Aching to ditch your cable box, but can't bear to let go of that sweet, commercial-skipping DVR? If the folks behind PlayOn get their way, you won't have to. MediaMall launched the beta for PlayLater this week, a service it's calling "the world's first DVR for online video." The idea of a DVR for the internet sounds a little wonky at first, but it is an accurate description of the program's facilities -- pick a network (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc.), a show, and an episode, and PlayLater downloads your selection to your computer's hard drive for belated enjoyment. Simple? Sure, but not without a catch -- anything PlayLater pulls down it wraps in a neat layer of DRM, locking that content to the PC that downloaded it. Time-shifting Hulu will set you back $5 a month, but beta testers (the first 5,000, at least) can score a free month just for trying it out. Hit the break for a press release and additional details.
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Introducing PlayLater, the DVR for online video. Now you can record and watch your favorite shows anytime, anywhere, even offline!
Today, we are kicking off the closed beta for PlayLater, the world's first DVR for online video. PlayLater is a revolutionary new technology that lets you record your favorite TV shows, movies, and sports events from nearly any website and watch them later, even offline.
If you travel or commute and don't always have an Internet connection, PlayLater is the perfect way to keep up with your favorite flix and shows. We don't care if you're on a plane, train or automobile*, you can watch any shows you recorded with PlayLater.
PlayLater brings the functionality and convenience of your standard DVR to online videos. Tell PlayLater which shows you want to record, and just like your home DVR, PlayLater will record it and let you watch when it's convenient for you. You can queue up a bunch of shows or movies to record, so you never run out of new content to watch.
Record Any Channel Available With PlayOn
PlayLater lets you record almost any video available online, from nearly any website. Queue up the latest Hollywood blockbuster, find your favorite music video from the 80s, or record the pilot episode of Always Sunny in Philadelphia for tomorrow's train ride into work.
Watch Your Videos On Any Device
Of course you can watch your PlayLater recorded videos anytime you want on your PC, but if your PC is connected to your TV, you can easily watch your recorded content on your Television too. When used with our flagship product, PlayOn, you can watch your recorded content on your iPad, iPhone or other mobile device.
PlayLater works with any Internet connected PC and costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. Beta users will receive a full one-month free trial. To be one of the first 5,000 users in the closed beta and get PlayLater free for a month, download here http://www.playlater.tv
We are passionate about new technology and online video. As more people look online for video content, they will demand more flexibility in their viewing, including a DVR. With PlayLater, we are ready to deliver the ability for people to watch anytime, anywhere.
*Only as a passenger, we highly discourage watching PlayLater while driving!