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Does Playon Actually Add New Channels?

 I have been using Playon for quite a while and I haven't seen any new channels. Does Playon ever add new channels, or is everyone here wasting their time?

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    David S.

    Yes, they do add new channels, but it does take more time than we'd like.

    The Spectrum and Bright House Networks channels were added in October 2017. The DirecTV Now and Charter channels were added in April 2017. Yahoo View was added in August 2016. Tubi TV was added in June 2016. There were a few others added in the last two years that have since then been removed, presumably because it was decided they weren't popular enough to take the time to fix.

    It takes a long time for them to add new channels because they have to spend a lot of resources maintaining existing channels. Also remember there are now two PlayOn products that have to be supported now, so their resources are split between PlayOn Desktop and PlayOn Cloud.

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    georgenickconnor

    Targeting channels that are only going to be useful to relatively small groups of people like one specific channel for one specific group of cable subscribers is just an example of poor allocation of resources, honestly.

    Hulu TV? Anyone in the USA can use it. YouTube TV? Same.

    Bright House? The majority of us could care less. Why not just add channels specific to Kazakhstan while we're at it? I'm sure that small pool of customers would be delighted.

    Look how often Xfinity has to be fixed, by comparison. So it's something the bulk of us can't use, and it has to be fixed every other month. Doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in decision making.

    Now that they have two products, that seems even sillier. But since the majority of folks that use the desktop app probably bought a lifetime license, there's probably just no profit in them putting much effort there these days. They already have our money.

    Combined with the lack of communication, and how the only features in this forum that are "planned" are upwards of six years old now, it is quite frustrating from a user perspective and I definitely wouldn't recommend it to friends any longer.

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    Michael

    At the time it was purchased by Charter, Bright House was the 10th largest multichannel service provider, and the 6th largest cable internet provider. They served nearly 2.5 million Americans. Why would PlayOn not want access to the nearly 2.5 million customers Bright House, or the now 25 million Charter customers?

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    georgenickconnor

    I was pretty clear that my point was it's a *relatively* poor allocation of resources. 

    It's a subsection of a subsection of a subsection. Instead of resources a much wider group of their customers could access. 25 million sounds like a lot, until you take into account that last year alone over 30 million people ditched cable entirely. 

    YouTube TV and Hulu TV are national. They can be accessed nearly anywhere in the country. The potential for overlap between those two groups of customers is much larger, because the vast majority of cable subscribers don't stream to begin with.

    Someone who lives in a Bright House area could potentially signup for Hulu TV or YouTube TV. The inverse just isn't true. So again, that's why it's stupid.

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    Michael

    Opinions are like assholes...

     

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