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Version 2.59.3535

Released 04 September 2009

Features and Changes

  • Upgraded Wii functionality to accommodate latest Opera "Internet Channel" on the Wii.
  • Added seek back/forward controls to Wii interface.
  • Improved Wii detection logic for PC's with multiple active network interfaces.
  • Fixed Amazon VOD playback issues.
  • Fixed Netflix and CBS video widescreen distortion.
  • Fixed generic and Instant Queue video browsing that affected certain Netflix accounts.
  • Increased episode count cap for various services.
  • Fixed default browser launch for system tray notifications.
  • Fixed issue where My Media sharing may show 0 records.
  • Fixed issue where plugins may not show at PlayOn start.
  • Modified plugin loading to skip plugins that execute time-consuming operations at load.
  • Renamed "PlayOn Channel" to "PlayOn Info" to avoid confusion with "My Media".
  • Modified installer to allow installation on domain PC's that have local administrative rights but not network domain administrative rights.
Known Issues
  • My Media (Beta) currently supports limited audio and video codecs.
  • iTunes M4A music files won't play correctly to Xbox 360.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) A/V sync can be problematic.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3525

Released 26 August 2009

Features and Changes

  • Fixed ESPN listings.
  • Renamed "Shared Media" to "My Media".
Known Issues
  • My Media (Beta) currently supports limited audio and video codecs.
  • iTunes M4A music files won't play correctly to Xbox 360.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) A/V sync can be problematic.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3524

Released 25 August 2009

Features and Changes

  • Added "New Arrivals" for Netflix.
  • Fixed "Genre" browsing for most Netflix accounts.
  • Increased total allowed episode count for some TV shows.
Known Issues
  • Local Media Sharing (Beta) currently supports limited audio and video codecs.
  • iTunes M4A music files won't play correctly to Xbox 360.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) A/V sync can be problematic.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3518

Released 18 August 2009

Features and Changes

  • Including Wii Beta functionality (visit "playon.tv" from Wii Internet Channel).
  • Added full access to entire Netflix video library (Instant Queue still supported as well).
  • Removed Clips from CBS Late Night and added Popular and Recent in its place.
  • Fixed issue where some machines showed Netflix player on PC.
  • Local media sharing (beta) improved where on certain machines no files shown.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (beta) improved to message requirement to install Flash Player in IE, when necessary.
  • Plugins loaded in background so that main DLNA process is not blocked at startup.
  • Bandwidth test results should be more consistent for all users.
  • Fixed issue with D-Link DSM-750 where no videos could be played.
Known Issues
  • Local Media Sharing (Beta) currently supports limited audio and video codecs.
  • iTunes M4A music files won't play correctly to Xbox 360.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) A/V sync can be problematic.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3512

Released 12 August 2009

Features and Changes

  • Fixed Netflix and YouTube playback issue affecting minority of installations.
  • Now unofficially supported on Sony BRAVIA (DLNA compatible) TV's.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) reinstated for most (not all) PC configurations.
  • Fixed issue that caused stutter/freezing for some installations for PodCasts Plugin (www.playonplugins.com).
  • Fixed ESPN category listings.
  • Fixed CBS Late Night listings.
  • Mapped drives that correlate to network shares are converted to UNC paths ("\{PC}\{path}") for Media Sharing (Beta).
  • Fixed screen DPI issue for Plugins tab in PlayOn Settings, where Options button and Enable checkbox were not visible.
  • Improved error handling during media processing.
Known Issues
  • Local Media Sharing (Beta) currently supports limited audio and video codecs.
  • iTunes M4A music files won't play correctly to Xbox 360.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) A/V sync can be problematic.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3497

Released 29 July 2009

Features and Changes

  • Fixed Netflix Silverlight playback error messaging issue.
  • Fixed Desktop lockout issue.
Known Issues
  • Local Media Sharing (Beta) currently supports limited audio and video codecs.
  • iTunes M4A music files won't play correctly to Xbox 360.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3496

