People are getting more and more of their video content from the web, but as we move away from cable and satellite TV, we still want a good central hub that can bring all our different viewing choices together. Popping all over the Internet to see what’s on can get old.
PlayOn is a media server service that collects video from a wide range of sources like YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and ESPN and serves them up to you in one place. Now, if it’s a paid service like Netflix or Hulu Plus, you still have to have a membership there, but PlayOn will work as a central location, making each service more like a regular TV channel. It’s available through a PC, PS3, Xbox 360, or through iPhone or iPad with their app.
PlayOn has been around for a while, but today they’re rolling out something new, a virtual DVR to accompany their service called PlayLater. PlayLater will record anything on any of the PlayOn channels and save it for your later viewing, including serving it to an iOS device with the PlayOn app. PlayLater’s closed beta begins today, and if you want to be in the first group of 5,000 users, just hit the download here. When the beta ends, the service will cost $4.99 per month, or $49.99 per year, but beta users will receive a free month.
Do services like PlayOn and PlayLater, tempt you to cut the cable and go all web for your video entertainment? Or have you already done that? Let us know what you think and how it’s going in the comments.