TVersity and PlayOn troubleshooting tips

TVersity and PlayOn troubleshooting tips.

Here I will post up any useful tips I’ve found for these two apps as I progress through.

Where can I get the server for free?

Download 1.9.7 Free Server here for PlayBook Application Users

Download 1.9.6 Free Server here for PlayBook Application Users

Download Older Free Servers here for PlayBook Application Users

What is this app made for?

Mostly, this app is used for convenient dedicated access to TVersity so you can stream videos from your PC to your PlayBook with minimal effort.  Really thats the number one purpose behind this application.

Can I do this all for free?

Yes.  This application is optional.  You can use the flash media folder to access the TVersity folder over your browser.  Or you can use to access your PlayOn account.  Purchasing this application is optional.

What Servers Work?

Tested and confirmed working:

PlayOn through mobile port




Tested and confirmed not-working:

AIR Server

PS3 Media Server

Post here and recommend more!

What about DLNA?

Currently, DLNA is not supported.  It requires more than a server front end for management.  I’ve helped a few developers in working on DLNA servers with uPNP and UDP port discovery.  However it is in its infancy.  There is a rumour DLNA will be available in OS2 (will be interesting to see that happen).

How do I get a refund?

You can contact with a copy of your order number to obtain a refund.

Where does the money go?

1)  I often get asked where the money goes for this application.  And I have a lengthy post explaining most of it here.  However, in truth, a lot of the money used on this project gets recycled.

In the last two months I have given out 100$ in prizes for app submissions from other developers.

I have donated an additional 100$ in the development of emulator projects.

I have provided PlayBooks to some junior developers to bring apps to the PlayBook.

I have used the money to fund my other apps for free on the PlayBook.

The money does go to my servers, systems, software licenses and test software.

With that all said, I know the price is high for some people.  If you wish for a refund, please contact me or send your order information to with a request for a refund.

TVersity > How to control video playback

By default the application will hide the video playback buttons.  Just touch near the bottom of the video to access the controls.

TVersity > Enabling subtitles

To enable subtitles, use the FFDShow application to customize your audio settings.

TVersity > Videos have no sound

1)  Often caused by the FFDShow on your system.  Update to the latest FFDShow at this url:

 2)  You must have an audio driver installed.  If you are using a server, it needs to have an audio card in order for the FFDShow to pick up on it.

PlayOn > Using PlayOn over a WAN

You should be able to use PlayOn over WAN in the latest relase by first accessing PlayOn on your PlayBook while on the same network as your PC.  And then using the application to access PlayOn outside of your network.  This setting will be “forgotten” when you delete the application.

PlayOn > Netflix says no videos are found when you pick a category

The PlayOn team has a major issue with the current release for some Canadian subscribers.  You need to manually update your PlayOn service to fix this.  And if you have any hiccups at all, I recommend contacting them directly and then letting me know about it so I can help to expidite a solution for you.  Get the patched server here:

PlayOn > SilverLight needs to be re-installed

It looks like you updated to Silverlight v5. Netflix has issues with Silverlight v5, unfortunately. They still use version 4. Please uninstall Microsoft Silverlight and reboot the PC. Once the PC is started again, don’t install Silverlight. Just open Internet Explorer (*not* any other browser, like Firefox or Chrome) and browse to this URL:


Let Netflix install the Silverlight plugin it wants to use. Once that video can be played, try playing it through PlayOn.

Do not update the Silverlight plugin.

TWonky > How do I start a movie?

You have to double-press a video file to launch a movie. Because its in a flash element, it may also need to to double click more than once (once to activate the flash element, once to launch it).  It is for this reason I’m recommending against TWonky but technically, it works.

– Ed.