Hacking Windows 7 Media Center

Expand Your Lineup with the PlayOn Plug-in Pack

by @ 8:58 am on May 26th, 2009 in plugins, programs with 9 Comments

logo Many Media Center enthusiasts have begun to supplement their viewing options with the PlayOn Digital Media Server. Using PlayOn along with one of the available plug-ins such as PlayIt or Tubecore you have instant access to your Netflix account, Amazon VOD, Hulu, CBS, ESPN and more using the default installation.

However, PlayOn’s media server also allows for plug-ins to add even more services to the lineup. A small community of plug-in creators have cropped up at playonplugins.com where you can find a number of plug-ins for the PlayOn server. You can also find information on developing you own PlayOn plug-ins or get support for any of the plug-ins available from the site.

PlayOn with PlayIt and Plugin Pack

Now, the same people who developed Tubecore are also providing a plug-in pack to extend the number of services provided through PlayOn. The pack comes with a convenient installer which will take care of setting up the plug-ins and restarting the PlayOn server to enable them. Once finished just open up Media Center and browse to your favorite PlayOn plug-in.

PlayOn Plugin Pack

Now you’ll see a number of additional options available including:

  • Adult Swim
  • Channel 9 Plugin – includes Channel9PluginLicense.rtf
  • Food Network
  • Game Trailers
  • HGTV
  • Local Files Plugin – makes files on your computer available within PlayOn
  • NBA
  • NFL
  • Revision3

You’ll also get support for podcasts with the following included:

  • ABC
  • ABC TV Good Game
  • Best of Tech
  • blip TV
  • Broken Pixels 1 Up Show
  • CBS
  • CNET
  • CNN
  • College Humor
  • Web Design
  • Discovery Channel
  • E Online
  • G4 TV
  • Geekbrief.tv
  • Miro HD (beta)
  • MLB
  • NASA
  • NBC Nightly News
  • Nick Jr.
  • PC Magazine
  • Skateboarding
  • TED Talks (has problems in this version)
  • The Onion
  • Cartoons
  • TWiT Network
  • VH1
  • Wired
  • Arizona Cardinals

Unfortunately, the installer doesn’t allow for the selection of which plug-ins you would like to have installed. To remove plug-ins that have been installed by the package you’ll need to open Windows Explorer and go to the MediaMall\Plugins folder in Program Files (x86 for 64-bit machines). Then locate the .plugin file for the plug-in you’d like to remove and delete that file. Afterward you’ll need to restart the PlayOn server.

MediaMall’s PlayOn software can also be used on your Media Center extender, with native support built-in to Xbox360 (as well as Playstation 3) or through one of the available Media Center plug-ins. Find our article on the PlayIt plug-in here if you haven’t installed your Media Center plug-in yet. PlayIt provides an excellent interface inside Media Center for using PlayOn Digital Media Server.


Comment #1502 from battles [Reply]


PlayOn was working fine in MCE until recently. Actually, it is still working fine for the most part, but now PlayOn is not downloading any content for Hulu. I see the tv show titles, but when I select them, the shows down’t download. Have you or anyone else experienced this problem?


Comment left June 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm Permanent Link
@Reply #1508 from Michael Healy [Reply]

I haven’t used it in a couple of days but I’ll check it out tomorrow. Hulu does updates quite frequently to try and defeat third party software but PlayOn usually has a patch soon after to fix the problem.

It’s really sort of a never ending battle at this point between Hulu and third parties like Boxee, PlayOn and the rest.

Comment left June 7, 2009 at 10:26 pm Permanent Link
Comment #2702 from fool [Reply]

It seems to be down at playonplugins.com XD

Comment left August 15, 2009 at 12:01 am Permanent Link
Comment #3501 from Lowel McGill [Reply]

I want to watch ESPN360 which is carried on my internet. Will your product allow me to watch this?



Comment left September 24, 2009 at 11:55 am Permanent Link
Comment #4090 from Eric Marcuz [Reply]

ESPN360 does have a supported plugin available with PlayOn. I have been extremely happy with PlayOn

Comment left October 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm Permanent Link

Comment #4234 from Anonymous [Reply]

I think this pack is outdated. Every one of the items in it dont work with the current version of PlayOn but a visit to playonplugins.com has all the current versions and lots of new one you can only get there.

Comment left October 26, 2009 at 12:56 am Permanent Link
Comment #38023 from woodworking patterns [Reply]

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Comment left April 9, 2011 at 11:34 am Permanent Link

Comment #64516 from Scott [Reply]

I’ve noticed the same issue as the blogger above. I get errors everytime I attempt to open almost any Hulu file. The error is:
“Request cannot be completed Media Play” will return you to the main screen.”
Does anyone have the solution? BTW- I am running the lifetime Premium membership.

Comment left March 4, 2012 at 7:41 am Permanent Link
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