PS3 Media Server

PS3 Media Server

What is PS3 Media Server?

PS3 Media Server is a cross platform (available for PC, Mac, and Linux) application that is a home theater PC server for your PS3.  What it does is index all your media and uses DLNA to stream that media back over to your PS3.  This is really awesome for those of you who have a PC with all your media on it, and a PS3 connected to your TV to serve up your media.  Although it is not as feature rich as some of the other options available for a full featured HTPC, it’s a great option for those of you who already have a PS3.

Can I use PS3 Media Server with your SABnzbd, SickBeard, and CouchPotato guides?

Of course you can!  Just be aware that you have to have these apps running on your server, and set the PS3 media server directory to wherever your content is downloaded.  Check below for setup info!

PS3 Media Server Setup guide:

  1. Download the appropriate version of PS3 Media Server from their Google Code site PS3 Media Server.
  2. After you have downloaded the appropriate version for your OS, extract and install it.
  3. Launch Ps3 Media Server.
  4. You will be greeted with a screen like the below
  5. PS3 Media Server No PS3 Found
  6. Once you get to this screen you’re going to want to go to the configuration tab and select whether you want it to start when you start your OS.  (suggested for dedicated PS3 Media servers)
  7. You also can select whether you want to force the server to an IP address, and if you want to prevent your workstation from sleeping while it is streaming.
  8. Then you want to go to the Navigation/Share settings tab.
  9. These are really all preference settings, but some settings I would suggest to make your media collection look awesome are the following: DVD ISO thumbnails on, Browse compressed archives (not necessary since SABnzbd should extract them for you, but if you have old files that are still zipped, this is necessary), hide file extensions, Show iTunes library (if you have music in there and are sharing), etc.
  10. Transcoding settings tab
  11. These are also really all by preference, but there are some things I would suggest like using DTS audio if you have a DTS (digital audio) capable receiver.  You might want to browse through these settings and really tweak them to your liking.  Feel free to PLEASE ask me below in the comments if you have any specific configuration questions.  I will be glad to assist.

PS3 Media Server in Conclusion

I think PS3 Media server is a great option for those of you with a PS3 and want to stream media.  My first experience into HTPC’s was with TVersity and my Xbox 360 around 5 years ago.  PS3 Media server pretty much picks up where Tversity left off for me, it was a welcoming experience.  I did have a few problems with my PS3 media server if working on different subnets, but I just assigned manual IP’s on the same subnet and it corrected that.  As mentioned above though, if you have any questions on settings or any tech support, please ask in the comments, I’ll be glad to help!

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