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

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  1. ironwood

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    nothing happens when I try to play YouTube with PlayOn. DVR just freezes and I have to restart it. Tried 3 times and that was enough. What am I doing wrong here? I can see YouTube in the menu
     
  2. Bushwacr

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    See if you can play them in ie7. If they don't play you probably need to update your flash player.

    That's how I fixed my YouTube problem.
     
  3. ironwood

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    Hmmm I am not following you. Are we talking about playing videos on computer or on DVR? And which flash player do I need to update?

    My system by the way is Vista.
     
  4. Bushwacr

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    Playon relies on the Flash activex component in ie7. Basically it uses it in the background to transcode YouTube.

    So your ie7 Flash Player needs to be current to stream YouTube. Easy to test, open YouTube in IE and play a video. If it plays you should be ok; if not it will tell you to update Flash.

    It fixed my YouTube problem in PlayOn. It may fix yours.
     
  5. xmguy

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    Fixed PlayOn. Is was (I think) a malware/virus issue. Ran about 4 programs PlayOn and Hulu is working again! :D Netflix nope. :(
     
  6. MercurialIN

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    For whatever reason I can no longer access Amazon VOD via PlayOn. This started just the last week or so nothing changed at this end other then the software version the DVR is running. This is on my HR20-700. I click on it and it repeatedly says "unable to access media" everything else works, Hulu, CBS, YouTube etc. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.

    PS. Repeated checks of the PlayOn software indicate I am already running the latest software version.
     
  7. lparsons21

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    If you click on the 'support' tab in the Playon config you'll see that they are aware of the problem. It isn't anything you can do about it except wait for a fix from them.
     
  8. MercurialIN

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    Ok, thank you very much for setting my mind at ease. I wasn't even aware of the support tab you mentioned but I will start checking that out. Thank you again, I appreciate it.
     
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  10. lparsons21

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    I downloaded the Tversity Pro the other day to give it a whirl.

    I was disappointed with the Hulu performance, since it wouldn't work. On both my PS3 and the HR21, it would start to do something, then complain about Flash software. I ensured I had the latest version of Flash and tried many times with no luck.

    BTW, it doesn't support Netflix.
     
  11. May 3, 2009 #491 of 569
    GodisGreat79

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    Hey all, I am having a problem with Play on, Netflix works fine and so does CBS, but Hulu always tell me no matter what I select that there is no Playable content in whatever movie or show I select and I was wondering does anyone know what may be casuing this since CBS and Netflix works?
     
  12. May 3, 2009 #492 of 569
    bonscott87

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    Try it a second or third time with the Hulu program. I'll often see that as well and the second time is the charm, very rarely a 3rd time. But it should pick it up.
     
  13. May 4, 2009 #493 of 569
    GodisGreat79

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    I just wanted to leave a helpful tip, It may already be in this thread but I was having trouble with Netflix it kept freezing on me about 13 minutes in well I went and searched the web and found out that Plan on was tested with IE 7 and i had IE 8 and to delete IE8 and convert back to IE7 which I did and it should work, well so far so good, I have had it to freeze once since then but I was pushing buttons at the tiome and that might be why.

    Andy
     
  14. May 5, 2009 #494 of 569
    DJPellegrino

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    I purchased PlayOn a little while ago and has worked flawlessly up until recently.

    Have you heard of this particular issue?
    I went to use it 2 days ago and what appears to happen is that I can access the menus such as netflix and CBS and local files etc, however, when I select an item to watch, the title comes up on the TV, and then the trickplay progress bar shows up at 0:00, then jumps to 0:something and the screen goes blank. The status lights on the router and WGA600N indicate that data is being transferred, but the screen is blank. No audio either. This happens for anything. I sent a support request and the response was that something was shutting down the connection, possibly the firewall. Well nothing has changed there. I even disabled everything and rebooted the PC. Same-same. Rebooted the HR21 as well. The HR22 is experiencing the exact same issue. Got any ideas? I only noticed this as I am not a frequent user of the product, so I don't know if the latest version of Playon broke something, or if the latest CE did, or whatnot...
    Thanks...
     
  15. May 5, 2009 #495 of 569
    bonscott87

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    Sounds like you're on the latest CE. You should check the CE issue threads. The last 2 CE's, including the current one, has broke video streaming thru media share which would include PlayOn. I went back to the national release and it's fine.
     
  16. May 5, 2009 #496 of 569
    DJPellegrino

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    Thank You...
     
  17. May 8, 2009 #497 of 569
    renog28712

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    can someone tell me why when I try to use Playon on my HR21 700 and I select a show it does not play on the tv but the audio is playing on my PC?

    Thanks,
    Greg
     
  18. GodisGreat79

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    Playon is no help so I hope some of you guys can help me, when I try to watch Playon using my R22 with Netflix I can get half way through whatever I am watching and the Picture freezes and with Hulu I can attempt to watch something and i get can not access media and i can try this 3,4 or 5 times and still get the same, I am running IE 7 on Vista, someone please help.
     
  19. gfrang

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    Well it,s been a while since i tried again,looking into the issues i was having i felt it was a problem whit vista so i waited for sp2.So now it is working fine except for when i start a movie i have to start it twice,contacted MediaMall and they said it looks like a issue whit the dvr not waiting long enough on the first try for the video to come through.

    Well i am happy it works and not having the problems like i had whit it freezing up the dvr.Programs look more than acceptable like dvd quality. So starting it twice is no biggie after all when it starts i have to sit there for two hours anyway.
     
  20. gfrang

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    After we figure this out and debug it who wants to volunteer and write the instruction manual?
     

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