[mythtv-users] Interesting Reading: Windows Secrets reviews AppleTV and GoogleTV

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Thu Dec 9 20:03:50 UTC 2010

On Thursday, December 09, 2010 12:51:13 pm Brian Fischer wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM, Raymond Wagner <raymond at wagnerrp.com> 
> > I've always been a bit leery of PlayOn. Many of the sites they
> > access use encryption to limit access to the content to the
> > official player, outputting directly to a display. PlayOn bypasses
> > this encryption, transcodes, and then sends it out the video
> > insecurely over UPNP. Say what you want about allowances for
> > inter-compatibility, strictly speaking, they are violating the
> > DMCA, and they are doing so without consent. The fact that they're
> > a commercial, for-profit entity makes them seem like a ripe
> > target.
> I was wondering the same thing regarding PlayOn and TVersity.  They
> claim to be no different than Boxee, but Boxee does not "transcode".
> I would stay away from the expensive lifetime subscription due to
> this...

"Expensive" is a relative term, even if you go with the "lifetime" 
option, it's still cheaper than any other option to watch Netflix 
streaming, assuming you already have something that will play UPnP/DLNA 
exports (Xbox-360, PS3, Wii and many others), or a software "solution".

And PlayOn is honest enough to say that "lifetime"  refers to the 
lifetime of the product, not the purchaser.

> On another note, is anyone using PlayOn/TVersity to serve VDPAU
> compatible video to a Linux host?  I have done a few tests on my Acer
> Revo, but have not found a solution to "force" the video type with
> PlayOn.

Haven't tried, have no reason to do so, except as a "proof of concept" 

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