Main Line Commodore User Group


April 2010 Issue 335


MEETING STARTS - 09:30 -- APRIL 10th


NOTE: IN ROOM 110 !!!


It's one year later and for me, Internet TV has changed significantly from the presentation I made just over a year ago. It is a subject that is near and dear to me and takes up many of my waking hours as an avid hobby and source of entertainment. As you may recall, I've eschewed regular sources of TV including free over-the-air (OTA) to avoid the horrendous cost of watching one or two regular shows a week on multiple TV's.

It is my hope that this subject will interest you too. There's a lot of ground to cover. Having said that, it is my intention to minimize the roundtable discussion to JUST PROBLEMS during the first part of the meeting. If there is time and interest after the main presentation, we will continue the roundtable discussion with announcements. The main presentation will focus on the Internet media server for Windows called PlayOn. We will be running PlayOn on my MacBook's Vista OS to act as the DNLA/UPnP server. For demonstration purposes, the server will feed media content to a 24" LCD TV via a network connection to a WDTV Live box and a an HDMI connection from the box to the TV. Control of the media content will be by way of the WDTV remote control.

The presentation plan includes spending some time watching and discussing available content because without interesting and relatively good quality content there is not much point to or reason for this presentation. Once we have viewed some content and hopefully gotten your attention, we'll delve into the "nuts and bolts" of what you need to do to make Internet TV a feed source for your household TV's.

If time permits and there is interest, we can also discuss how to stream media content from PlayOn to other computers in your household using XBMC and its associated derivatives Boxee and Plex.


1) Club membership entitles you to receive a hard copy of the newsletter and access to our email list server, which is run for the benefit of our members. Please do not hesitate to post club and computer related notices and problems to it. If we can't solve your problem remotely, we can be alerted to it ahead of the monthly meeting where more hands-on may help resolve your problem.

2) A few of the regular attendees usually partake of lunch at the Country Squire Diner in Broomall near the intersection of Routes 3 and 320, and recently at the Campus Corner Restaurant near the intersection of Routes 30 and 320 just off the Villanova University campus. So, after the meeting, why not join us? It's an opportunity to get more help and to discuss our common interests.

3) Help MLCUG go ``Green''. We issue this newsletter by both electronic means through our email list server and in hardcopy format. If you find yourself not reading the hardcopy, PLEASE inform John D, the editor, so that you will only receive the electronic version.


Attendance: 7 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, March 13th. The lower than normal attendance was likely caused by the heavy rains that day.

Main Meeting Round Table Q&A: We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements, Rich T spoke about Turbo Tax and Amazon 3rd party issues and sought help with his Windows 7 networking problems and noted his Canon camera battery usage problem was related to a bad power switch; John M mentioned things that facilitated his overseas travel experience including magicJack and a Rosewill USB connected battery charger; Pat S noted the completion of his FiOS installation and sought recommendations to resolve a slow down in his Ethernet connectivity when using a switch, a Java/Javascript issue, and to replace his Dell laptop cooling fan; Marty C talked about Windows Secrets, Gizmo Richards, and noted an annoying change in the recent release of Thundrbird; and John D reiterated some of his email postings related to PlayOn and his new Windows 7 HP desktop PC.

Main Meeting Program: Peter W hosted our March main presentation on BitTorrent technology.

A summary of his presentation can be found at:

There you will find that his presentation covered several subtopics including "why use it", "how it works", system hardware and software requirements, features and limitations, usage guidelines, specialized software like Miro that helps you link to, download, and play legal media feeds via RSS and other methods, and the legal and illegal uses of bittorrent technology.


I thought I would include a section on web links related to some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and presentations. Hopefully, readers will find these links of value and interest.


Rosewill 4 Port USB International Travel Charger

Windows Secrets

Gizmo Richards' Alert Newsletter


TaxACT Tax Software Solution

SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK Thunderbird 3 (FREE email client)

Your Mail, Your Way "Customize Thunderbird however you want, whether it's to make you more productive or to make Thunderbird more fun. You can choose from hundreds of add-ons like Personas to change Thunderbird's look. You can now find and install new add-ons directly from the Add-ons Manager." _____

Miro (FREE, Linux, Mac, Windows)

Taglines: " Open-source, non-profit video player and podcast client."

"Torrents made easy, RSS made beautiful, with tons of gorgeous HD video." A Better Way to Watch. "Miro is the only internet TV you'll need -- it's an application that brings together thousands of shows from all over the web. There's TONS of great content, lots of it in HD, and fresh shows are added all the time. You can watch and organize video feeds when you're offline or traveling, find TV programs on sites like Hulu, and download from sites like YouTube. Miro downloads in HD, whenever it's available!"

PlayOn (Windows Internet Media Server)

Tagline: ``A revolutionary way to easily access thousands of your favorite movies, shows, sports, and more from the Internet, on-demand, on your TV.''

From PlayOn Press Kit Release...


PlayOn Powers Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Consoles to Stream Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon VOD, Cartoon Network and more on TV Popular Science Honors PlayOn with ``Best of What's New Award''

Seattle -- Nov. 12, 2009 -- MediaMall Technologies, Inc. today announced that its PlayOn software won Popular Science's ``Best of What's New Award'' in the Home Entertainment category. PlayOn brings high-quality and free movies, TV shows and video from the Internet to your living room TV through your networked Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) or DLNA-compliant device. PlayOn software is easy to download and run on a Windows PC anywhere in your home without messy cables, thanks to your wireless network. A free 14-day trial of PlayOn's full-featured software, which retails for a one-time fee of $39.99, is available online from

``For 22 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us ? those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what's possible in the future.'' said Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. ``The Best of What's New Award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners ? chosen from among thousands of entrants ? represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.''

``PlayOn makes it simple and affordable to enjoy a virtually endless number of movies, TV shows and other content on-demand from the Internet on your TV,'' said Jeff Lawrence, CEO of MediaMall Technologies. ``PlayOn's new My Media feature, which is in beta, enables you to also enjoy personal photos, music and videos from your PC on your TV.''

Popular Web-to-TV Content

PlayOn users are enjoying a huge variety of steaming content from the Internet -- including Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, CBS, ESPN and Amazon VOD -- right on their living room TVs. Fans can access even more content, from Food Network to Adult Swim and podcasts, by adding PlayOn plug-ins from third party developers.

Examples of free online programming currently available on TV for PlayOn users includes feature films from ``Bram Stoker's Dracula,'' to ``Air Force One'' and ``The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.'' Full episodes from ``Family Guy,'' ``The Office,'' ``House,'' ``The Simpsons'' and ``Saturday Night Live'' and more are also currently available.

About MediaMall Technologies

MediaMall Technologies was founded in 2003 to make it simple, affordable and fun to enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows and videos from the Internet on your TV. Its PlayOn software runs on Windows PCs and wirelessly streams Internet content to networked Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 gaming consoles and many DLNA compliant devices connected to your TV. MediaMall operates with offices in New York, Seattle and Copenhagen and can be found online at

PlayOn is a trademark of MediaMall Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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