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Max Cpu & disconnect

I walked away from playon several months ago because, as hopeful of the idea of what Playon is supposed to do, the backend is still very clunky and inefficient.  Today, I reinstalled to see if any progress has been made over the past year and everything still looks the same. I just completed a fresh install of windows and installed ONLY playon on the pc.  2 things happened that are unexpected.  First, After installing playon and setting up all my channels, I restarted and made sure everything connected back up.  Then I installed the Playon on my Firestick and it couldn't find the server.  I opened it up on the pc and it said the server wasn't running and offered to start it.  I litterally just installed it 20 min prior and the server already shut off on it's own for some reason before I got to use anything for the first time.  I haven't even had time to mess up any settings, it's all stock and brand new. How could it already be having issues. Second, after restarting the server and getting playon going on my firestick, I pulled up AMC live and ran it for about 20 sec to make sure it worked.  It did.  Took about 90 seconds to start up and it started streaming.  But once I shut it down and exited all the way out of playon, I could still hear my PC running at full bore.  Again, it has playon and windows and nothing else is connected to is through the network.  This resource drain continued on until I finally restarted the pc.  I know the transcoding kicks in once I start playback but why does my pc keep running at full steam forever after im done and closed out of connected playon apps?

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    David S.

    Is the option to "automatically run media server on PC start" checked in the General tab of PlayOn Settings?

     

    As to continuing to use max CPU, to free up resources before the end of the video is reached by the server, you need to manually stop the server (at least if you don't want to start another video). The server runs as a background process, so only closing the PlayOn window won't make a difference. You need to stop the server via the PlayOn Settings or via the Services control panel (which is in Administrator Tools). The media server part of PlayOn is relatively simple, so it doesn't have the capability to tell if playback of the video has been stopped (e.g. from the server's perspective, it might only be paused) or even if the requesting app has been exited (although for Android and Fire TV devices, apps can continue running in the background).

     

    I'm not a MediaMall employee, but their support personnel don't often answer questions here, so I thought I would try to answer your questions.

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    Nick Pentell

    Thanks for the reply.  The second part makes sense, however that's not very efficient.  If I was clicking on a show and decided to watch a different one, it sounds like both shows would continue transcoding until finished even though I wasn't watching them both.  Oh, well.

    On the first part, I do have that option checked.  I guess I will have to put in a support request.  

     

    I just tried watching a show on the m.playon.tv site for the first time and got an error.  it was a #1009 error.  Other shows worked but Mr. Robot gave that error.  So it sounds like I will be submitting 2 support requests.  This is why I quit using PlayOn in the past.  I'm a IT Director and programmer.  This is a fresh install of windows that's all updated, firewall turned off, and PlayOn is the only thing I have installed on here. Also, no Antivirus.  And it's not even working right from the start.  Frustrating.

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    David S.

    You're welcome.

     

    I could be wrong about this, but I think the first video will stop transcoding if a second video is requested from the same device (but perhaps not if you cast to the first device from a second device). By the way, you can restart PlayOn remotely, which should stop all active transcodes (including active recordings though), by scrolling down to "Other" and selecting it, then PlayOn Settings ==> Server Options ==> Restart PlayOn ==> and then press the Play button, like if it were an actual video.

     

    As for failing to start automatically (on Windows startup), that actually seems to happen to me occasionally, but I've got many more apps installed than you do. I've been wondering if that's a bug in Windows itself. Besides, in my case, I don't remember the last time I used PlayOn to stream a video without recording it. (I usually use Plex for watching instead of PlayOn, since Plex has many more features as a media server.)

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