Just yesterday Plex announced their Android app to world and today, PlayOn has announced their Android app is no longer in beta and can now be downloaded from the Android Market for use with your already existing PlayOn account. For those of you not familiar with PlayOn, the service allows you to connect to various media content sites such as Hulu, Netflix, CNN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, ESPN3, NFL Rewind, MLB, MTV and more through your PC and have it all displayed on your TV.  Now, they've added Android smartphones to the list of connectible devices.

PlayOn Premium customers with Android 2.2+ need just to download the PlayOn Mobile app from the Android Marketplace and initially pair the device over the local Wi-Fi network with the PlayOn media server. The device may then be used to stream online video and personal media content over 3G or Wi-Fi anywhere in the world where you can get a signal.

If you already have a PlayOn account then you can access the app and services for free. However, new customers will have to check out the 14-day trial period, use services during that time and then decide if they wish to keep it. If you do, PlayOn will then cost $39.99 for the first year and $19.99 for each year thereafter. [PlayOn via VerticalWire]


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PlayOn no longer in beta, now ready to deliver content to your Android device


You have to be connected to the server on your computer and phone? If that's the case, I would just watch it on my computer. Why would I need the phone app?

Hmmm, I wonder how they are allowing it to stream anywhere. If they are using your home server, you'd have to allow some rules I would think for your firewall and so forth.

If they are just validating that you have access, are they streaming from some other playon servers that are located centrally?


It's streaming from your server, you may be able to use a UPNP firewall config but for me it's a lot easier to just open up the port number.

I'd just get Dish Remote Access if you use Dish Network. Its free to use and its live TV or whats on your DVR over anything on the internet to my understanding. You need the VIP 922 box or the 722 with the sling adapter, but if your already a subscriber and have the 922 its free. The adapter is $100 for the 722 and then its free then on out.

The shows on hulu and stuff are usually crappy and not very good quality. I think Comcast, Verizon and DirectTV have about the same thing, but I believe they don't have live TV yet like Dish has. All you can do is set your DVR and use a phone and stuff as a remote.

Paying $40 and $20 a year is a little steep for crappy viewing of pre-recorded shows. Rather have Dish and live TV with their sling box stuff and its free if you have the right box and are a subscriber to Dish Network.

Unless you buy PlayOn with the one-time purchase and can ditch cable thanks to it. I've saved a few grand by switching from DirecTV to PlayOn.

The sling adapter in my experience is crap. I wouldn't recommend it, even though I am a loyal Dish Network customer. I got my playon set up today, and put the sling adapter in the mail for the refund. So far testing playon and I've been quite impressed. I would recommend it as of right now.

I have Playon Basic from many years ago. Can't play my Netflix on my Evo. I can see the movies just no option to play. WTF? I'm not about to buy the premium service for this. What good is a Basic account with Playon if you can't do anything? Beginning to this this software was the biggest rip off of all time.

You have to make sure you have the Flash plugin installed on your phone, then when you see the info for the movie on Netflix, click the main graphic and it should start. At least that's how it seems to be working on mine.

For those of you who are giving the cold shoulder to the $40 first year price. Sign up for their mailing list. Every so often they'll have a deal that comes around. For example, I signed up for this two week trial of some realplayer media thing they told me about through an e-mail(can't remember what it was, it's irrelevant anyway.) By doing so I was able to get Playon for $5 for the first year. I had to make sure I called realplayer to cancel the trial I was on before the two weeks went by. No matter how bad you say it is...c'mon....it was $5. Couldn't pass it up.

Finally got it going. This is actually kind of tricky depending on your home router/network setup.

PlayOn is a server that runs from your home computer. It streams to various clients like a PlayStation 3 or now your phone. But for this to stream to your phone, you have to setup Port Forwarding on your home router to "publish" the service to the Internet. If your home router has UPNP enabled, the software may be able to do it automatically.

I'll be happy to assist further, if needed, just find me in the forums (usually in the Nexus S forum). Now, here are the quick steps to get it working:

1.) This requires the newest PlayOn server. Version 3.2.x. If you're already a PlayOn user, be sure to update the software! (If you're testing you just need to download it from their site).

2.) You must enable "Mobile Access" in the Play On settings. After you install PlayOn, launching the app brings up the settings screen. Try automatic, then hit the Test button. If it fails, you'll need to use Manual setting and configure port forwarding in your router.

3.) Assuming you got the Mobile Access tab to pass the "TEST", download the software to your phone. IMPORTANT: The first time you launch the software on your phone, you have to be on the same network as your computer. In other words, use the WiFI, not 3G!

When you first launch the software from your home wi-fi, it should find the computer and display all the videos available. After that, disable wi-fi, wait for the 3G to connect and try again.

Good luck!

Can someone give me some basic steps in configuring port forwarding in my router? I did all the other steps, but when I try to do the Mobile access step it says it fails. I understand what font1975 is saying and I followed those steps, I just don't know how to do the port forwarding part. Obviously, I dont want to mess up anything else on my network.

I have a Netgear router and the process was simplier doing UPnP. I logged onto my router's IP, went to UPnP (Universal Plug and Play), mine was already activated, and viewed what was listed as my outgoing and incoming port number (both were the same). Went back to Play-on config and manually inputted the UPnP port number based off my router. That worked like a charm and was far simplier.

Thank you very much Makisupa! However, I forwarded correctly but when I run a test on the Mobile Access tab, it keeps showing up as failed. Any idea why? After I saw that I changed the Ports to 60260, but that didn't help either. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Never mind I figured out what I was doing wrong. The test passed, but the videos are still not working on my phone even though I have Playnow running on my PC and my phone app is open.

I was finally able to play the videos on my phone. The videos take a while to appear, but so far so good. I will have to try to watch them once I get out of the house to see if it is worth the yearly fee.

If you get a one time license, for the life time of this product...do you get net flix included or is that a separate monthly cost?

You have to suscribe to Neflix and any other paid service, Amazon, Hulu there's several listed. You have to enter your username and password for the app to view the media.

I tried it on my Fasinate last night, didn't stream very smoothly.

I would love to be able to use this on my NookColor running Honeycomb, is that possible anyone?!

Hmmm..everything loads up and syncs nicely on my EVO then this:

"Please install/ reinstall Flash from get.adobe.com/flashplayer using your PC's IE browser." (DONE)

Still not working on my EVO. Perhaps because I've got the browser in "Desktop mode"? Also I'm rooted and have Ad Free running.

Any thoughts?


Same problem. Stock Evo, hardware version 0003 running Froyo. Tried rebooting, no luck. Only Netflix and streaming local networked media are working. All other channels return the same "Please install/reinstall" error message, so no Comedy Central, Youtube, Pandora, etc... Not seeing anything on the PlayOn forums yet. Will sent an email to their support.

Never mind. I actually took a second to read the error and checked IE. As a Firefox user I never launch IE, so Adobe Flash was out of date. Evidently PlayOn utilizes the "IE" flash plugin on your PC to stream to your droid. After a few updates and a reboot, everything is now streaming just fine.

I have been using the Sling Adapter too bladerunn3r! I love it. I purchased from DISH, my employer shortly after it came out. It was worth the $99, for the shear reason of being able to take it anywhere. I don't have to be within my home network, and even better I don't have to be in the US! I can get live TV and recorded content, set timers and DVR functions. As for internet content that y'all are talking about I am not a huge user of it, but when I did I noticed that there was limited content that was new. The site I was using was all previous shows, and had to wait 24 hours before the new show could be viewed. Not only that but sometimes it wasn't on there. So I personally prefer having it at my fingertips when I want it!