PlayOn for Android is Now Available


We’ve just learned that PlayOn is now available for Android. PlayOn is an established service that allows users to stream TV shows to supported devices. I’ve used it to stream episodes of Spongebob to my Xbox 360, but now I can do the same on any Android device.

Watch your favorite shows and movies on-demand on your Android phone. Here is a list of supported channels you get with PlayOn: Hulu, Netflix Instant Queue*, Comedy Central,*, CNN, CBS, ESPN, ESPN3,, SpikeTV, The Ultimate Fighter, Amazon VOD, TBS, BET, Adult Swim, Oprah Winfrey Network, Nick, PBS, PBS Kids, MTV, Vevo, and many more. New channels are being added continuously!

You’ll need to install a PlayOn server application on your PC, and Android 2.2 is required to get your shows on the go. The service does cost, but you’ll get a two week trial to check it out. Jump over to the Android market now and hit their website up for the media server if you want to give it a shot. [Thanks, PePe!]

[Update]: And now with a press release. Read on for more details.

Seattle – February 17, 2011
After months of Beta testing, MediaMall Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has officially launched support for Android devices. The free software update and free PlayOn™ Mobile app for Android 2.2 and higher are now available to PlayOn Premium customers, enabling users to stream online video and personal media with Adobe Flash technology from a networked PC to Android mobile devices over 3G or Wi-Fi. PlayOn’s media library contains video content from providers including Hulu (ABC, NBC, Fox, etc.), Amazon VOD, Netflix IQ, TBS, CBS, PBS, the Oprah Winfrey Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, ESPN3, NFL Rewind, MLB, MTV, VH1, Syfy, Spike,, The Ultimate Fighter and others.

“We’re pleased to add Android to our ever-growing list of compatible devices for streaming online video content,” states Jeff Lawrence, CEO of MediaMall Technologies. “Our goal is to make it easy for everyone to affordably access online video content using the screen of their choice. With support for Xbox 360, PlayStation3, Wii, Google TV, Roku, iOS, and now Android, among a multitude of other DLNA-compliant devices, PlayOn offers the most affordable one-stop solution for accessing online video content on your living room TV and mobile device.”

Existing PlayOn Premium customers may download the PlayOn Mobile app for free from the Android Marketplace. Those new to PlayOn can try it out free for 14 days, after which PlayOn and its full library of content, including updates for new channels and supported devices, can be purchased for $39.99 for the first year and $19.99 for each year thereafter.

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. In addition to Android, PlayOn also currently features mobile support for iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

For a full list of content providers and supported hardware platforms, and to try PlayOn for free, please visit:

About MediaMall Technologies
MediaMall Technologies was founded in 2003 to make it simple, affordable and fun to enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows and videos from the Internet on your TV. Its PlayOn software runs on Windows PCs and wirelessly streams Internet content to networked Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 gaming consoles, a wide range of DLNA-compliant devices connected to your TV, iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and Android v2.2 or higher. MediaMall operates with offices in New York, Seattle and Copenhagen and can be found online at

PlayOn is a trademark of MediaMall Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. Nah Slingbox ftw!

  2. huh what!? Never heard of this or slingbox. Do you still need a netflix sub in order to get service on playon?

  3. This is a great service I’ve been using for over a year to stream Hulu to XBOX/PS3. Also allows you to share media that’s on your PC. The fact that I can now view all that anywhere from my Android is just awesome!

    Much cheaper solution than sling, and also allows you to view all Hulu & PC content (plus a bunch of other networks).

    @melantus: yeah, you still need a netflix sub to play netflix stuff.

  4. So will this stream to your device when you are not on your homenetwork or only when you are are connected to it?

  5. Dont see it in market

  6. I checked the PlayOn site:

    Now that your device is “paired” with your PlayOn PC, you should now be able to watch PlayOn anywhere, either over Wi-Fi or 3G.

    With the 2.2 requirement, I think it’s time to start seriously testing out Nookie Froyo.

  7. too expensive imo.

    i have TV Shows Stream and that give me everything i could ever want for mad cheap compared to this

  8. Flash 10.1 is required, so no go on my HTC Hero. Yet Vevo and YouTube do just fine without Flash…..grr.

  9. Eh, ill stick to jetflicks! They are awesome and show specific as opposed to channel. And each show is broken down to seasons. Be it smallville, true blood, spartacus… whatever! Jetflicks is awesome!

