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PlayOn

CNET Editors' review

If you have a PC, router, and game console, you can watch Internet-sourced video on the TV your console is hooked up to with PlayOn from MediaMall Technologies. It's software that you install on your PC; there's no need to buy any new gizmo or hook anything else up. It relays on-demand streaming content from your PC to your TV, entertainment center, or other compatible device via your Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or other compatible game console, allowing you to enjoy old episodes of "Gilligan's Island" in true couch potato fashion, remote in one hand, refreshing beverage in the other.

Speaking of sofa spuds, PlayOn is designed to be easy to install and set up, even for those lacking the nerd gene. To use PlayOn, you need a broadband Internet connection in addition to the gear. The developer strongly recommends wired connections (such as Ethernet) to avoid streaming interruptions, but home networks are getting faster and more reliable all the time, so it's an option. You'll also need to make sure your antivirus and other security software is set up to allow PlayOn to function. And function it does. Using your console's familiar interface, PlayOn finds all accessible devices and content and displays it in an easy-to-use menu. As you might guess, watching Net video on your TV is fun.

The Internet is now a primary source for content, thanks to video-streaming sites like Hulu, YouTube, and Netflix that offer movies, TV shows, and more, often for free. To access much of that free online content via PlayOn, though, you'll have to subscribe to the monthly PlayOn Premium service. With cable TV bills climbing ever higher, it may still be an affordable option for on-demand video, especially if your PC and TV lack the necessary connectors and capabilities to link up directly, such as an HDMI cable.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of PlayOn 2.59.3848. The trial version is limited to 14 days.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "terrible quality"

    March 7, 2012  |   By kylepeavy

    Version: PlayOn 3.4.37

    Pros

    lot of content.

    Cons

    trying to fast-forward or rewind anything that is streaming usually results in crash.
    never completed a single 30 minute show without a crash.
    they set you up for a recurring payment plan on paypal and hope you forget about it, then refuse to refund it.
    answer from support is : "it's difficult".

    Summary

    Paid software should be of usable quality. Especially when they bill you annually. This is not.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Content is Good, Picture Quality Terrible"

    March 6, 2012  |   By millerprm

    Version: PlayOn 3.4.37

    Pros

    Easy setup
    Content
    Price

    Cons

    Awful picture
    Terrible viewing experience
    Made my eyes water picture

    Summary

    I just cut the cable cord and wanted to try Playon because it had content that I didn't have and would have made it easily available at a great price, so I tried Playon through my Roku box. To say the picture was bad would have been an improvement. At best, it looked like 480p on my HD set. I tried several channels and different shows, but they all had the same poor quality. If the picture were to markedly improve I would consider trying Playon again. But for now, using Playon through Roku is a great idea that was poorly executed.

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