch TV on Your TV)
Watch Video Tutorials to Learn How to Get Started, Cast, Stream, Record, and Learn Other Feature…
All Your Channels In One Place. One can consider this one-source app a launchpad to all his/her favorites… from movies to TV shows, Netflix to Hulu and many other providers, sports networks to many major networks, and so on. There are over 100 of these channels available, which you can add yourself along the way.
Just like having TV/VOD apps on your smartphone, smart TV, or streaming media device but you get them on your computer with many additional TV/VOD plugins (similar to apps) you can add…
Watch TV on Your TV. If you want to watch everything on your small/large screen television, the app makes this a cinch to setup – stream or cast to any television at home. The way to do this is connect your television to any compatible streaming media device (PlayStation, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox, or Wii), then get out the popcorn, sit back, and enjoy!
Subscriptions. You can setup Playon to record all your favorites automatically, including new episodes as soon as they are released. No more worrying about those movies and shows disappearing from the Internet before you get to view them.
Casting to Your TV. Streaming videos can be cast from a personal computer to your Xbox, Chromecast, or Roku.
Streaming to Your TV. Your device’s interface will enable you to have access to favorite streaming videos while sitting on your couch. This with work with any supported device mentioned earlier, including Google TV and so on.
To recap – PlayOn permits users to stream/cast videos to their television from any assortment of devices. Simply turn on the streaming device or game console after installing the FREE App. Just make sure your device is connected to the same wifi network that your personal computer is on.
Next, find the PlayOn Media Server and that’s all there is to it. Click your device name on the left or click ‘next’ to learn about all the devices.
Note: If for some reason you don’t see your device listed, simply click ‘check our website’. A list of the most up-to-date supported devices will appear.
If you already have Chromecast, here’s niffy little feature that should come in handy. Cast a video through your Web Browser or PlayOn PC Desktop to Chromecast and locate any TV show from the ‘Channels’ tab when the app console is open. From there, click the ‘Cast’ icon that sends it to your Chromecast or any device you want to use.
Cast recordings with AdSkip. In order to cast from a web browser, the PlayOn extension must be installed to one of the following browsers:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
Mobile users can download the free PlayOn Mobile App to their device. Install the browser extension by clicking on the settings icon (gear shaped icon). The next step is selecting the ‘Browsers’ tab. By the way, the availability of the free mobile app and is from Blackberry app, Android, and iOS
Note: You must be a PlayOn Plus (pay-to-use) subscriber to stream and/or cast videos.
Record Anything. Users can record any TV shows or movie from the web via stream sites such as HBO Go, Hulu, Neftlix, and many more. And watch with no Internet access, while on a long flight to somewhere, camping trip, or when at a relative’s house.
The app gives you the ability to record any full-length TV series, with a click of a button. Or subscribe and record all your favorite series automatically… immediately when they become available online. This is also beneficial because the DVR recording capacity is not capped.
Now that you know recordings can be stored on your computer’s hard drive, either external or internal, the amount of recordings you can make depends on your free storage space.
Note: I recommend that you purchase an external hard drive for storage. This way you can dedicate the hard drive to nothing but recorded TV shows, movies and related streaming content to one place. You can have as many external drives as you want. Otherwise, you could tap out any free space on your computer’s internal hard drive quickly.
To make clear, PlayOn permits you to setup/record favorite shows automatically with its subscription feature and can automatically record new full-length episodes, in mp4 format, when they become available over the Internet. This gives you the ability to watch whatever you want, when and where you want. It also means you can transfer recordings to your mobile device to take wherever you go.
While conducting my Playon review, I liked how I could record and watch on my television when using the PlayOn DVR. Understand that recordings will stay on your hard drive until you delete them. It was a cinch to transfer recordings to my device for playback offline or when I wanted to stream over my home WiFi network.
