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PlayOn Released on Android, Stream Hulu and Netflix on the Go

PlayOn finally introduced an Android app which means that the hundreds of thousands of us wanting Hulu in a legitimate fashion can now sleep easier at night.  For those of you new to PlayOn, just know that it’s a paid subscription software that goes onto your PC, but allows you to stream Hulu, Netflix, and almost any other video site to a variety of wireless media devices like an XBOX360 or PS3.  The fact that it now does Android though, is monumental.  App is free, subscriptions start at around $39.99 per year, I believe.

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Android Gets PlayOn Support and More Video Content Streaming Than Ever Before

Seattle – February 17, 2011 – After months of Beta testing, MediaMall Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has officially launched support for Android devices. The free software update and free PlayOn™ Mobile app for Android 2.2 and higher are now available to PlayOn Premium customers, enabling users to stream online video and personal media with Adobe Flash technology from a networked PC to Android mobile devices over 3G or Wi-Fi. PlayOn’s media library contains video content from providers including Hulu (ABC, NBC, Fox, etc.), Amazon VOD, Netflix IQ, TBS, CBS, PBS, the Oprah Winfrey Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, ESPN3, NFL Rewind, MLB, MTV, VH1, Syfy, Spike, TV.com, The Ultimate Fighter and others.

“We’re pleased to add Android to our ever-growing list of compatible devices for streaming online video content,” states Jeff Lawrence, CEO of MediaMall Technologies. “Our goal is to make it easy for everyone to affordably access online video content using the screen of their choice. With support for Xbox 360, PlayStation3, Wii, Google TV, Roku, iOS, and now Android, among a multitude of other DLNA-compliant devices, PlayOn offers the most affordable one-stop solution for accessing online video content on your living room TV and mobile device.”

Existing PlayOn Premium customers may download the PlayOn Mobile app for free from the Android Marketplace. Those new to PlayOn can try it out free for 14 days, after which PlayOn and its full library of content, including updates for new channels and supported devices, can be purchased for $39.99 for the first year and $19.99 for each year thereafter.

PlayOn Premium customers with Android 2.2+ need just to download the PlayOn Mobile app from the Android Marketplace and initially pair the device over the local Wi-Fi network with the PlayOn media server. The device may then be used to stream online video and personal media content over 3G or Wi-Fi anywhere in the world where you can get a signal. In addition to Android, PlayOn also currently features mobile support for iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

For a full list of content providers and supported hardware platforms, and to try PlayOn for free, please visit: http://www.PlayOn.tv.

Cheers Pepe and Jason!

  • Atti_clearw

    only works on wifi, doesn’t work on 3G, netflix doesn’t work at all. What is going on? What am’I doing wrong?

  • Gnostic

    I have been using this app for a couple weeks now and just paid for a year sub. I am totally impressed by the abilities of the software. It does a number on your battery and the pc does chug pretty hard keeping it going. Small adjustments to the settings on the server can help reduce the pull, but all in all very much worth it.

  • Anonymous

    Just got an email from PlayOn with a promotion price: $30 for one year.

  • Anonymous

    Just got an email from PlayOn with a promotion price: $30 for one year.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DCDIECMEQZGWIZZNP7PPYQMYQA James J

    I have been using Playon for years, and have been very impressed with their releases. Their Xbox integration is absolutely amazing. Once i heard word of the mobile app, I was very interested. I ended up downloading the app and tried it out. I am a DISH Network employee/subscriber, and have decided to stay with DISH’s Remote Access app. With the DISH app I can stream live TV, on demand content, and all of my DVR recordings! There is no comparable app on the market yet, but I do have high hopes for Playon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DCDIECMEQZGWIZZNP7PPYQMYQA James J

    I have been using Playon for years, and have been very impressed with their releases. Their Xbox integration is absolutely amazing. Once i heard word of the mobile app, I was very interested. I ended up downloading the app and tried it out. I am a DISH Network employee/subscriber, and have decided to stay with DISH’s Remote Access app. With the DISH app I can stream live TV, on demand content, and all of my DVR recordings! There is no comparable app on the market yet, but I do have high hopes for Playon.

