Aug. 2, 2010

A word on PlayOn for Mac...

A lot of you have requested PlayOn for Mac, and we'd absolutely love to do it! But it's not that easy. We've estimated that developing PlayOn for Mac would cost us upwards of $10 million. There are some big challenges to overcome to get it working on the Macintosh platform: we'd be rewriting most of PlayOn from scratch, and inventing some new stuff along the way. Some of us at PlayOn use Macs regularly, and as much as we'd love a Mac version, we've happily settled with using Boot Camp at our homes and offices. We also have a ton of customers who are successfully running PlayOn using Parallels. Unless one of you wants to give us $10 million (anyone?), we're going to have to continue to rely on workarounds like Boot Camp and Parallels. Thanks for understanding.


Jeff Lawrence



Aug. 1, 2010


Louie premiered late June 2010 and seems to be another great comedy series from FX. They describe their new show as, "A comedy filtered through the observational humor of Louis C.K. Each episode puts a spotlight on Louis’ hectic life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two daughters.  The single-camera comedy is a mix of Louis C.K.’s stand-up comedy and scripted stories." Louie is 5 episodes into the season and all 5 episodes are currently available through Hulu. If you enjoy a bit of dark humor you should definitely give this show a try.


Jul. 30, 2010


PBS is hands down my new favorite channel on PlayOn. Each week I seem to discover more awesome shows within the channel. Frontline is my favorite, followed closely by Antique Roadshow. In case your not familiar with the premise of Anitique Roadshow, a group of antique experts travel around to different towns each week and do appraisals for the town people that come to the airing. Sounds kind of lame when explaining it, but this is a gold mine for any history buff. A few weeks ago on Antiques Roadshow an elderly man brought in a Tiffany and Co. sword used in the civil war. Frontline, on the other hand, is a documentary style show focusing on current world issues. Subjects anywhere from politics to technology can be covered and it is always presented in an educational yet intriguing way. But don't worry, if neither of these shows are your cup of tea there is plenty more to choose from.


Jul. 28, 2010

YouTube Favorites

PlayOn allows you to stream YouTube videos to your TV and nothing makes me happier than watching funny clips after a long day. Here are just a few of our favorite YouTube videos.


Jul. 23, 2010

Awesome Free Trials

We love free trials at PlayOn; hence why we encourage people to try out PlayOn with our free trial. We rounded up our favorite trials to share with you. Try them out and pass on any recommendations to your friends.

Try it for 1 month free! Amazon Prime is like the regular Amazon, but better. It has unlimited free 2 day shipping, no minimum order size, updrade to 1 day shipping for $3.99 an item and add up to 4 accounts in your household to your membership.

Try it for 2 weeks free! Netflix allows you to get DVDs by mail usually within one day plus watch some content instantly. P.S. Netflix works with PlayOn.

Try if for 10 days free! Gamefly caters to the gaming world and allows you get any game by mail then ship back or buy to keep games you like. Gamefly has over 7,000 titles to choose from.


Jul. 22, 2010


Ever run out of Hulu content to stream via PlayOn? Check out the documentary section in Hulu. Documentaries can be a train wreck when they are working on such low budgets; but on the other hand, a good documentary can be insightful and moving. Navigate your way to quality documentaries by clicking on movies> documentaries> popular documentaries> highest rated.  Here are just a few of the popular films. Enjoy!

Speed and Angels:  From dogfights in the Nevada desert, to night landings on aircraft carriers in the Atlantic what begins as a story of realizing a childhood dream turns into a story of fighting for one's life.


Pluck (Courage, Determination, Spirit): Individual interviews with luminaries who profoundly influenced NY culture in the 1950's.


Arlington In Eternal Vigil: A powerful, inspiring and thought-provoking Documentary using Arlington National Cemetery as a platform for discovering the source of America's greatness.


Jul. 20, 2010

Get to Know PlayOn Plugin Channels and MyMedia

What are PlayOn Plugins?

Plugins for PlayOn allow third-party partner companies and the open source community to develop custom feeds to pretty much any media content. We have provided a simple API, and developers who are familiar with the .NET framework can easily create and distribute their own Plugins.  We have a variety of additional plugin channels to choose from in our Plugin Channel Store.

How do I configure my antivirus/firewall software to work with PlayOn?

In your security software configuration settings, you must give full local and online network access to the PlayOn server executable. On normal installations, this can be found atC:\Program Files\MediaMall\MediaMallServer.exe. In our development labs, we use AVG and Windows Firewall. These consistently work fine for us, so we can highly recommend them, also because they don't degrade PC performance as much as many other third-party security packages.

Can I see local media files from my PC's hard drive through PlayOn?

Yes! And it's free as a part of the MyMedia and as part of PlayOn. Although, this feature is currently in beta, you can choose to enable local media file sharing, or "MyMedia", and select specific directories on your PC's hard drive to share through PlayOn. Any media files in those directories should show up through the "MyMedia" folder. As this is still a beta feature, there are some limitations; first off, most content will always be automatically transcoded on the fly -- much like how PlayOn processes online media -- even if your connected device could potentially handle the native file directly. This means that fast forwarding can be an issue for many devices. Also, media you share through a network device will often not be correctly discovered through PlayOn. We're working on fixing both of these issues, as well as making big improvements in the "MyMedia" feature in general, so stay tuned!

MyMedia Update 05.14.2013

MyMedia is out of beta! You can now get MyMedia as a standalone local media server.
>> Download MyMedia here.


Jul. 16, 2010

Top Wii Games of 2010

The gamer group at recently rounded up the top 10 Wii games of 2010. Thankfully they did this list; because let's admit, most of us Wii owners are not completely up to date with the happenings in the gaming world. A few of these look really cool.

1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
2. Epic Mickey
3. Metroid: Other M
4. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
5. Red Steel 2
6. Monster Hunter Tri
7. Sin and Punishment 2
8. La Mulana
9. Tatsunoko vs Capcom Ultimate All-Stars
10.Endless Ocean 2

Read the full article at to get the descriptions and thoughts on each game.


Jul. 15, 2010

Status of PlayOn iPhone app

PlayOn received approval from Apple in June of 2010 for our application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Set to launch on July 15th, this app was developed to allow existing PlayOn users to stream online video content and personal media via a home networked PC using the PlayOn software client. News broke regarding this application with CNET on July 8th, followed by a notice from Apple on July 12th that the application has once again gone into review. We were hoping Apple would approve by the previously arranged launch date, yet it remains in review. Our intention is to allow users to access online video content that they would normally access through a variety of means and are legally entitled to view, whether it be their computer browser, videogame console (Wii, PS3, Xbox 360), or any number of DLNA compliant devices. Other similar iPhone apps have been approved for the marketplace and can currently be downloaded, including SlingPlayer Mobile and iDisplay, so we're confident that we can work through this issue with Apple and hope to be able to launch the application on the App Store soon. An official announcement will be made once the app is available for download.

For more information you can visit CNET to see their reporting on the story.

Thanks for your interest.

Jeff Lawrence, PlayOn CEO


Jul. 12, 2010

SNL Clips

I had a good laugh this morning while watching Zach Galifianakis host SNL on Hulu and needed to share this clip.  It is hard not to love Zach and his crazy beard.  Any actor that is known for their awkward roles wins in my book. There are rumors that The Hangover 2 will start filming this fall. I can't wait to see more from this wolf pack!


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