A PlayOn Alternative? - streaming Hulu et al to 360

MannishBoy wrote:
Teneman wrote:

Edit: In fact, even better than running more fiber would have been to run conduit, which I've counseled a buddy or two to do since. It's more expensive, but it's the ultimate in future proofing an area you don't expect to have easy access to down the road.

I don't plan to own this house long enough for fiber to matter here. I've thought about actually going the siamese cable route. Something like this. They make siamese stuff with fiber in the bundle, too.

I looked at that stuff when I did my house. My two concerns were price and the unwieldy nature of the wire. If I recall correctly the bundled wire was actually more expensive than the separate strands at the time. I was also really worried that it would be much, much more difficult working with the thicker bundled wire than the individual strands. Of course, that may have been an after effect of recently having pulled a strand of 4 gauge wire to run my electrical sub panel. Good Lord that stuff was a pain in the arse to work with.

My poor thread! Its ok, I hope the derail can help some folks, and do continue. Pardon the on-track post here...

Teneman wrote:

My understanding is that current license owners do not need to go the subscription route at all. They're pushing to get them there of course, with discounted first year rates and such, but I distinctly remember the email claiming that I did not actually have to do anything or pay anything more.

That does appear to be the case, based on this page: http://www.playon.tv/purchase

PlayOn wrote:

Until May 19th at midnight, you can buy a lifetime license for PlayOn Basic for just $19.99 (regularly $39.99). PlayOn Basic will be supported for the life of the product and will not require a subscription

I still dont trust them not to change the deal, but $20 is worth being able to watch Hulu on the big screen for a while.

ARISE!

I'm looking into PlayOn now, and it seems that it still has a lifetime subscription option in addition to the monthly plans. Personally I can't see why anyone would ever pay month-to-month when $60 gets you the service forever..... I'm trialing it now - hopefully it is what it says it is.

AndrewA wrote:

ARISE!

I'm looking into PlayOn now, and it seems that it still has a lifetime subscription option in addition to the monthly plans. Personally I can't see why anyone would ever pay month-to-month when $60 gets you the service forever..... I'm trialing it now - hopefully it is what it says it is.

How's that working out for you Andrew? My parents are looking into getting a PlayOn. Although, one of their motivations is to get sports without cable/satellite, and from my understanding you'd still need some kind of additional subscriptions to access any of the sports content like ESPN or NFL.com

My wife and I have been using this since I posted back in October, and have cancelled our Cable subscription because PlayOn+Netflix satisfies our TV needs perfectly.

Regarding live sports (or any non-free content): you'll have to pay for a subscription to whatever service you'd like, but then PlayOn will aggregate that content into its UI, and allow you to access it pretty seamlessly.

Basically, PlayOn is a lot like an RSS Reader - it will draw from all of the free content out on the web AND any non-free content that you buy and present it in a coherent UI. If that free content includes ads (like shows on the major networks like CBC, Fox, etc) then you have to watch those ads.... if not, no ads. It also is constrained by how long the content providers choose to keep their shows online - CBC retains the last 4 episodes in the current season - that's fine for my needs... but maybe not for yours. They DO have a feature called PlayLater which allows you to record shows, so if you're proactive you can get around this restriction.