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Loss of Channels

Well, with version 4.4.22.22788 of the desktop product, PlayOn has become all but useless to me. DirecTV Now was removed from the channel list, and that takes the cake. I have watched over the last year as channel after channel has disappeared without explanation, Comedy Central, USA, Syfy, CNN, A&E, TNT, TBS, FX, History, Discovery, Disney, and Bravo. Even all the freely available news channels like Fox News, CBS News, NBC News, and Newsy, and the free sports channels like NBC Sports & Fox Sports are gone. The streams from these channels can be captured legally with freely available open source tools. PlayOn provided the automation glue that combined all this into one place.
And sadly the utility of this tools has ended. My gut told me that the usefulness of this tool wouldn't last, and I guess my gut was right. So long PlayOn, and thanks for 3 years of good use.

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    Barclark

    I was also disappointed over losing Directv Now but it is back and working fine.  Thanks Playon!  I thought the new Directv Now DVR would eliminate the need for Playon and I do use it, but you can't save anything to your hard drive, has a 20 hour 30 day limit, and their series record is unusable because it records any past season episodes. So Playon is still the biggest key to my cord cutting. I can use Directv Now to record all the channels mentioned in the post above so I don't miss them. Now if Playon can get a streaming guide built in to record future episodes off the guide they would rule the world.

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    James Bowlin

    They need to bring back a lot of the sports channels that have gone missing. MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL, Fox Sports, ESPN, etc...

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    Brian Goodrich

    Will there be any communication to users about the channel line up changes? Missing nfl this season.

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    georgenickconnor

    More downvoting of a valid point. 

    RE: communication... all signs point to no.

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    Walter Floyd

    Now I understand the 50% off. In order I have to pay again (once for directv) and again for (hulu live another 19.99 a month) so I can record the same channels I pay directv for. There is a better than good chance i will eat the price of playon and just leave bad reviews around. The "record anything" just means anything Playon offers. 

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