PlayOn for Mac

PlayOn is Windows-only software at the present time. Bummer! However, many of our users have successfully used a program called Parallels to get PlayOn running on their Mac. We can't offer much support with this configuration, but you're of course encouraged to try it out if you only own a Mac and not a Windows PC.

You can read below for some tips about Parallels. There is also a great guide online at about setting things up. PlayOn is also reported by many to run well over VMware and Boot Camp on Mac.

Although the porting effort to Mac (or Linux) is fairly huge, we would love to add the support, but it is not planned any time soon. We'd love nothing more to accommodate more users out there, but we'd have to start from scratch with a large portion of our software.

Setting up PlayOn with Parallels

Kudos to our forum users for providing these tips. Thanks forum users!

This guide assumes you have an iMac that has at least equal to a 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM and your VM is strictly dedicated to PlayOn.

  1. Install Parallels v5 with the latest update(s).
  2. Create an XP machine with 2GB RAM in Network Bridged Mode and a static virtual disk (not expanding). Use at least a 16GB virtual disk.
  3. Assign two processors.
  4. Set "Power Configuration" option to "Better Performance" (leave other Parallels settings default).
  5. Once XP is loaded, uninstall everything you don't need (MSN Browser, paint, games, etc.)
  6. Disable the screensaver.
  7. Install XP Service Pack 3.
  8. Install IE7 and Windows Media Player 11.
  9. Install all Windows updates except IE8.
  10. Stop and disable indexing service.
  11. Install PlayOn with default settings.
  12. Run a defrag for good measure.
  13. Using regedit, replace the shell (explorer.exe) with the executable for the PlayOn Settings Manager.
  14. Logout and log back in.

Top FAQs

What is PlayOn?
PlayOn is software that you install on your Windows PC. It allows you to use your Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Roku, iPhone, Android phone or another supported device to access movies and shows from Hulu, Netflix, Comedy Central, CBS, YouTube,, your personal media, and many more. PlayOn is both browser and media server software, built into one. It browses content from various online providers, and displays that content directly on your TV, iPhone or Android phone.
What is PlayLater?
PlayLater is software that you install on your Windows PC that lets you record movies and shows from over 60+ of your favorite streaming sites like Hulu, Netflix, Comedy Central and more. You can watch your recordings whenever you want on your PC or on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or other mobile device, even when you are offline.
» Learn more about recording with PlayLater
How does PlayOn work?
PlayOn runs in the background on your PC over your home network. It uses standards called UPnP and DLNA to communicate with networked gaming consoles,TVs, and mobile phones working both as an internet browser to access online media and as a UPnP media server to serve videos to UPnP compliant devices.
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