PlayOn streaming software for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles goes out of beta

By on February 3, 2009, 11:47 AM
We’ve mentioned PlayOn a couple of times here so I wanted to give a quick update to announce it is finally moving out of beta. This media server software essentially acts as the middleman between a PC and any DLNA compliant device, such as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, to deliver streaming video from popular Internet sources like Hulu, Netflix and YouTube.

The company behind PlayOn, MediaMall, says it is honoring the pre-production price of $29.99 until February 8, when it will go up to $39.99, and is offering a 2 week trial to all users (whether you have tried it before or not). We should note however that not everyone will be able to take advantage of the service right away – you need wired, powerline or wireless N Internet. Also notably missing is the ability to fast forward video, which can be frustrating to those with slower or unreliable Internet access, as they won’t be able to resume streaming from where they left off in case the connection is lost.

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billybet said:
I have been using playon for two weeks now and it works great with the Xbox 360. I am using a wireless g connection for both the laptop server (1 gb ram, 1.9 ghtz CPU) and my Xbox 360. Again, nothing is wired in my setup and I have yet to experience any problems. Hulu videos buffer and begin in about 30 seconds and the quality is the same as what you would see on your pc. YouTube is limited by the lack of integrated search, but you can log into your account so all videos you have tagged as a favorite are available as well as your playlists. Netflix I have not tried because it's built into the Xbox 360 already. I highly recommend playon if you own an Xbox 360, it's free to try(14 days) and is worth the price for Hulu alone, everything else is icing on the cake.
nugs355 said:
I also want to point out some inaccuracies in this article. I have been running Playon for about 3 weeks now using a VUNOW POD SD (this is an unsupported device but does work pretty well) I run wireless G with almost new problems occasionally the programs do stutter (a solution is to generally rewind a little bit and play and it will work fine) and unlike this article says Fast Foward does work. You need to let it run for a little while to build video in cache but then it will fast forward. On the VUNow pod if it gets to the end of the cache though the video will just stop playing and you will need to start the video over. The main thing it does need is a resume option. Another side note I do not think this is a problem with Playon but with the VUNOW pod you cannot play full length movies on HULU. I have not done anything with Youtube or Netflix.
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