  • Heathcliff

    I have a PS3 and already have a subscription to Netflix and Hulu plus. If I get PlayOn, does it work around subscriptions so that you don’t pay monthly fees to Hulu/Netflix, and how long would Netflix/Hulu tolerate the bootlegging? I’m Confused how Netflix /Hulu allows this?

  • http://twitter.com/djstarion Francisco Rodriguez

    I just find it funny that they need Froyo, yet when they have an Android device pictured , it’s an Eris.

  • Anonymous

    Hulu plus is $8 a month x 12 is $96, yearly. PlayonTV is $80 lifetime. So even if you only get to use playontv for a year you’ll recoup your money. I have no idea if Netflix will start charging for mobile access in the future, but this pretty much has netflix nailed down.

    PLayonTV lifetime breaks out to less than $8 a month ($79 for lifetime) for the first year, and free for life on all my devices thereafter. (or simply $80 bucks for life).

    Based on those numbers, I bought playontv within 10 minutes of checking out their website. Regardless of what happens, that was money well invested considering I’ve installed it on my WHS, and I’m streaming my own movies, and music to my phone in addition to all of its benefits.

  • Finire

    I’ve never used PlayOn before seeing this posting, but I figured I would give them a try. So I set up my home PC with the PlayOn application, and set the android version up on my Incredible. After connecting them initially over the network I was able to watch movies, tv shows, and any media I wanted to share with myself on the computer.

    My next thought was, well great… This works perfectly on my wifi, but what about when I turn that off and use it purely off of 3G. The buffering took 1 to 2 seconds more than it did while I was on wifi, but it played the videos beautifully on my phone. While I have now come to love PlayOn, I’m wondering if it’ll be worth buying the life-time subscription as netflix and hulu will both be coming out with applications to do the same thing, and they probably sue the crap out of PlayOn and there parent companies…

    • Anonymous

      Hulu plus is $8 a month x 12 is $96, yearly. PlayonTV is $80 lifetime. So even if you only get to use playontv for a year you’ll recoup your money. I have no idea if Netflix will start charging for mobile access in the future, but this pretty much has netflix nailed down.

      PLayonTV lifetime breaks out to less than $8 a month ($79 for lifetime) for the first year, and free for life on all my devices thereafter. (or simply $80 bucks for life).

      Based on those numbers, I bought playontv within 10 minutes of checking out their website. Regardless of what happens,

  • Anonymous

    I dunno… having to have a networked PC in the mix hardly says “on the go” to me….

    • Padrick77

      This works because it uses your computer to stream the content therefore bypassing all the blocks hulu and others put in place to prevent mobile streaming. And honestly how many people that have a smartphone do not have a computer at home connected to the internet.

  • http://twitter.com/bigtexatx Bigtex ATX

    I’ve actually been a Playon user for years. Bought their super lifetime package a long while ago. The streaming has been in beta testing and since they have it use flash it’s quite awesome.

    Playon does more than just stream to your phone. You can include your full local library, stream to modded xboxes, xbox 360/ps3/wii, roku and other systems. On top of this with a couple work arounds you can also access your library on any Windows OSX computer. While this wouldn’t be useful for when you’re at home it is quite useful if you’re out. I really like having my entire home library of videos available to me whenever I want.

    I sound like a sales pitch… but really for people with vast local media libraries that use public transit or travel often it’s pretty nice.

    • Tsauer78

      I agree. I’ve been a PlayOn member since the beginning and have used it daily to either watch online content or watch my movies stored on my external hard drives. It had completely replaced my cable service.

      • Hoot352

        What was the lifetime membership, and is it still available?

    • Hoot352

      I’ve got alot of DVD’s and TV series, I’d like to convert them onto an external hard that I can take with me or use a program such as playon to have them available to me where ever I go. What’s the best way to convert DVD’s for these purposes?

      • iTpHo3NiX

        I suggest using a free program called AutoGK to transcode the vob (files off of a dvd) into avi files. In order to get the vob files, use a program like DVDDecrypter to accomplish that.

