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Stream Netflix to your TV or HDTV with PlayOn Media Server

February 2nd, 2009 by Maxim · 3 Comments · 24,441 Views


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On February 1, 2009 MediaMall released the first production version of their PlayOn media server. It works like any other media server, but also provides capability to stream movies from Netflix’s Watch Instantly queue (Netflix subscription is required), as well as videos from Hulu and media companies like CNN, CBS, EPSN and more media sources are on the way. All you need to do is install PlayOn on your PC and you are ready to stream all these media sources to your TV or HDTV via XBox 360, PlayStation3 or other media players such as D-Link DSM-520. Read on the earlier article about PlayOn media server streaming videos from Netflix and Hulu.

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  • 1 admin // Feb 3, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    1. I don’t have a Vista Media Centre.
    2. You may download and reinstall PlayOn twice a month and use it for free in the beta program.
    3. I’ve been using it for months now on DLink DSM-520 that is not officially supported, and I helped them work out several bugs. Hope they will update ActiveTV software as well, in which case it will probably be free for D-Link users anyway because it’s embedded.

    Sure, there’s more software coming our every day, but if I wanted to stream Netflix 3, 4 or 6 months ago I’d go with PlayOn. But of course, early adopters get screwed with bugs. Same as with owners of early HDTVs or Blu-Ray players. Such is life.

  • 2 Todd Loren Sinclair // Feb 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

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    Its a great concept but not ready for a retail release. Its sad times when people start paying for betas.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see a free open source solutioin shortly.

    There’s already a vista media center plugin for Netflix that works great and has more options than playon’s instant queue only option.

  • 3 admin // Feb 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm

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    1. I don’t have a Vista Media Centre.
    2. You may download and reinstall PlayOn twice a month and use it for free in the beta program.
    3. I’ve been using it for months now on DLink DSM-520 that is not officially supported, and I helped them work out several bugs. Hope they will update ActiveTV software as well, in which case it will probably be free for D-Link users anyway because it’s embedded.

    Sure, there’s more software coming our every day, but if I wanted to stream Netflix 3, 4 or 6 months ago I’d go with PlayOn. But of course, early adopters get screwed with bugs. Same as with owners of early HDTVs or Blu-Ray players. Such is life.

  • 4 Trisman // Jul 14, 2015 at 12:20 am

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    I was a netflix user for two years. Like most ploepe I had great service at first, but eventually the rate at which I was getting movies slowed to a crawl. I was, perhaps, getting 3 movies a month. So I called them and complained. The first person I spoke to was extremely rude and defensive from the start. She demanded I provide proof that the service was actually slow. I explained I couldn’t provide proof other then the fact that I wasn’t getting movies soon enough ( I mean seriously . . . 3 a month?). She then lists all the movies I recieved and made excuses for each. By the end of this conversation I was even more pissed off then before I called. So I call again and demand to speak to a supervisor. Eventually I speak to someone else. Like Steve first they said the post office was the problem. I get first class mail all the time from my father (he sends letters the old way believe it or not). His letters travel from two states away and often I’ll get two or three letters before I ever see a new group of netflix movies. I pointed this out to them and this supervisor made some excuse about machines the post office uses being broken, that I should complain about this to the post office, and in order for netflix to look into the matter I’ll need to fill out some report and fax it to netflix. I told them I wasn’t going to do any such thing. I pay them money for a service which I don’t feel is worth the money. I’m complaining and they are asking me to fix it? The guy responds, We are looking for partners to fix this problem. I thought this whole thing was stupid, so I did nothing. The next day . . . the very next day . . . a new group of movies show up in the mail which I had been waiting 2 weeks for. I was given a month free . . . and guess how long it took for them to recieve and send the next group?It seems to me netflix is a business built on a model which can’t work considering the current economic conditions facing ploepe. As long as netflix could work in the background of a person’s life, when a person isn’t paying attention to it, ploepe thought the service was fine. $15 for movies through the mail? Why not. I mean even the ads on tv played up this in the background quality. Oh look netflix came in the mail! Like it’s some kind of gift you are not actually paying for. However as money got tight ploepe started paying attention to the service more and look at what is happening? People who have spent years with this company are suddenly leaving. The customer service system they have in place is overwhelmed. They even offer cheap alternatives. Watching streaming video? Look if ABC can stream video without requiring me to download some program which I don’t want on my computer then way can’t netflix? Why would I want to sit in front of my computer to watch a movie anyway when I could sit in comfort in my living room? Netflix has done serious damage to themselves, or at least in my area. I don’t see many ploepe using the service here anymore. A lot of ploepe I meet who used the service now either buy cheap older films and/or watch on-demand video through their cable provider. Some ploepe I know continue their service with netflix just to damage the disks and make everything more expensive for the company. Think about that . . . some ploepe are so pissed off instead of ending the service they would rather destroy the service.

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