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April 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM

PlayOn adds HBO Go workaround

Seattle-based PlayOn has a solution for HBO Go subscribers unable to get the app on their game console.

The company is releasing a new version of its free PlayOn Lite application for streaming video content from a PC to consoles and other devices.

A highlight includes the addition of support for the HBO Go app, which gives HBO subscribers on-demand access to the network’s content.

HBO Go is coming directly to consoles, but licensing tangles were temporarily blocking it from the Xbox for customers of Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House. Comcast’s blockade on the Xbox is ending this week. For others unable to get the app, PlayOn offers a workaround.

It also brings the HBO app to the PlayStation 3, Roku boxes, Wii consoles and mobile devices.

PlayOn charges $5 per month for its premium software, which streams video apps and locally stored media files from a PC to other devices. Its free PlayOn Lite version streams only media files on a home network, Pandora and — for a limited time — HBO Go.

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