    • Anonymous

      You nailed it. I bought the lifetime…

    • http://twitter.com/GratefulRoast Grateful Roast

      I used PlayOn while it was in Beta as well … before your Wii would stream Netflix. Once they released the official Netflix feature with Wii, I stopped using it. PlayOn then announced they were coming out of Beta so they offered us a lifetime license for $20.00 .. I went ahead and purchased it, but I haven’t used it since. Kinda glad I did when I did.

    • iTpHo3NiX

      I couldn’t agree more. I just set it up on my phone and computer and my vast library of movies and tv shows a long with my netflix and the variety of other channels available, this is simply awesome definatly worth the $80, however I’m going to go with the $40 for the year and see how it does in the future before putting the first $80. But if it continues working with my current media library, then I think its worth it. I can even let my friends and family sync their droids to my wifi and they can enjoy the same great features (well except for those on the ally :P and non 2.2+ devices :P )

  • Anonymous

    How does it play on the phones?

    Droid 1 here.

    • solTech

      Yes, it does work. And quite well. I have run it on my original Droid phone, and on the Galaxy Tab!! Next up is to try it over 3G.

      • Anonymous

        Overclock Or stock?

        • solTech

          Stock. Tried it on 3G, streaming Netflix, and the video was a bit choppy but watchable on the Tab. I’m satisfied.

      • Anonymous

        Overclock Or stock?

    • solTech

      Yes, it does work. And quite well. I have run it on my original Droid phone, and on the Galaxy Tab!! Next up is to try it over 3G.

    • Anonymous

      Tried it on my stock clock rate Droid 1. Seems to works well both wifi and 3G. None of the chopiness with non optimized flash video that I always see using the flash player when browsing.

      :)

  • Pcguru30

    ok for those of us reading this at work, how does this work over 3G? Specifically how can it find your home playon server over the internet?

  • Pcguru30

    ok for those of us reading this at work, how does this work over 3G? Specifically how can it find your home playon server over the internet?

    • Padrick77

      You have to set it up on wifi first then it knows the address of your computer by setting up the router for mobile access. It works well over 3G just takes a min to get the stream up and running.

      Also this works well for Google TV if anyone has it I have been using it to watch hulu and every other online channel on it since the start.

  • Buckgrad

    Already feeding Netflix’ bank while waiting for the Android app (IF the Droid X ever sees it), so I’ll pass on this one. I’m sure Netflix will find a way to stop their feed at some point.

  • Ace Thruster

    Alright, it’s loaded up. Can see and access a lot of content, but it’s very choppy. I’m working with the settings now. Don’t know if its my phone or my desktop.

    • iTpHo3NiX

      Must be your desktop… Works fine without chopiness and buffering. But many variables determine your quality. 1. You need a fast computer that can transcode on the fly. I use PS3 Media Server for my PS3 so I’m use to this. Also you need a fast internet connection. At least a 1.5-2mb/s download speed is optimal for this. I have the basic comcast package and it works great. Then it also depends on your phones data connection. Over wifi, shouldn’t have a problem unless you have a really crappy home connection and computer. Then there is also if you have a good 3g connection as well.

      But overall a REALLY great application!

  • Tsauer78

    Finally !!! I’ve been using PlayOn as my main media source since it came out. Works flawlessly for me on PS3 and my Sony BR player. Now I have it to go too!! Sweet!!!

  • Anonymous

    Finally! I can stream my 2TB movie library to my phone!!!!11!11!1

    • Eric

      thats not a lot if they are in blue-ray format.

      • Anonymous

        it can fit 55 avatars, which is a real long movie, so realistically more blu ray movies than that. Plus I don’t have very much bluray since I have a lot of TV shows

        I have about 60 movies (a few in blu ray) and hundreds (over a thousand?) of TV show episodes

      • Anonymous

        it can fit 55 avatars, which is a real long movie, so realistically more blu ray movies than that. Plus I don’t have very much bluray since I have a lot of TV shows

        I have about 60 movies (a few in blu ray) and hundreds (over a thousand?) of TV show episodes

      • DickyDarko

        what? blu-ray movies are typically about 20gb so that is like 100 movies.

  • Madog55

    not sure what to say about this. I think this will do until netflix does its own app.

  • Madog55

    not sure what to say about this. I think this will do until netflix does its own app.

