PlayOn is a video recorder and media server. The application can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which lets you start the application automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

Note: Not all features are available with PlayOn's free software.

PlayOn Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download PlayOn from the official website.

Install PlayOn. By default it installs to C:\Program Files (x86)\MediaMall.

Run PlayOn at least once to configure your preferences and add your accounts.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation.

  • Executable: The path to your PlayOn.exe file. The default path is C:\Program Files (x86)\MediaMall\PlayOn.exe.
  • Working Directory: The directory containing your PlayOn.exe file. The default path is C:\Program Files (x86)\MediaMall.
  • Parameters: None. Leave this field blank.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see PlayOn running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You must run PlayOn as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to PlayOn or specify which CPU or core PlayOn will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click on the Dependencies tab. Select MediaMallServer as a dependency from the first drop-down menu.

Now click OK to finish setup and start PlayOn!