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More PS3 Media Streaming Information

It appears that a lot of people are trying to figure out how to get media streaming to work for the PS3. I figured I would add a bit more information to my previous post on this topic.

Again, I highly recommend getting a 802.11n access point configured. It will make your life much easier. The PS3 internal WiFi card only support 802.11g. With 2 802.11n access points, you plug an ethernet cable from the PS3 to the 802.11n access point. The other access point is then connected via an ethernet cable to your router (or if you have an 802.11n router… you only need one).

Basically your setup would look like this:


This set up will give you a nice solid connection between your PC and your PS3. If you can actually run a wire, you’ll be better off, but 802.11n is close enough. If you do decide to use 802.11g, you really need to read that previous entry that I posted. You’re basically shooting yourself in the foot. You also need to make sure you have the latest system update. Since you should have at least a basic connection at this point, that shouldn’t be an issue.

Now, if you don’t have control over the types of media you’re trying to stream, you need to stop reading here and go look into something that does transcoding on the fly. If you’re trying this on Linux, you can try to use PS3 Media Server. Personally, I thought it was junk. If you’re on Windows, Some people say TVersity is the way to go. I don’t use these methods. I encode all of my own media so I can guarantee I have a decent copy. I encode all of the director’s commentary tracks into my M4Vs (you can select the track in the PS3 playback menu) and I make sure they’re at a quality level that is acceptable to me. If you’re pirating video off the of Internet, you probably don’t have this luxury.

If you are going to use 802.11g, you MUST use the AVI container. You will not be able to use the MP4 (a.k.a. M4V) container. The PS3 supports DivX video and MP3 audio content inside of the AVI container. On WiFi G, that is your only option.

If you use 802.11n or a wired connection, you have a few more options. My recommendation would be to use the M4V container with h.264 encoding. The only problem with encoding using h.264 is that it is the encode process is REALLY slow. However, M4V is quickly becoming the standard and AVI is fading away. If you encode all of your movies in AVI format, you’re going to be upset when it’s obsolete in a few years. Might as well plan for the future so you don’t have to reencode everything later.

If you’re downloading movies from the Internet, you need to make sure they’re in the appropriate format. If there’s DRM attached to those movies, you may have issues. None of my M4V files have DRM (I avoid it like the plague), so if that’s the case for you… good luck.

OK, so now we’ll assume you have one of the following types of files:

1. An AVI containing DivX encoded video and MP3 encoded audio.
2. An MP4 containing h.264 encoded video and AAC encoded audio.

So first things first, set up your PS3. If you’re going to use DivX, you’ll need to make sure it’s enabled in the XMB (a.k.a. the PS3 menu). In the XMB, go to Settings -> System Settings and you should have a DivX option in there. Make sure it’s enabled and you have the required code. There’s other options in there to enable WMA playback as well. That’s all you need for your PS3.

Now for the computer: You need a DLNA server.

For Windows: There’s tons of them. I know for a fact that SimpleCenter works quite well with the PS3. That said, just about any DLNA server should work if you don’t like the SimpleCenter interface. I’m pretty sure that Windows Media Player has some DLNA options as well, but I haven’t used them.

For Linux: Ubuntu users have it easy. mediatomb can be installed via Synaptic or just using Applications -> Add/Remove… There’s a couple of others. I tried 3 or 4 of them. mediatomb is the most stable. There’s a list of binaries for other distributions on the mediatomb download page. It may even be in your package manager as well. For the PS3, there’s one change you need to make to the mediatomb configuration file.

Next, you need to point them to the location of your media files. Once you’ve done that, go back to your PS3 and go to “Video” in the XMB. You should see your media server listed in the menu already. Go into the media server and select whatever is you want to watch or listen to.

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  1. Jason
    August 24th, 2009 at 18:39 | #1

    Another solid DLNA server to check out is FUPPES.

    At the time I set up my PS3, it was one of the only DLNA servers I could find that allowed for FLAC transcoding.

  2. MostlyWater
    February 13th, 2011 at 16:20 | #2

    Instead of a wireless access point connected to the PS3 via ethernet cable, how about a wifi n dongle-type adapter plugged into the PS3′s USB port?

  1. June 9th, 2009 at 18:58 | #1