Streaming media to the Playstation 3

This post is more-or-less what my last post started out as… before I got side-tracked explaining why I have a PS3 in the first place.

Shortly after getting the PS3 I started looking for a way to stream videos to it. I learnt that the PS3 requires a UPnP compatible media server and found this helpful blog post explaining how to setup MediaTomb.

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The MediaTomb download page has packages for various flavours of Linux, but none specifically for Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (which I run at home). Fortunely the Ubuntu Feisty Fawn package works fine.

After installing that package and following the instructions linked above I still had to make a few changes to the MediaTomb config file:

~/.mediatomb/config

to ensure that the PS3 could see my computer and play DivX files (a new feature of the recent PS3 v2.10 firmware update).

In the server section I had to add a few things including an explicit IP address (which will be different depending on your machine configuration):

<ip>192.168.0.3</ip>
<protocolInfo extend=”yes”/>

And a new mapping to the mappings section:

<map from=”avi” to=”video/x-divx”/>

I’m not sure why it needs an explicit mapping from file extension to MIME type; it seems like assuming that all AVI files contain DivX movies is a bad idea because it’s not always true. However, streaming wasn’t working otherwise. I didn’t look into it too deeply.

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