Released 28 July 2009

Features and Changes

  • Reset trial period to fresh 14 days for all new installations.
  • Added splash screen to PlayOn Settings.
  • Added local file scanning progress bar to PlayOn Settings.
  • Improvements to local file sharing (though still lots of known issues).
  • Fixed double folder issue.
  • Fixed quality settings bug for low quality streams.
  • Fixed bug in plugin logic where disabled plugins could block enabled plugins from showing up.
  • Added "PlayOn Settings" channel with updated issues and server restart option.
  • Added periodic update check for plugins from main PlayOn Server.
  • Fixed bug where licenses could be shown as incorrectly invalid.
  • Fixed update cleanup logic.
  • Reduced image sizes for oversized video thumbnails.
Known Issues
  • Local Media Sharing (Beta) currently supports limited audio and video codecs.
  • iTunes M4A music files won't play correctly to Xbox 360.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3460

Released 22 June 2009

Features and Changes

  • Reset trial period to fresh 14 days for all new installations.
  • Fixed Plugin API to use unique ID's for cached plugin settings.
  • Enabled automatic hotfix for required libraries for Local Media Sharing (Beta).
  • Fixed issue in PlayOn Settings where Apply dialog shown at startup when Local Media Sharing enabled.
  • Fixed browsing issue in some services.
Known Issues
  • Local Media Sharing (Beta) currently supports limited audio and video codecs.
  • iTunes M4A music files won't play correctly to Xbox 360.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3458

Released 20 June 2009

Features and Changes

  • Added Local Media Sharing (Beta), to play media files from the PC. Folders can be chosen in PlayOn Settings.
  • New Plugin API Existing plugins will not be compatible and will require modification.
  • Improved error messages for certain Netflix videos.
  • Fixed DLNA network error at end of all PS3 video playbacks.
  • Additional core changes in preparation for Wii support.
Known Issues
  • Local Media Sharing (Beta) currently supports limited audio and video codecs.
  • iTunes M4A music files won't play correctly to Xbox 360.
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3431

Released 24 May 2009

Features and Changes

  • Fixed update logic to avoid applying hotfix updates while watching a video (will be applicable for all future updates).
  • Fixed issue where DLNA errors could occur on browsing titles.
  • Changed "Update" text label for outdated plugins to be more prominent in PlayOn Settings.
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3428

Released 22 May 2009

Features and Changes

  • Improved error messaging when Flash player needs to be reinstalled.
  • Fixed issue where some videos could fail and require PlayOn restart to play a new video.
  • General service updates.
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3426

Released 19 May 2009

Features and Changes

  • Reorganized YouTube folder feeds.
  • Properly checking Windows version in installer.
  • Core changes in preparation for local media sharing.
  • Core changes in preparation for Wii support.
  • General service updates.
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3420

Released 13 May 2009

Features and Changes

  • Fixed Xbox 360 issue with end of video errors.
  • Allowing local file thumbnail URL's for plugin API.
  • Core changes to allow for direct MP3 local file sharing.
  • Showing incompatible plugins in PlayOn Settings with red text.
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3419

Released 11 May 2009

Features and Changes

  • Improved Xbox 360 fast forwarding handling.
  • Fixed Netflix bitrate resolution rollover issue for low performance settings.
  • Reduced unnecessary scratch space usage for long duration videos.
  • Improved memory usage.
  • Improved general error handling.
  • Fixed duration issue for DSM-520 where videos may end early.
  • Added CPU test button in PlayOn Settings.
  • Modified plugin tab in PlayOn Settings to show improved plugin overview.
  • Fixed "Options" button for plugins to correctly cache data when applied in PlayOn Settings.
  • Referenced .NET assemblies now loaded from plugin subdirectories.
  • Modified plugin API to allow read/write of ID's.
  • General service updates.
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3399

Released 22 April 2009

Features and Changes

  • Fixed Netflix login issue.
  • Fixed issue with parental control settings.
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3397

Released 20 April 2009

Features and Changes

  • Preliminary core changes to handle image and audio streams.
  • Fixed rare issue with Netflix video resolution determination.
  • General service updates.
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3395

Released 17 April 2009

Features and Changes

  • Modified plugin system to not disable plugins when they are incompatible with the latest version of PlayOn. Enabling and disabling of plugins must be done manually in PlayOn Settings.
  • General service updates.
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3392

Released 15 April 2009

Features and Changes

  • Core changes in preparation for Wii support and local file sharing support.
  • General service updates.
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3389