  10. Jetflicks is very good and has quality content. However, this PlayOn solution offers access to more content than Jetflicks. Many people already have Netflix subscriptions for home viewing. PlayOn now opens up the entire Netflix instant streaming library for mobile viewing via 3g on an android device. In addition, PlayOn provides access to Hulu (with or without a Plus membership), along with the other tv content providers cited in the article, via your android device.

    Granted, it can start to get expensive quickly if you’re subscribing to all of these services…PlayOn $40/first year, $19.99/yr thereafter…Netflix $7.99/mo…Hulu Plus (again, not required to watch Hulu via PlayOn) $7.99/mo. However, if you’re like me and already subscribe to Netflix, Hulu Plus, and, you can pay $40/yr ($19.99 after first year) and get all of that content on the go via android.

    Jetflicks is $50/year by itself and the content is similar to the free content you’d get via PlayOn (Hulu, TBS, CBS, etc) for $40/first year & $20/yr thereafter. If you already subscribe to Netflix, PlayOn is clearly a better deal than Jetflicks, unless there is specific content you seek that you can get via Jetflicks, but not via PlayOn.

  11. Been using playon for a while. Works great.

  12. I wonder how long it will be before Hulu figures out how to block this too?

  13. @The_Omega_Man They can’t block it. because it streams to your PC first, and the stream in routed to your mobile device. Quite clever actually.

  14. I have PlayOn streaming video to my PS3 at home already, and have been using the mobile service through the web for a little while. Overall it’s great, but my one complaint about the mobile side is that I can only connect one time without having to reset my server connection. Every successive attempt fails to find my PC. If I’m trying to watch anything remotely (outside of my house) I don’t have the ability to reset the server, so I really hope they fix that soon.

  15. Hulu probably won’t block it. PlayOn has been around for some time now and I’ve been using it for a couple of years now to stream to PS3.

    I had already streamed from my PC running PlayOn using Allshare on my Epic (it’s just a DLNA compatible restreaming server), but I wouldn’t mind the better interface of a PlayOn dedicated app.

  16. I got a 30 day trial yesterday and can confirm that it works over Wifi and 3g. I have a droid x and can watch everything from anywhere I have 3g or wifi coverage. It streams as good or better than verizons nfl app. I can even watch my whole divx movie collection. Great app. Great service and for only $20 bucks a year its cheaper than cable or satellite.

    Hulu, netflix and more on android is awesome! Its a lot cheaper than jetflixs and the app is free.

  17. post the code! to go to the market.

  18. How does this work over xbox 360? Does it use media center ?

  19. you watch spongebob squarepants? WTH?

  20. Playon makes everying work…from ipad. Android and google the. Nice job. Worth the money

  21. This is not a true app, it just uses WebView to load which has been available for quite some time.

    How about making news postings about an app based on how the app is designed and performs and not based on the company releasing it. I’m sure you got excited when you saw the words PlayOn and app, but something native some of us have been waiting for, this is not.

  22. Im going to stick w/ its free and has lots of content

  23. I have the Samsung Epic 4g and have rooted it with the newest Viper Rom and I am having no problems with play on. I am really starting to like it a lot. The 40 start cost is a little steep but its only 20 after the first yr and you get a lot of content.

  24. @Ryan. It’s an app that does what it says. Who cares how it’s displayed. I can watch Hulu perfectly on my DroidX, because of the APP. Don’t be so technical, geez.

  25. @TatiG This is probably a stupid question; if it streams to your home computer first and then routes to your phone, does your home computer need to be on in order for it to work?

  26. Please please make a Mac version / such a pain in the ass to run this through parallels…. I have a PC that is using my shared airport connection but it’s not picking it up (can’t pair).

  27. @pank

    I emailed PlayOn about that yesterday and they said there are no plans right now for a mac version since they would have to build the program from the ground up.

    I just bought an imac and am getting parallels and W7 going…am I going to have issues?

  28. Quentyn – Can you add a video demonstrating how the streaming looks (say for netflix) on a phone? I found a 10+min youtube video on this, but he never actually streams video…

  29. I have been excited to try out this app, and recently tried the free trial. I absolutely love their Xbox integration, but this app needs much more work. I am a DISH Network employee/subscriber, and I have been using their Remote Access app to stream live TV, on demand content, and DVR recordings to my Android. Playon has a lot of catching up to do with this one!

  30. Works great on my 7-inch eLocity a7 tablet. The video is very smooth. Just remember you need froyo+ and a flash 10.1 capable device.

  31. TommyD how do you install this on an elocity a7. Can you explain and thank you ahead. : )

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