  • Anonymous

    It is $39.99 for the first year and $19.99 for each year thereafter. Alternatively you pay $80 for a lifetime subscription. It doesn’t seem bad especially since you can also use it with a PS3 or XBOX360.

    • Anonymous

      Except that PS3 & Xbox have Netflix streaming. PS3 also has Hulu & Vudu. Not sure about Xbox,

      • Anonymous

        It’s basically free for the other platforms, so there’s nothing to complain about. In any case you do get the other video sources as well like Amazon VOD, ESPN3, MLB.tv, MTV TBS…

        XBOX only has Netflix, no Hulu or Vudu.

        • Anonymous

          No complaint here. It just sounded like you were going to pay the extra money to watch neflix on PS3 or Xbox.

      • technologeek

        Correction, PS3 has Hulu Plus (subscription based).

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    But does it actually work? And streams Netflix/Hulu to my Droid X as smooth/clear as possible?

    • Anonymous

      The answer is yes it works, the video is clear (wifi) and its pretty darn awesome. try it for 14 days. what do you have to lose?

  • Pope Wilson

    I got the lifetime license for like $20.00 last April… so this is a sweet development.

  • Pope Wilson

    I got the lifetime license for like $20.00 last April… so this is a sweet development.

  • http://twitter.com/MrBouche MrBouche

    $40? I’d rather feed that to my kindle account.

  • Ace Thruster

    Uhhh… I’m sorry… All I’m hearing is Netflix, Hulu, plus more on my DROID (Or any other phone I get in the near future)

    I think the $80 lifetime license seems cheap when you think about that. I’m downloading now.

  • DigitalEnforcer

    Now wait a second… I don’t have Cable right now because it’s freakin expensive every month. So this thing will allow me to watch Up-to-Date shows on my Xbox 360? I’ve got Netflix, but it sure doesn’t have all the new shows. This is actually a Great deal. Only $39.99 a year?!

    • Movieaddct

      it streams my 2 tb library of tv shows and movies nicely and even 720 blurays with very little buffering and the hulu and netflix is a nice bonus. PLUS there having a deal now where its 19.99 a year for playon….loving this app

  • Anonymous

    Meh. I can wait for the official netflix app

    • Anonymous

      have fun?

    • Anonymous

      have fun?

  • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

    Yikes. An extra 39.99 per year plus what I’m already spending on Netflix? That’s a little steep for me.

  • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

    Yikes. An extra 39.99 per year plus what I’m already spending on Netflix? That’s a little steep for me.

    • Budcar38

      Second

      • DroidzFX

        Been waiting for this!! You can buy PlayOn lifetime license for like 60$ or at least you use to.

    • Budcar38

      Second

    • http://twitter.com/JBod Justin

      Plus xbox live gold sub, if you have one. No thanks. I’ll pass.

      • Anonymous

        Nowhere on Playon.tv does it mention a gold sub requirement for Live, where did you find it?

        • RonsterWVU

          I think he was just saying, if you have an xbox live with the gold sub. the price just keeps adding up. Along the same lines as paying for Netflix, and then PlayOn.

    • Anonymous

      lifetime subscription is $70. Plus its less than $3.99 a month if you go with the annual sub model, bet you blow a ton more on that on apps you’ll stop using in a month.

      I just bought the lifetime, and installed it on my WHS with all my media. This thing rocks.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POT5ZT7JO64U366KACB5X7KSKI Bank Akinmola

      If you’re doing it JUST for Netflix then yea, it’s expensive. But look at the full list of streaming content you can get! For people w/ tablets, that’s pretty much a basic cable line up on the go. And tablets like the Xoom have hdmi out for streaming strait to your flatscreen… For some people, this is a cheaper alternative to expensive cable/satellite bundles. Throw in 4G connectivity, and now it’s even easier for mobile consumers to take control of how they enjoy their media.

      This app does make more sense for smartphones and tablets than consoles though… Unless people really do start cancelling cable contracts for less expensive internet alternatives. That $39 p/yr breaks down to just an extra $3.75 p/mth. And after the first year, that goes down to $1.67 p/mth. That’s not bad.