Roku Adds PlayOn Compatibility: The Little Box That Could

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Roku recently added PlayOn to its growing list of Internet services.  Famous for being the first client capable of streaming Netflix to your TV without the need for a computer, Roku has been adding service after service as they try to remain relevant with options like the WD TV Live Hub and Apple TV growing by the day.

While Roku already offers the aforementioned Netflix streaming, it also brings services such as MLB.tv, UFC coverage, Pandora, Vimeo and Amazon video on demand to the table. PlayOn brings a number of other services with its offering, such as PBS, Hulu (though Roku will be getting Hulu Plus later this year), ESPN and more.

It isn’t quite as simple as that – PlayOn does require a computer on the same network as the Roku player to be powered on and actively running its host software. It also isn’t free; the first year costs users $34.99 with each additional year running an extra twenty dollars. Is that worth content that might be free when viewed within a web browser? We’ll find out soon enough – but for now, you can download the free trial here.

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