Released 12 April 2009

Features and Changes

  • Structural changes to Plugin API (still in alpha). New sample plugin and documentation available.
  • Released new Revision3 plugin (0.9.4.0).
  • Fixed startup and playback issue with PC system beeping.
  • Fixed issue where some installations expire too early.
  • Improved general services compatibility.
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3380

Released 04 April 2009

Features and Changes

  • Minor changes and fixes to Plugin API (still in alpha).
  • Fixed issue with YouTube videos occasionally failing.
  • Improved general services compatibility.
  • Released new Revision3 plugin (0.9.3.0).
  • Added preliminary version of CPU benchmarking check in PlayOn Settings. To test your PC, close all CPU-intensive processes (including the PlayOn server), and click on the colored CPU status panel on the "System Check" tab.
  • Core changes in preperation for Wii support (coming soon).
Known Issues
  • Amazon Video on Demand (Beta) temporarily unavailable.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3370

Released 24 March 2009

Features and Changes

  • Updated Plugin API in preparation for publication (still in alpha).
  • Fixed ESPN root folder issue.
  • Fixed online service compatibility updates.
  • Fixed bug which sometimes displayed lower resolution videos when higher resolution videos available.
  • Released new Revision3 plugin (0.9.2.0).
  • Upgraded PlayOn Settings to .NET 2.0.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3359

Released 13 March 2009

Features and Changes

  • New plugin framework (still in alpha). The 0.9.0.0 Revision3 plugin must be upgraded to version 0.9.1.0.
  • Fixed a bug in auto-patch functionality. (Unfortunately, 2.59.3359 is not available as a hotfix.)
  • Created a new (beta) "patch installer" tool, for existing PlayOn installations to upgrade to the latest version, instead of needing to download the full installer.
  • Fixed numerous bugs with Amazon VOD (still in beta), including adding subfolders for episodic shows.
  • Fixed ESPN.
  • Miscellaneous fixes for some video services that were not working.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3357

Released 11 March 2009

Features and Changes

  • Fixes for Amazon VOD (still in beta), notably logins and video library logic.
  • Improvements for hotfix auto-updates for future version updates.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Changes to a given Hulu Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3352

Released 06 March 2009

Features and Changes

  • Added Amazon Video on Demand (Beta). Requires an Amazon account and videos added to user video library through PC browser.
  • Added alpha version of PlayOn Plugin architecture. Revision3 plugin available for download and installation.
  • Added "Plugin" tab in PlayOn Settings to view and manage plugins.
  • Reduced refresh period from 10 minutes to 1 minute for Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser to be reflected through PlayOn.
  • Minor improvements to diagnostic log information for support requests.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Changes to a given Hulu Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3343

Released 25 February 2009

Features and Changes

  • Server now automatically restarts every 24 hours during inactivity to mitigate memory usage.
  • Added CBS "Late Night" programming.
  • Fixed issue where certain Netflix videos could not play.
  • Fixed ESPN.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Changes to a given Hulu Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3336

Released 17 February 2009

Features and Changes

  • Improved Netflix logic for IE6 installations.
  • Fixed issue with RSS-based feeds.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Changes to a given Hulu Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3330

Released 13 February 2009

Features and Changes

  • Fixed issue where selecting a given video may repeat the most recently watched video instead of the chosen video.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Changes to a given Hulu Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

Version 2.59.3327 (automatic hotfix to 2.59.3318 installer)

Released 08 February 2009

Features and Changes

  • Improved bandwidth detection algorithm in PlayOn Settings. Bandwidth results now correlate directly to their equivalent maximum video performance level, which can still be overridden manually in PlayOn Settings.
  • Fixed issue with automatically choosing correct online video resolutions.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Changes to a given Hulu Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

 

Version 2.59.3318

Released 01 February 2009

Features and Changes

  • This is the first official release of PlayOn!
  • Reset the trial period to a fresh 14 days.
  • Fixed Netflix issue where videos may not play depending on performance setting in PlayOn Settings.
  • Fixed issue with Administrator check in installer.
  • Fixed issue with .NET 2.0 prerequisite check in installer.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Changes to a given Hulu Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

 

Version 2.59.3302

Released 15 January 2009

Features and Changes

  • This is release candidate 6.
  • Reset the trial period to a fresh 14 days.
  • No new features since version 2.59.3296.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Changes to a given Hulu Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

 

Version 2.59.3296

Released 8 January 2009

Features and Changes

  • This is release candidate 5.
  • Fixed ESPN, and added widescreen and categorized ESPN videos.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Changes to a given Hulu Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).
  • YouTube subscriptions and playlists are limited to 50 videos.

