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PlayOn Desktop is a PC app built for the new way you watch TV. It is a portal to over 100 streaming websites aggregated for you into one easy-to-use streaming video interface. Want even more? Get the optional upgrade and you'll also have a powerful SVR (Streaming Video Recorder) that lets you watch streaming shows and movies anywhere, anytime, even offline and commercial-free. Record Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. Full version/upgrade with streaming recording costs $70 or $2.50/month.

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File size: 166MB
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Latest version

4.5.49 (November 14, 2019)


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Software License

Freeware/Trialware (Free download but some features are limited to pro/premium version )

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

November 13, 2019
Fixed hotfix issue.

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All features

Record Anything

Record streaming video from over 100 popular streaming sites including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO GO. See what's on

Stream and Cast
Easily stream and cast shows to a streaming device from your desktop, tablet or phone.

Record and Download
Record and download streaming videos as .MP4 files. No expiration date on downloads.

Record an entire season with just one click. Subscribe to a series to automatically record new episodes.

Skip the Ads
Automatically skip the ads with AdSkip when you playback your recordings.

Off-Peak Recording
Tell PlayOn when to record, so you can keep your bandwidth and PC free during peak hours.

Take it With You
Transfer recordings to your mobile device. Watch anywhere, anytime, even offline.


Free Features:

Media Library

PlayOn Desktop streams all your media, photos, videos,music, and PlayOn recordings (Desktop or Cloud) to your TV for free.

All in One Place
A dashboard that aggregates all of your favorite streaming sites in one place for watching on your PC.

Find content easily as well as get curated recommendations.

Always Something New
Record, cast, and stream the shows and movies hand-picked by the PlayOn team every month.

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Acronyms / Also Known As

PlayOn Desktop, PlayOn Media Server, PlayOn Digital Media Server, playon, Playon

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Review by DavisSP on Mar 17, 2019 Version: 4.5.24 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

Ease of use.
Works most of the time.
There is pretty good support.
Built in media server.
Get lifetime membership on sale periodically.

Some times it breaks. Not their fault. Streaming sites change and the program has to adapt.
720P maximum resolution. File is 720P whether original is 1080P or 260p. Can give awful results. Most looks pretty good.
Limited channels. Used to be able to record any site but that function was removed.

Video Help seems like a great site to get information on streaming software (and just about anything else video) but the reviews seem a little sparse, so I thought I would add my 2 cents about one program that I use regularly.

I am always looking for a streaming recorder that can get video from any site and do it in the native resolution but so far I keep going back to Playon. I have tried a few But been frustrated by them for one reason of another. I won't mention which ones they are because I can not give them a fair evaluation.

Playon does usually work for the channels it supports.
You can get an idea of the issues that most people have at this reddit site.
On of their support staff visits there regularly and answers questions.

Review by hav on Mar 9, 2019 Version: 4.5 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 7/10

Weird that I had to come here to download the update.

Review by Michael on Jun 15, 2018 Version: 4.4.20 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 6/10 Overall: 7/10

For a all around automated screen capture solution this fits the bill. Also has media serving capabilities so my roku and android can see my captures. Only limitation is it ALWAYS records at 29.97fps. Not mad though as anyone who's captured before knows you can't tell what the framerate is without actually having the file. Upside is avisynth and tdecimate easily makes smooth 24/25p files if that's what the source really was. Had hiccups with amazon, but the support team was top notch and had me going again in no time. Would highly recommend as yes virtualdub and OBS is more tunable, but this just "works".

Review by dannyboy48888 on Feb 9, 2018 Version: 4.4.5 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

I have been using this for a while now and it has gotten better in newer versions. It is an easy way to record web video to watch later and has decent quality, I also use a ROKU and a Hauppage HD PVR 60 if I really want Great quality but this is a lot easier and acceptable results for most things.

Review by n8tvm on Mar 15, 2017 Version: PlayOn OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 7/10

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