D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Media Mall Technologies’ PlayOn Beta

Saturday, August 30, 2008 5:52 PM

Yag (Yair Alan Griver) put up some tweets* last night about about a new beta software offering called PlayOn from Media Mall Technologies, and it sounded interesting so I thought I’d check it out.

Here’s the general idea: Media Mall acts as a video source for your PS3 or (in my case) XBox 360. It then allows you to browse various channel content, including ESPN, Hulu, and YouTube. More on the offerings later, but let’s talk about setting this up.

I hit the download page and got the latest version.

Ran the installer.

Turned on my 360, hit the video area, changed my video source to be the PlayOn option that magically appeared…

and literally that was it! I was able to browse through ESPN stories or YouTube videos on my TV via my 360!

The only bit of configuration I had to do was to list the users on YouTube that I wanted to watch videos of…otherwise you get access to the typical listing of most recent, most viewed, most commented, etc. (which is still a big and ever changing list).

So is all perfect? Well, unfortunately its not all smiles…but that’s because of where I live. When you look at the channel listings on the 360, you see CBS, CNN, ESPN, Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube.

CNN and Netflix are both coming soon.

CBS and Hulu aren’t available outside the US.

Which leaves ESPN and YouTube for now. Once the product comes out of Beta, hopefully they’ll have more offerings for those outside the US (like maybe a CTV feed or something of the like).

Still, its a very kewl new application that bridges the living room and the internet a bit more.



# re: Media Mall Technologies’ PlayOn Beta

Microsoft has partnered with Netflix to allow the 360 to consume/store on demand movies.

The fall update for the 360 will have this new feature as well a brand new dashboard. This is one of the reasons why MS now sells 360's with a standard 60GB drive rather than the 20GB.

You can read about the update here http://gizmodo.com/5025122/xbox-360-fall-dashboard-update-details.

And the Netflix deal here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/14/xbox-360-netflix-steaming_n_112655.html
8/31/2008 11:23 AM | William

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