AdSkip. Here’s a feature you will no doubt appreciate. When watching a PlayOn recording on your PlayOn PC Desktop, Android, iPhone/iPad, Xbox, Chromecast, or Roku, you can skip commercials automatically, whereas there are no interruptions.
This AdSkip feature allows users to view their favorite TV shows totally ad-free. You don’t need to look for this option, it will present itself once you stream a particular recording to an AdSkip compatible device that was mentioned above. By the way, ads aren’t stripped away; they are simply skipped over automatically when the recorded video plays.
Streaming to your Mobile Device. Users have the ability to stream from their Windows PC, with PlayOn installed, to their mobile device, no matter where they are. This will work over 3G, 4G, LTE, or Wi-Fi. Users can also have their phone remotely tell PlayOn to record a television show, movie, etc.
PlayOnTV Picture Quality
I have to say that one of my concerns about this product was how good is the picture quality. This PC desktop app streams and records in a max HD resolution of 720p, which depends on the quality of the video where it comes from (source). Also, like everything else when watching streaming content over the Internet, the speed of your computer’s CPU has to be taken into consideration. I was very impressed with the picture quality for the content I watched online – PlayOn HD.
PlayOn PC Desktop App – Free Download
You are encouraged to download the free PlayOn TV app when visiting the official PlayOn website. This way you can test the software on your Windows computer, watch free and pay-to-watch TV shows from content providers, check out features, etc. There are many features but to stream/cast channels and record with ADSkip will be disabled. You have to pay to enable those features (see pricing further down). There are other related free apps for your device on Google Play and App Store.
How-To’s That Are Noteworthy
Further PlayOn Review…
How to Stream PlayOn Videos to Smartphone or Tablet…
This can be done with a little configuration. Users can stream videos to their tablet or phone via PlayOn Mobile app, which is available with no additional cost.
In addition to streaming PlayOn videos for on-the-go purposes, users can put in use the PlayOn Mobile app as a PlayOn ‘remote’. The Mobile app is usually easier to maneuver around than the native interface that’s found on a host of devices. The user simply chooses a video on his/her tablet or phone and cast the video directly to his/her television.
How to Add Recordings to Recording Queue Without Sitting at PC…
You might be interested in knowing you can add any video to the recording queue from some devices connected to your television, computer/tablet or phone via PlayOn Mobile App. I recorded videos that were waiting in my recording queue, while away from home.
Once the server is remotely connected from your tablet or phone, you can find the video and click the record button. That’s as easy as it gets! Your recordings will be sitting there when you get home.
Personalize Your TV
Aside from all the features that come with this PC desktop app, you can add and localize all your media (movies, videos, TV shows) and watch from any device, as well as localize music and photos. The Media Library technology helps make this happen – See Image Below…
Free PlayOn Download vs PlayOn Plus – What’s Different?
You already know there is a free-to-use and pay-to-use version that can be downloaded to your Windows PC. Right away, you can watch all your favorite channels that are available with the free version. This also includes Watch Now and streaming your personal media library to almost any connected device on your network.
However, some features like recording with AdSkip, casting and streaming content online to your television or other device, along with the PlayOn extension for your browser will require the Plus upgrade (pay-to-use version).
You might want to become a paid user so you can choose the free Plus Preview channel and scan through all the popular content available. Furthermore, you can cast/stream to your television and record, as well as AdSkip whatever you find in the channel and TV show to record. However, there’s plenty of content to watch in the free version to keep you entertained. Be sure to read the PlayOn Review: Pros and Cons further down.
What I particularly like about the PlayOn free version is it allows you to make a quick decision after a test drive. In other words, decide quickly whether or not upgrade to enable additional features (streaming, casting and recording with AdSkip) for all channels.
