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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. boilerjt

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    According to the Play On Forum, it does not officially support the HR2x.

    "Although we only officially support PlayOn for the PS3, Xbox 360, and HP MediaSmart, some users have had success with other DLNA devices."

    http://www.themediamall.com/forum/
     
  2. tcusta00

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    But it does work... which I believe is what the question was getting at.
     
  3. Steve615

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    During my "trial period" with PlayOn,it worked pretty well with all 3 of our HR20 HD DVR's.
     
  4. boilerjt

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    Working and supported are two completely different entities. For example, what would happen if DirecTV messed with its firmware enough that PlayOn stopped working. What would they tell paying customers? Would they work with DirecTV to modify their software to work with potential MediaShare changes?

    My guess is that it's "supported" as much as Microsoft supports WMP in working with MediaShare.
     
  5. Bushwacr

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    I think it's low on the list of features. There are a couple comments in the Playon Board.

    http://www.themediamall.com/node/535
     
  6. Bushwacr

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    Well their support board says flat out they don't officially support it; I'm not sure where any doubt is.

    http://www.themediamall.com/node/514

    Having said this I stream through an unsupported device (DSM520) and they have always been responsive in support.
     
  7. tcusta00

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    I think we're getting a bit much into semantics here. I surmised from the tone of the original question that "support" meant "worked," not necessarily does "PlayOn provide official support for this product?" So sorry for creating such a controversy here. Sheesh.
     
  8. boilerjt

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    That's the point I've been trying to make :) The $30 you pay does not include any "official" support. Sure there may be "unofficial" support through the forums or possibly email, but when the product goes "gold" and if it someday stops working with MediaShare (from a DirecTV or PlayOn software change), you may be out of luck. It's a gamble you'll be taking.

    I think this a great product and I'm debating whether or not to spend the $30, but I've been down this road before with Twonky. Shortly after buying a $40 Twonky license 18 months ago (at that time, it was the only Linux solution), it stopped working with my HR20 when other servers were working. I got one good support email response, and after that, they refused to answer any more emails because I was using an "unsupported" device. Fortunately, after 3 months, it started to work once again.
     
  9. boilerjt

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    :icon_peac I wouldn't call it a controversy, but when money changes hands, the buyer should know what they are purchasing.
     
  10. x1hdtv

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    I would just like chime in on my experience with PlayOn. I have an HP Media Smart server that I installed this on. Streaming to all my PS3's and HDDVR's work great. The quality is good enough for watching these videos. I do not have a NetFlix account as of yet, so can not speak on how that works.
     
  11. rahlquist

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    Youre right and since it works now based on the DLNA standard as long as D* continues to produce a device adherent to the standard then it sounds like it will continue to work.
     
  12. schneid

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    You just can't access it unless you have an approved and registered device. PC's and HRX's ain't:

    Netflix Update on HD Streaming

    The Netflix blog has an update about HD streaming:

    Netflix offers instant streaming of more than 300 titles in HD resolution today, while more than 12,000 choices are available in SD resolution. The HD library will grow gradually over time. Netflix members who have already activated a device that supports streaming from Netflix in HD can find a list of all available HD titles at www.netflix.com/InstantHD. (This link will not work for you if you don't already have an activated, Netflix ready device that streams in HD.)

    The story also notes that Samsung has already offered a HD streaming firmware update for the BD-P2500 and BD-P2550, and LG is expected to offer a similar update for the BD-300 soon.
     
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    This was the point of my original statement. Since PlayOn doesn't support (I mean, support, as in technological development, not just being able to see Netflix movies via the HR series through the PlayOn software) the HR series, even if we pay the $30, we wouldn't have access to the HD library. And, nowhere on the Netflix site do I see anything about Netflix working with PlayOn software. What gives?
     
  14. boilerjt

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    Since when was the HR2x DLNA certified? ;) Seriously, I hope everyone enjoys this great product and hope there are no hiccups, but with MediaShare's past track record...
     
  15. cnmsales

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    HD is only available with a select few devices. One being the Xbox and a few of the bluray players. Soon they will add it to the roku box. I wouldnt use playon for access to netflix, i use it simply for the hulu service.
     
  16. Ken S

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    www.dlna.org

    DirecTV has no certified DLNA products.
     
  17. schneid

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    Yep, I feel I jumped the gun and wasted $30 on PlayOn. After reading more and emailing with them, I doubt they will support Netflix HD or D* boxes. But, they will happily take your money. Another wrong turn down a dead end road. :nono2:

    Caveat emptor on this one.
     
  18. Ken S

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    You make it seem like they duped you in some way. They have been very upfront of what they support and what they don't.
     
  19. bonscott87

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    Exactly, they don't support DirecTV boxes and I doubt they ever will. Too much of a moving target at this point. And they are very up front about it. Once they go gold I will donate $30 to the cause. Reminds me of the shareware days of the late 90s. I loved donating a few bucks to good starving programmers.
     
  20. missparker10

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    That's what I'm confused about. I just downloaded the newest Beta and it won't let me play anything with it. It says my trial period has expired. And I know for sure I didn't have the newest Beta before because I can see the last time I downloaded it and installed it and it wasn't the same Beta release. But it still won't let me use it.
     

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