Archive | February 17, 2011

Plex plays your local media, Hulu, Netflix on Android Devices, works on Nook Color

There is now a new (and much better) way of playing your local media, Hulu, Netflix on your Android device, thanks to Plex.

Initially based on XBMC open code (same as Boxee / Boxee Box) Plex extends now outside MAC environment and is compatible with both Mac / Windows (as of yesterday).
Plex was available for some time on iOS devices (including the jailbroken Apple TV 2) but now their app works on Android hardware and sometime this year it is scheduled to arrive on 2011 LG TV and Blu-ray devices.
How does it work? You’ll need to download the server software (free) for your PC / MAC and buy the actual client that costs $4.99 (for both iOS / Android). A certainly cheaper way to enjoy your media than, for example PlayOn that will set you back several times more money than Plex.
Plex Android version is currently available on Android Market and requires Android 1.6 and up (PlayOn for Android also recently launched requires 2.2).

Update:  The Netflix / Hulu and other plug-ins are only available if you have a MAC server version at this point, but PC updates should come soon.

PlayOn Android client released, supports Netflix and more

Announced some time last year, the PlayOn app for Android devices finally sees the light of day. Why is important? Because as of now, it is the only way to bring Netflix streaming to Android, without being required to get one of the new devices based on the upcoming processors, supporting DRM in hardware.

In order to use the Android PlayOn client (which by itself is free), you’ll have to get PlayOn Premium subscription which as of now is $79.99 for life, $19.99 if you prefer to pay yearly and $54.99 if you already have the PlayOn basic version. Is it worth it? Really depends how important is for you to play Hulu (not Plus), Netflix, TBS, CBS, Amazon VOD, SyFy, etc on your Android Phone. PlayOn also supports video streaming to PS3 and XBOX 360 as well as iOS hardware.

PlayOn for Android requires Android 2.2 and higher so if you want to use it with your Nook Color, you’ll have to upgrade. I’ll play a little bit with it and write some instructions soon. Meantime, here is the link to download it.

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