Quick Breakdown of Plus Version Features:
- Cast to Your TV – Cast videos to watch via television
- Record Anything. Record shows/movies for traveling and watch later from any device
- Stream to Any Device. Stream to Smart TV, PlayStation, Xbox, Chromecast, Roku, plus more
- Skip the Ads. Record shows and playback ad-free
- Show Subscriptions. Automatically record new episodes and favorites when available online
- Record a Series. Record full-length series with single click
- Have all your streaming media to one place
- Watch on any number of devices
- Free app for mobile users
- Watch thousands of movies, shows and channels on/offline
- Watch, cast, stream and record all your favorites
- Add any video from the web for viewing with PlayMark
- Record videos from the web and watch anytime, anywhere
- Cast to TV and watch by streaming video to TV with Roku, Xbox or Chromecast device
- Personalize by adding your own streaming content from the web
Now that you’ve been informed of all the robust features including benefits, you are probably still wondering how to use PlayOn. No problem! There is a PlayOn User Guide available which you can get access right now when visiting the website or after downloading the free app.
The guide will walk you through all the PlayOn features and steps. If you have any additional questions regarding how to use PlayOn, simply contact the support team.
The guide covers the following, which is very easy to follow and helpful:
- Ways to watch
- Navigation – Getting around
- Media Library
- Creating & Managing Subscriptions and Scheduling
- The PlayOn Browser Extension and PlayMark
- Device Guides
- PlayOn Settings
You can stream/cast any streaming video to any compatible device:
- Fire TV / Fire Stick
Mobile Devices and Tablets:
- iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One
- Wii U
Although the PlayOnTV service says it’s not likely you’ll have any trouble using PlayOn, a dedicated team of tech support professionals is readily available to help — 7 days a week, including most holidays, by email.
Submitting a support ticket is really easy. Just click in the bottom left of the PlayOn PC dashboard and click on the Contact Support button. A form will open — fill out the required information, provide a brief description, and then click Submit. That’s all there is to it. Their support team will be in touch with you shortly to provide assistance.
Something else worth noting. The support team isn’t just there to solve problems. They are also happy to answer questions, so feel free to contact them with questions that are not answered in this PlayOn Review or check their FAQs page. You can contact them right now by visiting their website. Also, There’s a FAQs section you can check out when visiting the website. It may answer some additional questions you might have (see bottom of website when you get there).
PlayOnTV System Requirements
Here are the minimum requirements needed to run PlayOn on your PC. If you wish to stream to your TV, you’ll also need a compatible device like a Roku, Chromecast, game console or other network connected player.
- Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista (not XP OS)
- Windows Internet Explorer 9 or above. Latest version of Internet Explorer available for your OS is desired
- 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
- WiFi Internet connection network
See Additional Requirements…
How Much is Playon Plus Money Back Guarantee?
There have been a few price changes and sometimes a discount in the past. Right now, you can download the PlayOn Plus software for $7.99 per month, $29.00 per year, or $69.99 USD one-time fee with lifetime access. There’s an unconditional 30-day money back guarantee with either purchase. If you find yourself dissatisfied with the PC desktop software, you can email the support team within the 30-day period for a full refund – after making a purchase. There’s also a free download with limited record and cast features. Note: Prices subject to change by merchant.
PlayOn Cloud download is a free mobile app, whereas you only pay $0.99 per video recording to watch offline. See below for more information…
PlayOn Cloud Review: Something New for Mobile Users
PlayOn Cloud is a mobile app that allows you to record and download streaming content such as TV shows and movies. The user can watch it all offline on his/her iPad or iPhone device. The PlayOn Cloud SVR has a streaming video recorder that brings all your favorite movies and shows together. Can also download recordings to any PC to watch TV with a streaming device.
With this app, the user can record a video from Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, Fox, Youtube, and so on. And if commercials get on your nerves, the watch commercial-free feature will surely please. Watch whatever is of interest anytime, anywhere, including offline.
Here’s a quick video review that gives a basic idea what the cloud is like. Keep in mind, there have been some upgrades after the video was made. The app is compatible to both iPad and iPhone now…
To get started, simply visit the PlayOn website to install the app on either iPhone or iPad. Be sure to click the PlayOn Cloud link in the upper right corner of the their website to learn more.
