updated 02:00 am EDT, Thu September 30, 2010
Streams Hulu, PBS, Netflix, more over wifi or 3G
After months of rejection from Apple, forcing the company to create a web-based HTML5 application to accommodate iPhone fans, the subscription internet TV service PlayOn has finally won approval for a native app and debuted on the App Store Wednesday.
The free software connects subscribers to content from Hulu, Netflix, ESPN, Comedy Central and a host of other cable channels, along with Pandora streaming music. The native version now supports streaming over either wi-fi or 3G.
The service requires a yearly subscription to work, with plans starting at $40/year (or a one-time "lifetime" payment of $80). There is a 14-day free trial, and a free basic service that only supports Pandora music streaming (as well as content from the user's own hard drive). The iPhone app works with any iOS device capable of running iOS 3.0 or higher.