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PlayOn Review: Is This Streaming DVR Great for Recording Netflix for Offline Viewing?

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PlayOn ReviewWhat is PlayOn

PlayOn allows you to enjoy your favorite TV Shows, and Movies from websites such as Netflix, Hulu (Including “Web Only” Content), YouTube and more; whenever or wherever you wont. No internet, no problem – you can still watch your recorded shows.

If you are looking for a Cable TV Alternative – PlayOn may just be the answer you have been searching for.

In addition to Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, PlayOn subscribers get access to sports content from ESPN, NHL.com, MLB.tv, ESPN3.com and NFL Rewind. You also get access to CBS, Comedy Central, TV.com, TBS, Oprah Winfrey, SyFy Rewind, Adult Swim, Spike TV, CNN, Fox News, PBS, PBS Kids, Nick, Cartoon Network, Amazon VOD, Youtube, MTV, BET, VEVO, and Pandora (PlayOn Music). Then there are the dozens of great channels available from third-party PlayOn plugins sites like: Crackle, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, and many International Channels.

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5 Simple Steps: No technical knowledge is required

  1. Click here to Buy with a 30 day Money Back Guarantee
  2. Download and Install PlayOn
  3. For subscription services, go to Settings and enter your credentials
  4. Click the PlayOn icon on your game console, media player or mobile device
  5. Enjoy total content freedom on your TV

Will PlayOn Record Sling TV?

At this time you are not able to record Sling TV (with the exception of ESPN) using PlayOn. The issue relates to if the channels allow you to login, using Sling TV credentials….
What is Sling TV

Soon Sling TV will open up their Streaming DVR functionality however, so PlayOn will not be necessary for this service.

PlayOn the Xbox

PlayOn the PS3

Minimum Requirements: * PC running Windows OS, * 512 MB RAM, * 100MB of available hard drive space for the install, * A networked PS3, Xbox 360, Wii or DLNA compliant device

How much does PlayOn Cost?

PlayOn has an amazing price point. For only $2.50 per month, or a one time fee of $69.99 (for life), you can watch your favorite movies and shows, whenever or wherever you want.

You can also automatically skip commercials, and PlayOn’s DVR recordings never expire.

Video Streaming Tips: 

  • Use a wired connection for more consistent speed. Wireless connection speeds can vary based on the device, transfer speed and interference
  • Make sure no other bandwidth intensive applications are running elsewhere on the network (i.e. video games, file sharing, Skype)

I really like PlayOn because it’s an easy way to see the shows I want when I want, and I don’t have to pay for cable.

“38% of PlayOn’s customers have canceled their cable and just stream everything for a fraction of the cost.” …Unknown publisher


What’s Next? Learn how to Record Online TV Channels so you can Watch them Without an Internet Connection

15 replies on “PlayOn Review: Is This Streaming DVR Great for Recording Netflix for Offline Viewing?”

Hi Leslie – so sorry i just now saw this comment. Not sure how this got missed. Did you end up getting answers to your questions?

Thanks for the great website Dave. I'm trying to figure out how PayOn and PlayLater work for multiple devices simultaneously. For example, can my son watch something using PlayOn or Playlater via his Xbox 360>TV at the same time I can watch something using PlayOn or Playlater via a Chromecast>TV at the same time my husband can watch something via a Wii>TV? I'm just trying to figure out how this could all work on a weekend under the worst case scenario when everyone is off so I don't have to listen to them gripe when they can't watch what they want. LOL

Really they did not work for you? Just tested them and they work fine for me.

hey killthecablebill, you should add [link removed] and [link removed] for user reference. without these websites, i would have never downloaded playon and, in the end, killed my cable bill 😀

Thanks so much for sharing these pages with us! What else can you tell us about how to use these sites to better our Playon experience?
I know my readers would love to hear more details about the setup that helped you KilltheCableBill!!

What can you tell us about playon scripts? Are they legal? How do they work? What do you get by downloading these scripts? Thanks for your help Vegetto! Really appreciate the tips.

Can I hook it up with a Wifi Bluray and/or Wifi HDTV instead of a networked PS3, Xbox 360, Wii or DLNA compliant device? I’m also tired of the non-sense cable/sat bills. I heard you can set up a Tivo HD DVR for $12/mo and Netlix for $8.99/mo, but you have to buy a digital antenna for about $100 (one time fee) and you’re all set.
Thanks for the interesting info ;o))

Hi Hayju

There are a lot of new devices coming out that support Playon, but I would check with your specific Blu-ray and TV to see if they are compatible. Most devices that dont support Playon – do support Netflix and Hulu – so i would look into those as well.

Concerning the Indoor Antenna, you dont have to pay $100 for a quality device. Read my article “HD Without Cable – Using a Simple Indoor Antenna” https://www.killthecablebill.com/hd-without-cable/ to learn more about this option.

I also have a great piece written by my friend Chris Sully of JumpstartMyPC.com called “Dumping DirectTV for Tivo” https://www.killthecablebill.com/finding-a-cable-alternative/
This article goes through exactly how to use Tivo to replace a standard cable tv bill.

One final article you should read is “How to Cancel Cable & Keep your Favorite TV Shows” https://www.killthecablebill.com/how-to-cancel-cable/
This will give you a good overview of how you can Cancel Cable and still watch all your Favorite TV Shows, at a fraction of the cost, and on your TV in HD.

Good luck and please check back in and let me know how things go.

Hi Hayju

There are a lot of new devices coming out that support Playon, but I would check with your specific Blu-ray and TV to see if they are compatible. Most devices that dont support Playon – do support Netflix and Hulu – so i would look into those as well.

Concerning the Indoor Antenna, you dont have to pay $100 for a quality device. Read my article “HD Without Cable – Using a Simple Indoor Antenna” https://www.killthecablebill.com/hd-without-cable/ to learn more about this option.

I also have a great piece written by my friend Chris Sully of JumpstartMyPC.com called “Dumping DirectTV for Tivo” https://www.killthecablebill.com/finding-a-cable-alternative/
This article goes through exactly how to use Tivo to replace a standard cable tv bill.

One final article you should read is “How to Cancel Cable & Keep your Favorite TV Shows” https://www.killthecablebill.com/how-to-cancel-cable/
This will give you a good overview of how you can Cancel Cable and still watch all your Favorite TV Shows, at a fraction of the cost, and on your TV in HD.

Good luck and please check back in and let me know how things go.

Downloaded it and I am sold. Got all my online stations on my TV – via my PS3. Bye Bye Cable. Think i will take a trip to Hawaii with all the money I am going to save this year.

Awesome! Hawaii sounds like a great Idea. I too have save thousands over the last few years by using the tips and tools i discuss on this site. Mahalo

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