PlayOn Mobile - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

PlayOn Mobile

CNET Editors' note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.

CNET Editors' review

Apple really is making good on its promise to ease the restrictions that previously plagued developers such as PlayOn. The service initially had to rely on Safari power to bring its video-streaming goodness to iPhone and iPod Touch owners, but now there's an official, approved PlayOn Mobile app.

As someone who loves TV, we really wanted to like it. But PlayOn Mobile suffers from the same irksome (and in some cases inexplicable) limitations as its browser-based counterpart.

In case you're not familiar with it, PlayOn is an Internet-TV service that slings shows from your Windows PC to your game console, various media center boxes, and--now--your iPhone or iPod Touch. It's kind of like Roku, with your PC filling the role of "the box."

However, PlayOn offers a more compelling mix of channels than Roku, including Netflix, Hulu (the free, nonpremium version), Amazon VOD, CBS, Comedy Central, ESPN.com and ESPN3, PBS Kids, CNN, and MLB.tv (which requires a subscription).

That's an impressive lineup, though somewhat less so now that Hulu and Netflix have standalone apps (each with dramatically better interfaces). On the other hand, Hulu's app works solely with Hulu Plus, the $9.99 a month subscription service, whereas PlayOn serves up all of Hulu's free content.

Speaking of money, the iOS app is free, but the PlayOn service costs $39.99 for the first year and $19.99 annually after that. You can also buy a lifetime subscription for $79.99--less than you'd pay for a single year of Hulu Plus.

Now for the bad news. The console versions of PlayOn have long been plagued by a poor interface, and we're sad to say the app version is no different. For starters, the only way to access content is to drill down through extensive menus. There's no search option, which we find inexcusable.

Almost as annoying: There's no favorites option. That means that whenever we want to watch, say, "The Daily Show," I have to tap my way through four menus. And the FX series "Justified" lies seven menus deep in Hulu (which, incidentally, sorts TV shows alphabetically and only alphabetically--there's no other way to browse the library).

PlayOn lacks a scrub bar, meaning you can't skip back or ahead (though there is a 30-second rewind button). That's a fairly significant problem because the app has no autoresume function. If you're midway through a movie or TV show and you exit the app, good luck trying to return to where you left off. There's not even a countdown timer so you know how far along you were or how much you have left to watch.

The app runs on iPads, but not in HD. Curiously, the browser-based HTML5 version of PlayOn is actually better, as it shows little thumbnail icons for each channel--something the app doesn't do.

On top of all that, PlayOn requires you to leave your computer running 24-7. That's something of a hassle, and a waste of energy to boot, but it's probably the reason you're paying 20 bucks per year instead of per month.

On our iPhone 3GS, videos looked very sharp overall, though audio volume was sometimes weak. Our only real performance complaint was the often-lengthy delay before a selected video started playing.

Make no mistake: PlayOn Mobile delivers more mobile video than just about any other service out there--including a handful of live streams--for a price that's hard to beat. In that respect, it's awesome. But its interface blows, especially when compared with the likes of Hulu Plus and Netflix. Here's hoping this little-guy upstart gets the makeover it deserves.

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

  • Talking Tom Cat
    Tom is your pet cat, that responds to your touch and repeats ev...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Talking Tom Cat 2
    BIGGER, BETTER FUN-NERThe original Talking Tom Cat is back - an...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • CamWow Retro: Vinta...
    Take your iPhone, iPod, or iPad camera into the past with some ...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • CamWow: Free photo ...
    Distort, fatten, pinch, and stylize your camera with real-time ...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Cell Phone Tracker ...
    Dont be fooled by imitators - this is the original Cell Phone T...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • All Phone Tracking ...
    Get the BEST CELL PHONE TRACKER!Locate any phone in the world, ...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • MB: YouTube music p...
    FREE DOWNLOAD! Play YouTube music NON-STOP! Number 1 music app ...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Rdio
    Listen to unlimited, on-demand music everywhere.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • GarageBand
    Make music anywhere you go with full features touch instruments...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Jungle Skins! - UNL...
    Would you like to choose from thousands and thousands of animal...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Video Tube Free for...
    Watch YouTube like you are used to! Access all videos with this...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Word Swag - Cool ty...
    Word Swag *automagically* turns your words into beautiful photo...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Official H-D 110th ...
    Get your official guide to the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversar...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Jailbreak
    Jailbreak for iPhones, iPods Touch & iPads of all versions with...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Brain Power | AmbiS...
    PRAISED BY APPLE, MACWORLD.com AND 148APPS.com SEEN IN PUBLICAT...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • ColorShape
    A game created to learn and identify the different colors and s...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Cute Emoticons for ...
    Cute Emoticons Free - Use 450 Cute Emoticons & Gif Animation Cu...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • 1TapTimer
    It's give for free for a limited period in 10 DAYS!THANK YOU Jo...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Fate App Free
    Fate App is a patent pending application that chooses what to d...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Tiny Time Lite
    Visit our our website to see a video of the app in action."I've...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Stanza
    Read books on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad with Lexcycle S...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Radio Alan: The Ala...
    Have you ever wished you could listen to Alan Partridges radio ...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • AirPhones
    There is an issue with the 2.5 release, we are correcting the i...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • All Mobile Tracker ...
    This is the Internationally SuccessfulAll Mobile Tracker System...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
All User Reviews

Results 1-1 of 1

  • 5.0 stars

    "It's also in the Android Market as of February"

    February 19, 2011  |   By seeit360gb

    Version: PlayOn Mobile 1.09

    Pros

    Mobile means Mobile. Works via Wifi and 3/4g

    Cons

    Needs a PC or Mac running workarounds like Boot Camp and Parallels

    Summary

    Yeah. It's a "must have" as your computer is the server for the web based content. Brilliant!!! Did I mention you also get all PlayOn content to any game system as well? Bye-bye cable TV. Hello PlayOn.tv!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for PlayOn Mobile 1.1
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

Previous Versions:

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel

Submit a problem report for PlayOn Mobile

close

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The CNET Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The software contains malware

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Problem Report submitted

close

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK

This download is served from an external site

close

NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

Continue to download

Sponsored Products

PlayOn Mobile