No PC is required to store recordings in the cloud for 30 days. In addition, you can download recordings to any PC or Mac computer with no expiration date. Can choose from 25-100 Cloud Credits at $17.50-$100.00 USD.
PlayOn Review: Pros and Cons
If you are only interested in watching streaming content from free services, such as YouTube and Crackle, there’s nothing else to do other than click to watch what interest you. Update: No more free content from Hulu (go to Yahoo View). The Playon portal is free to download but certain features like record with AdSkip and Casting are disabled. If you want those features enable, you’ll have to pay.
As for streaming content from subscription services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, NBA and MLB networks, and so on, the PlayOn Settings feature makes it easy to sign up to those services from one place. In fact, you can also enter login details if you already have an account with those services.
As for watching local channels without cable, you’ll be off setting up a local OTA TV with an indoor antenna. This is very easy to do yourself. Otherwise you can’t watch channels from local TV stations in your area.
This means there’s no need to surf online to find those websites. Most of the work is already done for you. PlayOn is loaded with many different features, so it will take some time to learn everything. However, it doesn’t take much effort to browse the dashboard and click links to start watching some of the free content.
There are guides available that will explain and help you learn all available features, as well as provide all the steps to execute each feature such as record, cast, stream, etc.
Downloading/installing the software to your Windows computer is easy to do. Unfortunately, there is no Linux nor Mac version available but it was said a Mac version will be coming out in the near future.
If you like the idea of having many of your favorite video-on-demand content including live content in one place to watch online, then the PlayOn software doesn’t disappoint – whereas you can record and watch offline as well.
The record feature is like having a DVR but only better. You can record unlimited content and watch ad-free, without the cost. In some cases, you will need to join a streaming service provider to watch certain content online. However, this is an option and you can budget yourself when it comes to paying for what really interest you.
If you like the quick accessibility and organization of different apps that appear on smart TVs and streaming media devices, then you’ll like having the same thing when using PlayOn on your PC. The ease-of-use, fast/smooth interface, feature and streamlining are second to none.
Is Playon Worth It?
By now, you should have a good understanding after reading the PlayOn Review which gave a complete breakdown of what PlayOn TV really offers… the benefits and features, including pros and cons. In all likelihood, you will be very satisfied when using this PC desktop app to watch, streaming, cast and record content on your computer, among other things.
Remember, you don’t have to buy – just use the free version if you like. You can install the PlayOn software on your Windows computer and connect to any large screen TV via streaming media device. This way you can watch all the free content in a larger view.
Even if you don’t have a streaming device on your television, you could connect your computer to TV via HDMI cable or cable that’s compatible and watch everything from the PC desktop software that way.
Not enough can be said about a service that offers a free software version to test on your machine and to see how well it works. If you have any concerns or reluctant to give it a try, I encourage you to take a closer look and download the free app.
In my PlayOn Review, I revealed many things including the downsides and upsides. The only way this product doesn’t work for you:
- If having access to streaming content in one place isn’t needed
- If you don’t like having a fully loaded platform to watch all your favorite TV shows, news, movies, videos, and live shows online
- You live outside the US and channels from streaming content providers are blocked in your country. If the latter occurs, you may want to consider a DNS service, like AdFreetime Region Unlock
There is no malware or virus to be concern about when downloading/installing PlayOn. However, this doesn’t mean security software isn’t needed on your PC when messing around online. I downloaded the software sometime ago and was pleased with the technology and ability to do many things.
Lastly, the 30-day money back guarantee is your safety-net. In the event you decide to buy the PlayOn software and become dissatisfied in the end, which I doubt, you can request a full refund by contacting support. Give it a try and see for yourself!
This concludes our exclusive PlayOn Review
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NOTE: Free version does not include Cast and Record features
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