Connect with us


What is PlayOn? Everything You Need to Know in 2021



What is PlayOn

PlayOn is a streaming video recorder that lets you download and store videos from various streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crackle, ESPN, HBO GO, HBO Now, YouTube, and much more. The recording feature of PlayOn acts as a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) for streaming videos, creating a video file (.mp4 format) which can be transferred to the supported media devices. Users can watch those videos anytime and anywhere without using internet connection. The added advantage of the recording feature is that the recorded videos don’t display any advertisements. Hence the users without their favorite TV shows without any interruptions.

Topics Discussed:

Nothing to worry. PlayOn is completely legal to use. Because the users don’t get free access to watch the licensed streaming content. You have to pay the subscription fee directly to the licensed provider to watch or record the video. It is very important to note that PlayOn is not a streaming device and it doesn’t stream any own contents. It just records the video from other websites through the DVR method and let the users watch it in offline mode.

PlayOn Cloud vs PlayOn Desktop

PlayOn has two main products: PlayOn Cloud and PlayOn Desktop. Let check out the features of each product:

PlayOn Cloud: PlayOn Cloud is an online service used for digital video streaming on Android & iOS devices. With PlayOn Cloud, you can record videos from the popular streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go and much more. On PlayOn Cloud, you can add up to nearly 13 channels. Once you recorded the video, it will be stored in MP4 format and you can watch it offline mode. Each recording on PlayOn Cloud costs $0.40 and the recorded videos will disappear from PlayOn’s media server after 30 days.

PlayOn Cloud vs PlayOn Desktop

PlayOn Desktop: It is a windows based software that acts as a streaming hub on your PC. It organises all your favorite streaming webistes abd personal media’s. With PlayOn Desktop, you can download or record videos from the popular streaming services. Just like Cloud, you can save the videos on the hard drive for offline access. But unlike PlayOn Cloud, the recorded videos will remain forever. Here you can add up to 50 channels and you can cast the recorded videos to your TV with the appropriate devices. The monthly subscription costs around $7.99 per month, but you can save more money with the yearly ($18) and lifetime subscription ($69.99).

PlayOn Supported Devices

Here are the platforms that are compatible with PlayOn

PlayOn Desktop can stream the media to your TV by using any of the following devices

  • Gaming Consoles: PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Streaming Devices: Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick. Roku, WDTV
  • Mobile Phones: Android Phone, Blackberry 10, iPhone, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire
  • Media Players: Kodi
  • Smart TVs: DLNA Smart TVs

PlayOn Channels

PlayOn Channels lets you watch different streaming sites without accessing their website or apps. While downloading the PlayOn for the first time, you will have a dozen channels to select from and you can add more channels later. The new channels can be downloaded from the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store.

PlayOn Channels

How to use PlayOn?

PlayOn is very simple to install and use.

#1: Download and Install PlayOn using Windows PC.

#2: Launch and configure your Channel settings.

#3: Navigate to personal media library to access your personal media’s.

#4: Enable Mobile Access to access PlayOn on your mobile/tablet while you’re away from home.

PlayOn Free Version vs Paid Version

The PlayOn Desktop app is of two versions: Free and Paid. Check out the similarities and dissimilarities between the free Version and Paid Version:

Free VersionPaid Version
Recorded Videos Never Expire

Stream Videos to any Device

Mobile Control


Record New Episodes Automatically

Schedule Recording Hours

Stream Your Videos to TV

Media Library Organization

Streaming Channels Guide

Free Movies and TV Shows

PlayOn Alternatives

While comparing with Roku Box, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick, the features in PlayOn are limited and the quality of the media streamed through the media is limited to 720p resolutions. For those users who want 1080p or 4K streaming capability, here are some alternatives:

Kodi Media Player: Kodi is a popular and open source media center that will turn your device into a media hub. It also lets you access the content over the Internet by using the various addons developed by the members of the Kodi open source community.

What is Kodi Media Player?
Kodi Media Player?

Read more about Kodi Media Player.

Plex: Plex is a powerful media server which allows you to organize and stream your media contents in the wide range of devices like mobile, TV, tablet, PC and more. Plex is available on platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.

What is Plex Media Server
Plex Media Server

Read more about Plex.

Emby: Actually, there is not a great deal of difference between Plex and Emby. Emby works well on smartphones and Xbox. Emby offers you some standout features than Plex. Emby is available on platforms like Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Emby Addon

PlayOn Review

Definitely, PlayOn will add some extra flexibility to your internet streaming. The advantage of PlayOn Desktop Paid version and PlayOn Cloud options will more flexibility to the record feature and it will let you access your favorite streaming content anytime.

Thank you for visiting For further queries and feedback, feel free to leave a comment below.

Disclosure: If we like a product or service, we might refer them to our readers via an affiliate link, which means we may receive a referral commission from the sale if you buy the product that we recommended, read more about that in our affiliate disclosure.