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    PlayOn brings TV to your Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360


    After moving quite a bit the last few months, the last thing I wanted to do was sign on for another year of ridiculously overpriced cable service. Despite my desires for viewing a constant steam of visual content like all twenty-something year-olds, I just wasnít ready to bleed financially, all for watching a few hours a day of nonsensical programming.

    The notion of cutting the cord has never been more of a reality for viewers than it is today. High priced television cable packages are serving as unnecessary expenses for many in this digital age, especially when the Internet is flooded with both broadcast and cable content for free. But for some, watching your favorite programs on a tiny computer screen just doesnít replicate the fun familiar feeling of TV viewing on a 50Ē plasma. In steps PlayOn, a streamable service that allows users to watch a wealth of content from the companyís extensive library of broadcast and cable channel programming on any DLNA compliant gaming console, including your Wii, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 console, as well as Apple iOS devices. Pretty nifty, right? Hereís how it works.

    First, download the PlayOn software onto your Windows based PC. The download is free as part of a 14-day trial, but the service will cost you $39.99 for your first year and $19.99 for every year after. However, if you enjoy the content provided, thatís minimum coinage compared to the average monthly cable bill, which floats around the $70 range. Once installed, just follow a few minor steps, and youíre able to access the PlayOn library on your console of choice.

    First, when using the PlayOn service, you need to have the installed application open on your Windows PC. That way your gaming console will be able to recognize the server to retrieve content. Itís recommended that either your PC or the device itself be connected to your router to ensure an uninterrupted connection. Based on my home setup, it was only plausible for my PC to be connected, so my impressions are based on that.

    The PlayOn content library is quite impressive, and as the service grows, so will the channel selection. As it stands the service offers content from such channels as ESPN, MTV, CNN, Comedy Central and Spike, as well network content from ABC and CBS. You can also enjoy Hulu and YouTube videos, while Netflix subscribers have access to their own Instant Streaming library. Thatís thousands of movie and TV programs all accessible via your gaming console.

    So how does the service perform on the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles? I took PlayOn for a test drive on all three gaming consoles to let you guys know the good, the bad, and everything in between:

    Wii

    PS3

    XBOX 360

    Overall Impressions

    By Jason Leavey - thetanooki.com

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    | PlayOn | Watch Hulu, CBS.com, MLB.tv, Netflix, and more on your TV with PlayOn!
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    dang i just deleted my internet channel....

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    dop-mii here we come!!!!!!!!

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    That is pretty awesome. I already get TV by my ISP, which is cheaper, but I will definitely try the trial. Something to keep in mind should I ever move.
    By the way, you mentioned WIFI is not really stable. Were you using 802.11g or 802.11n?
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    I wonder if this works outside of USA, just checked if i were able to use NetFlix but since im in Sweden i wasnt
    Guess im stuck with crappy Voddler.


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    Yea, I think its regional.

    I've been looking at the forums for this, and it looks like plugins are added to receive channels, there's even user created plugins.

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    hi all!
    im in europe and some of them work!(comedy central,tv.com,spike,espn,cnn,fox news,both pbs,and the ultimate fighter)
    the major thing here for me,is that i finally can access my pc files(like movies)with no lag.already tried orb and some other programs but either they where too slow or i had image issues tryin to watch a movie.but this one is workin fine here.
    thx!

    by the way,it really sucks the fact that some streams arent avaible due to my location.

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    That's good to know that some of the stream work out of the USA region. I found that the Netflix channel requires you to have a Netflix account, which would make that channel regional.

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    hi again guys.
    while googling playon and web streams on wii,i also found another porgram,a litlle bit harder to program,but also an excellent way to watch live streams.
    the name of the plugin is avastream and i think u should give it a look.

    cya!

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    I have been with playon since it started - It just keeps getting better. It really is pretty much trouble free - with very responsive tech support and updates.

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