 

Version 2.59.3290

Released 4 January 2009

Features and Changes

  • This is release candidate 4.
  • Improvements to Netflix login and queue retrieval, especially for systems with Internet Explorer 6 (though IE 7 is still highly recommended).
  • Reduced chances for faulty or corrupt playback for Netflix videos.
  • Added custom error messaging to help users identify specific problems when they occur.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Changes to a given Hulu Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).

 

Version 2.59.3274

Released 19 December 2008

Features and Changes

  • This is release candidate 3.
  • Checking for proper .NET 2.0 SP 1 prerequisites on installation.
  • Fixed CBS feeds.
  • Fixed Netflix episode mismatches for television series.
  • Handling CNN clips that do not have associated ads.
  • DLNA CDS compliance improvements.
  • Windows Home Server/Windows Server 2003 fixes for Netflix.
  • Fix for some videos ending early on Xbox 360.
  • Continuing improvements for "resume" functionality on Xbox 360.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser as well as PlayOn Netflix access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Hulu Queue entries with expired items will fail to play, and changes to a given Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100 maximum).

 

Version 2.59.3268

Released 11 December 2008

Features and Changes

  • This is release candidate 2.
  • Added CNN and CNN Money content providers.
  • Increased maximum video count in YouTube folders from 50 to 150.
  • YouTube fixed for non-US residents.
  • Increased size of PlayOn Settings text area for YouTube usernames.
  • Improved Netflix account issues for Internet Explorer 6 installations, though IE 7 is highly recommended.
  • Ported server application to .NET 2.0.
  • Installer fixed to allow Windows 7.
  • Fixes for 64-bit Windows installations.
  • Improvements for "resume" functionality on Xbox 360 (additional improvements will follow in subsequent releases).
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser as well as PlayOn Netflix access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Hulu Queue entries with expired items will fail to play, and changes to a given Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100).

 

Version 2.58.3248

Released 22 November 2008

Features and Changes

  • This is the official first release candidate.
  • Trial period reset to 14 days for all installations.
  • PlayOn system tray icon no longer requires Vista UAC elevation, and allows right-click starting/stopping of server.
  • Support requests now include potentially useful system information to help users diagnose technical problems.
  • Netflix Instant Queue recategorized to list first 50 movies, genre, and alphabetical folders.
  • CBS programming now lists Full Episodes and Clips separately.
  • Excessive buffering times reduced for Popcorn Hour (note this device is not yet officially supported).
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser Netflix access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Silverlight beta testers may not be able to play videos from their Netflix accounts through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Hulu Queue entries with expired items will fail to play, and changes to a given Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Samsung LNXXA750 TV's unable to play any content (this will likely be addressed in a patch).
  • Unable to install on Windows 7 (will be fixed in next release).
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100) and YouTube (50).

 

Version 2.58.3228 (2.58.3239)

Released 1 November 2008 - autopatch to version 2.58.3239 applied 12 November 2008

Features and Changes

  • Netflix Instant Queues with more than 100 entries now supported.
  • Netflix queue and error handling improved.
  • New PlayOn logo.
  • Hulu Queue support added, with login details in PlayOn Settings.
  • Hulu 480p videos supported, when available (also requires "Medium" or higher Video Performance setting in PlayOn Settings).
  • Hulu episodes should no longer be limited to 16 entries.
  • ESPN handling improved to avoid potential CPU spike.
  • PlayOn Settings layout improved.
  • "Auto" Video Performance setting logic improved.
  • Miscellaneous general product improvements.
Known Issues
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser Netflix access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Silverlight beta testers will not be able to play videos from their Netflix accounts through PlayOn.
  • Netflix Instant Queue changes through PC browser may take up to 10 minutes to be reflected through PlayOn. Restarting the server will force an update.
  • Hulu Queue entries with expired items will fail to play, and changes to a given Queue may not be immediately reflected through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • System tray icon requires Vista UAC elevation confirmation at PC startup if set to always show.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for CBS (100) and YouTube (50).

