PlayLater - It's a DVR for the Internet!

Published Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:52 PM

With the invention of the DVR it changed the way we watch programming on our TVs. Despite what people thought it didn't kill television and has even offered shows a way to gain more views who can watch their shows on playback. The internet now has all kinds of TV and video content available so why not have a DVR for the Internet?

PlayLater has set out to be just that, a DVR for the internet. The desktop application for Windows allows you access more than 25 different channels of online video content like Netflix, Hulu, Comedy Central, MTV, Cartoon Network, ESPN, CBS, Nickelodeon, Spike, and more. You can search and browse each of these website's available content and add videos you want to watch later to your queue where they are recorded and available for offline viewing later.

The application is free to download but requires a premium subscription in order to gain access to all PlayLater's content. The premium service costs $5 a month or $50 a year, which is pretty reasonable in my opinion especially if you don't have cable. The application is in a one month closed beta right now and only the first 5000 people to join the beta will get in.

I think this is brilliant idea and further makes the idea of pulling the plug on your cable a reality. The application comes from the people over at PlayOn a company that offer streaming of online video content over game console or mobile device. This seems to be the next step allowing people to record and watch the content later.

One thing I would really like to see them implement is a way to record all episodes of a specific show. I haven't seen anything that suggests that you can have PlayLater automatically add episodes to your record queue. It seems you have to go and add the shows manually each time they become available on the channel, which is okay, but would be better if you could just say record all episodes of a specific show and it would do so. All in all should be interesting to see how PlayLater preforms and if people are willing to pay for it.  

PlayLater Beta

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