PlayOn, an iOS app for the iPhone, has gained a major update and now allows media streaming over WiFi and 3G. This includes playon content like Hulu, Netflix, Comedy Central, and MTV. It is now available for the iPad.
The system requires a computer running the PlayOn server. Once outside of the home, the server sends content over the air in HTML5 format, allowing you to watch almost anything anywhere.
The service costs $39.99 for the first year and then $19.99. I suspect the lifetime subscription of $79 is a bit of overkill, however, considering most services will be HTML5 compatible in the next year.
PlayOn Releases Update for iPad Compatibility
Hulu, Netflix and Much More Now Available via 3G and Wi-Fi On Your iPad with PlayOn
SEATTLE – September 14, 2010
MediaMall Technologies, Inc. today announced a free software update for PlayOn™ Premium that enables media streaming to the iPad using HTML5 and Safari over 3G or Wi-Fi. Adding to the previous software release for iPhone and iPod touch support, the latest update allows iPad users to access the PlayOn media server software for optimized viewing of personal media files and the service’s full library of online video content including Hulu, Netflix, Comedy Central, CBS, MTV, TV.com, PBS, SpikeTV, and The Ultimate Fighter, among others. After initially pairing the iOS device to the networked PC, users may then take the device outside of the network and stream media anywhere there is a Wi-Fi or 3G connection.
Existing PlayOn Premium subscribers will have the ability to download the update to their PC and begin streaming videos immediately to their iPad. Customers new to the PlayOn experience can try the service free for 14 days, after which a subscription will be required for only $39.99 for the first year and $19.99 for each year thereafter. A lifetime license may also be purchased for a one-time payment of $79.99. PlayOn Basic customers will be required to upgrade to Premium to take advantage of the new feature.
“The initial release of PlayOn for the iPhone and iPod touch was very well-received by consumers and existing PlayOn users, so full support for the iPad is a natural progression for us,” said Jeff Lawrence, CEO of MediaMall Technologies. “Now that we’ve enabled all Apple iOS devices to stream everything that PlayOn has to offer in and outside of their home network, we plan to keep charging forward and work to support additional mobile platforms so that PlayOn users can access their favorite shows, movies and music anytime and from anywhere.”