 

Version 2.58.3211 (2.58.3217)

Released 16 October 2008 - autopatch to version 2.58.3217 applied 30 October 2008

Features and Changes

  • Netflix queue issues improved.
  • Lowest quality Netflix videos now available, for those users with low broadband connection.
  • Starz widescreen movies from Netflix now display with correct aspect ratio.
  • Added "Auto" feature for video performance (this setting is recommended for most users).
  • Users can elect in PlayOn Settings to enable or disable full video processing when they stop or pause the most recently played video for more than 5 minutes.
  • Supporting PLAYSTATION 3 firmware upgrade 2.50.
  • HP MediaSmart playback fixes.
  • Internet Explorer 7 no longer required.
  • Reduced volume on advertisements.
  • PlayOn Settings layout improved.
  • Removed Local Media Sharing "Coming soon" tab in PlayOn Settings, to avoid confusion for why the tab is disabled (local media sharing still planned for a future release).
  • Trial period reduced to 21 days, and everyone reset to a new trial period.
  • Miscellaneous general product improvements.
Known Issues
  • Netflix Instant Queue cannot list movies beyond 95 entries.
  • Netflix video sessions not properly closed in all cases, which may block PC browser Netflix access for up to 2 hours after starting a Netflix movie through PlayOn.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • System tray icon requires Vista UAC elevation confirmation at PC startup if set to always show.
  • Videos are missing in the total counts for a number of content providers.

 

Version 2.58.3196

Released 1 October 2008

Features and Changes

  • Netflix queue issues improved dramatically.
  • Improved Netflix performance slightly, so movies should start playing a second or two sooner.
  • Fixed issue where some Netflix movies were showing in black and white.
  • New preliminary changes to help support D-Link DSM-520 (however, more changes are required to officially support this device).
  • Added informational diagnostics in PlayOn Settings to test PC for minimum requirements and potential issues.
  • General product improvements and bug fixes.
Known Issues
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • System tray icon requires Vista UAC elevation confirmation at PC startup if set to always show.
  • CBS episodes can in certain cases not be listed after 100 entries.
  • Hulu may only return a handful of video entries.
  • YouTube may show only up to 50 records in certain cases.
  • Advertisements often do not have normalized volume.

 

Version 2.58.3190

Released 25 September 2008

Features and Changes

  • Added Netflix service capability (requires Netflix account with videos added to user's "Instant Queue").
  • Trial period now 45 days (existing installations should reset and have 45 new days as well).
  • Connection errors issue on Xbox 360 improved.
  • "Low" and "Medium" quality setting now won't prematurely stop video playback.
  • General product improvements and bug fixes.
Known Issues
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • System tray icon requires Vista UAC elevation confirmation at PC startup if set to always show.
  • CBS episodes can in certain cases not be listed after 100 entries.
  • Hulu may only return a handful of video entries.

 

Version 2.58.3188

Released 23 September 2008

Features and Changes

  • General product improvements and bug fixes.
  • Fixed issue where video would stop completely when first ad should play.
  • On PS3, moved all service providers under single PlayOn server.
Known Issues
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • System tray icon requires Vista UAC elevation confirmation at PC startup if set to always show.
  • CBS episodes can in certain cases not be listed after 100 entries.
  • In some cases, Hulu may only return a handful of video entries.

 

Version 2.58.3181

Released 16 September 2008

Features and Changes

  • Fundamental improvements to Hulu feeds. EDIT: Hulu feeds are currently nonoperational for most users in this version.
Known Issues
  • Hulu feeds not working in the majority of cases.
  • Memory usage can increase over time (we recommend restarting the server regularly until this issue is resolved).
  • System tray icon requires Vista UAC elevation confirmation at PC startup if set to always show.
  • Known issues from version 2.58.3176 below still apply.

 

Version 2.58.3176

Released 11 September 2008

Features and Changes

  • Improvements to Hulu feed stability.
  • Support requests are a little easier to submit, and don't require sending a direct email.
  • PlayOn Settings Manager can no longer block system reboot/shutdown/logout.
  • Auto-update "hot-fix" behavior improved when errors are encountered during download.
Known Issues
  • In some cases, Hulu may only return a handful of video entries.
  • Netflix and Hulu user queues and subscriptions are not yet enabled. Hulu standard videos are however still available.