I came across PlayOn when I was looking for more ways to stream media to my PS3. Mainly I wanted a way to watch my Amazon Video On Demand (VOD) media on my PS3. PlayOn is a software program that runs on your Windows PC, giving you access to a wide range of Internet content on your TV — Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon VOD, and many others.
PlayOn also enables you to stream your personal videos, photos and music from your PC to your home entertainment center. It takes less than 3 minutes to set up. Here is a list of the minimum Requirements:
- Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later), Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2003/Windows Home Server (Service Pack 1 or later). 64-bit versions of Windows are also supported.
- Windows Internet Explorer 7 or later
- Windows Media Player 9 or later
- Pentium 4 3.2+ GHz, Pentium M 2.0+ GHz, or any multi-core x86 processor
- 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended but I had much better performance with 2GB)
- 100 MB of available disk space for installation, plus recommended 4-5 GB extra space on the same drive where Windows is installed
- Internet broadband connection of at least 1.5 Mbps, and home network with wired, powerline, or 802.11n connections (I would recommend that you have the server on a hard wire. A gigabit network really helps)
I had the system set up in Virtual Box running windows XP pro. PlayOn Ran pretty choppy until I moved the ram up to 2GB and gave it 2 of the processors. I found the system to really be hard on the processors. One processor was almost always pinned. I would consider running this on your I7 media server, that should give you all the horsepower you need.
There is a huge amount of media that you can get though PlayOn server. The PlayOn Premium is Free to try for 14 days then you can pay a one time fee of $79.99 for life or $39.99 for the first year and $19.99 a year after the first one. It is really cheap when you consider the content you get.
Take a look at the promotional Video.
There are also lots of 3rd party add ons that give you even more content. This could be a cheap replacement for Cable TV or your Dish.