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PlayOn: Watch Hulu, YouTube, CBS, CNN, ESPN, and Netflix on your TV using your HR20?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by cnmsales, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. Aug 6, 2009 #541 of 569
    dbronstein

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    I got the native local files to work for video (I had to share the folders), and it does show the widescreen ones in the full widescreen, so that problem is solved. But it won't display any of my pictures. It lists them and then when it tries to grab them it says it can't display them. These are just regular jpg files. Does anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Aug 6, 2009 #542 of 569
    trdrjeff

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    Is there any way to choose the HD or HQ option for videos from Hulu or Youtube? I was watching a lot of shows off Hulu on my PS3 and they were real good quality. Unfortunately Hulu stopped streaming to the PS3.
     
  3. Aug 6, 2009 #543 of 569
    Hutchinshouse

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    Yes, I select the HD version (via youtube on PC), I then add it to my youtube favorites. You’ll now be able to access the HD version via your youtube favorites within the DIRECTV menu.. That's it....
     
  4. Aug 6, 2009 #544 of 569
    trdrjeff

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    :goodjob: I'll have to set that up. I only have a Hulu account now.
     
  5. Steve615

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    PlayOn has updated to a new version:

    2.59.3512.34

    I received the latest update this afternoon.
     
  6. Steve615

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    PlayOn was recently updated again.

    The latest version number is 2.59.3524.38
     
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  8. TheShanMan

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    Just got PlayOn working last night. Working pretty well, but there are several things I'd like to mention:

    1. Sometimes have to start a video twice (I assume it's timing out) - no big deal but wish that would get fixed.
    2. Sometimes in the middle of watching my hr23-700 has changed to a regular channel. I'm not sure yet, but this may coincide with the start of a recording. Haven't seen this problem mentioned, but can someone tell me what's going on here and more importantly, how to prevent it?
    3. Especially irritating due to the prior issue: can't fast forward. So if the video gets terminated for any reason you have to start all over again rather than being able to pick up where you left off (wouldn't be so bad if the receiver never prematurely terminates the playback).
    4. Haven't been able to get the built in local media feature to work yet with photos. It just says there are none.
    5. Wish I could record a streaming video. Any chance of this ever happening?

    BTW, I have PlayOn running on Windows 2003 Server x64.
     
  9. texasmoose

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    I wasn't willing to drop the $40 on this, but @ 1/2 the price it's definitely worth my hard earned green bax.

    I still can't get Youtube HD to work though. Another poster said to download a HD vid then save to your favorites and that doesn't seem to work. Why can't youtube just have it default to "HD"?!?!?!? If one doesn't have the bandwidth then user can toggle it down to Normal/SD.
     
  10. MercurialIN

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    Not sure what happened but suddenly last week about Thu, Hulu stopped working.

    I click on a video, in this case a Pink Panther cartoon and it brings up the error box that it cannot access the media. I have tried rebooting the server and the DSL modem, router and the DVR. Nothing works. I have changed nothing at this end from when it was working to now when it is not.

    I am really thinking at this point it's something at Hulu's end or a Play On bug but I don't know for certain. Just updated Play On this afternoon with the latest patch. Haven't tried Hulu again since so I am hoping maybe it will be back to working again.

    Overall I really enjoy Play On.
     
  11. texasmoose

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    ever since my HR20 updated its firmware to 0x34c, playon no longer works for my "NetFlix Instant queue" it still works on youtube and my local files, i haven't tried the others of late to see if they work or not.
     
  12. psweig

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    Melody, do you try everything twice? :D I find that if I try again after this message, it works. (Timing problem?)
     
  13. MercurialIN

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Yes I generally click on it about half a dozen times before I give up. Guess I'm a glutton for punishment. But still no luck :(
     
  14. Oct 4, 2009 #554 of 569
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    We really like the features in using Play On with our receiver. It has been great when we have missed the first show of a new series and Hulu has it on file for us. However, we are having a problem using Play On with the 21/700 in that we need a means (other than a reboot) to clean the buffers (or whereever the junk files end up on the receiver). In doing searches on the various websites we can access through Play On and all the retries in getting a file to start up, the buffers or memory really get full fast and when we return to normal viewing, it takes for ever to change a channel or even view the guide. We can return to normal by doing a soft reboot, but we all know how long a reboot takes!

    Any ideas of fixing the problems or giving us a capability to clean the disk from all the files utilized with Play On?
     
  15. tivoboy

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    Sweet, netflix will now be coming to the PS3, now if only HULU would get onboard with it!
     
  16. Mockenrue

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    I have an HR20, and PlayOn almost never works for me. Most often, it appears to launch but all you see is flickering garbage pixels. Anyone else getting this? Sometimes I get a can't access media message. Once in a while, I can get Hulu or ESPN to work, but never Netflix.

    FYI: streaming for all of the above works fine on my PS3 when I connect it to the same wireless bridge used by the HR20. I'd prefer to use the DirecTV box because it's quieter and works with my remote.
     
  17. redfiver

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    I consistently have a problem with "can't access media" messages on my HR20 to PlayOn. So much so I've pretty much given up on it. I get Netflix streaming through my XBOX 360, so I'm set there. The interface is better on the XBOX 360 for netflix anyway, I wish it would come natively to the HR20 (yeah right!). I get the can't access media message with just about every service on PlayOn. It used to work sometimes, now it rarely works. Even though I haven't changed anything. Maybe I need to upgrade PlayOn. :(
     
  18. The Spud

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    There have been some issues with Netflix not working properly with Playon for about a month. The current Playon version number is 2.59.3584. Any version earlier than 2.59.3548 will not work.

    I did a clean install/upgrade to Windows 7 on Monday and reinstalled Playon and now Netflix works fine on my HR21-700.
     
  19. Nov 7, 2009 #559 of 569
    CraigT1

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    I'm trying the Playon trial and a trial of Netflix and it works quite nicely but I have noticed occasional stutters(6mbps download speed). The biggest issue I have though is that I can pause but am unable to rewind or fast forward. Does anybody know if the Roku or XBox have this same limitation or is this going to be improved using Playon and the HR20? Thanks.

    Craig T
     
  20. CraigT1

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    I ended up getting a Roku- MUCH better(using Netflix). :)

    Craig T
     

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