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PlayOn TV app for iPhone finally gets approval

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.




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  1. nitewing98

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    How long is "lifetime" when it comes to tech?

    I'm assuming that that PlayOn has the rights to replay Hulu and other content. As fast as things change in the world of technology, "lifetime" could end up being 6 months.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Big "but..."

    You have to have a PC to stream your media to the iPhone/iTouch/iPad. A Windows PC is required to collect the programs that will be streamed to your device. There is no Mac support nor mention of future support.

    That seems like such a 1990's mentality.

    /

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Remember Simplify Music

    Simplify Music was good while it lasted.. I bought the app, and then paid for the NEW version (total of $15 or so). THEN the complany decides it doesn't want to do this anymore... and stops. La dee da... we have all your money, and you have a useless app.

    Ha Ha (Sayeth Nelson)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: Remember Simplify Music

    Simplify Music was good while it lasted.. I bought the app, and then paid for the NEW version (total of $15 or so).

    OMG! You spent that much money? That seems criminally high. I mean for what? So you can access your iTunes library from anywhere over the internet? Bah! Anyone can do that.

    Oh, wait, nobody seems to do that. Wonder why that is...

    THEN the complany decides it doesn't want to do this anymore... and stops. La dee da... we have all your money, and you have a useless app.

    Yeah, they just decided they didn't want to do it. I'm sure it wasn't that the business was losing money. h***, they got your whole 15 dollars! How could they be losing money.

    And even if it were losing money, they should be just running it for life for free (well, sort of free, I mean, they got your 15 dollars, but then if you never upgrade again, that comes to just a dollar a month for a year, and then less as time goes on). Who cares how much they have to sink into it.

    It's like iTools. Apple was losing money on it, but they said "We don't care. We have this free service and so we're going to keep it free in perpetuity!".

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