Wednesday, August 25, 2010

HULU (and more) on your iPad

If you have an iPad and wonder if you can watch HULU on it, check out PlayOn. They developed a product that enables you to stream tv content onto several devices in your home. PlayOn is an HTML5 viewer that streams from your PC, so you wouldn't find it on the App Store.

The bad news is that they do charge for their product, but I found their fee to be pretty reasonable (check out both annual and lifetime subscriptions).
The great news is that they offers a 14 days trial, so you can easily check this out and see if it is for you.
At the moment PlayOn is officially supported only on the iPhone, but they are developing also an iPad version.
If you are impatient like me, and you have some passion for hacking, I can help you make PlayOn work on your iPad.
Here are the steps you will need to follow in your first set up:

  1. Install PlayOn on a computer. Your computer will be streaming tv content to your iDevices connected to the same wifi network.
  2. Get the IP address of your computer and append ":54479/index.html"
  3. You should end up with an address that looks like this:
  4. Open that address on Safari on your iPad.
You can bookmark the location, so you can easily return to it.
Unfortunately the last digit of the may changes when you reboot your computer. So, if the last address doesn't work, try changing the last digit with numbers 0-9. One of them should work, and give you back the access to your PlayOn


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