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Record Online Video Without a Computer Using PlayOn Cloud

playoncloud1MediaMall, the company behind the various PlayOn products, has been producing innovative ways to access online media for years. We first took note of them when they released PlayOn as a media server that would distribute online streaming services to other devices on your network using DLNA. Then they expanded their product lineup with a service called PlayOn Plus. It allows users to download online video for offline playback. You could even use it like a DVR to record new episodes of shows as they appear on services like Hulu. They are back with another step forward: PlayOn Cloud.

PlayOn Cloud expands on the idea of PlayOn Plus, but removes the requirement of having an always-on computer. You can still use it to schedule recordings of your favorite online movies and television shows, but instead of being stored on your computer they are stored in PlayOn’s cloud.

Currently PlayOn Cloud is an iOS app that runs on iPhones, iPads, and IPod Touch devices. They have plans to release an Android version soon. The app itself is free, but you have to pay for each recording. Doing so is as simple as $0.99 in-app purchase.

You can schedule shows you like to automatically be recorded as they become available. Once you’ve recorded something it can be easily downloaded to your device for offline playback. So if you have a long flight coming up you can easily record a few TV shows and sync them to your iPad ahead of time.

While this functionality sounds an awful lot like today’s Netflix announcement, the major difference is that PlayOn supports dozens of video sources including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and HBO. If you want to try it out for yourself, head on over to the App Store and install it. We’d love to hear how it works out for you!

Source: PlayOn Blog


About the author

Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.