Watch Netflix, Hulu, ESPN and more via WHS

By installing the PlayOn Media Server onto your Windows Home Server (Service Pack 1 or later) you are then able to watch Netflix, Hulu, CBS, YouTube, CNN, ESPN and Revision3 amongst others on your PS3, Xbox 360, HP MediaSmart TV, Popcorn Hour or other UPnP/DLNA compliant device.

This is all done via the PlayOn software pulling RSS feeds from the content providers and then presenting them to your DLNA-compliant networked media devices. So how do we use it?

  1. You first have to install Windows Media Player 11 onto WHS and then disable Internet Explorers enhanced security configuration.
  2. Once complete you can then install the PlayOn Media Server onto WHS by using Remote Desktop.
  3. The PlayOn interface will then appear on your UPnP/DLNA device – Simple!

The software is free and fully functional for 14 days although after this, a one-time $39.99 licensing fee is required.

Please note that channels like Hulu and CBS, geographically restrict their viewers to within the United States.

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  1. Keith says:

    Ok – do you know if I install this on my WHS, can a remote PC stream Hulu, Youtube, etc. to my TV? The remote PC is running XP, but I could change that if necessary.

  2. Dave says:

    Anyone notice that Playon now has a minimum requirement of wmp9. Any benefit to rolling back to wmp10 for whs?

  3. I Have been using Playon from mediamall for over a year it has allowed me to cancel my cable and in return save over 1800 dollars i use a script called TV channels live that I downloaded from playonmonkeys.I just setup a windows server 2008 and it works great

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