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Showtime PS3 Media Player 4.0 Stable and Testing Builds Released


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97w ago - Following up on the previous release, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Andreas Oman has updated the Showtime PS3 Media Player Stable and Testing Builds to version 4.0 alongside a DEX port with the changes outlined below:

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Showtime 4.0 is finally released.

Some highlights:

  • New UI design
  • Self upgrade of both Showtime itself (only on PS3) and all plugins (all platforms)
  • Automatically load metadata from themoviedb.org
  • Improved support for subtitles (in particular external ASS/SSA files and vobsub files)
  • Support for on screen keyboard on PS3
  • Buttons on PS3 dual shock controller have changed their meaning a bit: See [Register or Login to view links] for details
  • Each focusable item have a dedicated popup menu (Use □ button on dual shock controller for this)
  • File browsing will sort folders first and then files. Sorting can be adjusted in the per page menu (△ on dual shock controller)
  • Lots of bug fixes
  • ... + more stuff I've forgotten

Try it out! See you soon.

Showtime 4.0 for DEX Changelog:

  • Install "Showtime 04.00.000 [DEX].pkg"
  • Start it from "TV/Video" column - it will return to XMB after initial processing (it will happen only the first time you start it after installation)
  • Start it again and enjoy andoma's great work

PS3 usage guide

Getting started

For a full featureset of Showtime see lonelycoder.com/showtime

Video output

Showtime on PS3 has been tested with 576i, 720p and 1080i video resolutions.

I've tried to set reasonable defaults for overscan compensation. But if it not correct for you it can be adjusted under Settings -> Display and UI settings

Buttons on dual shock controller

Note: In some regions the ✕ and ○ buttons are swapped. This is also done in Showtime.

Keyboard

  • Plugging in a standard keyboard in the PS3 USB port works and is currently the only way to input characters.
  • Press ✕ in a text box to bring up on screen keyboard





Showtime PS3 Media Player 4.0 Changelog:

4.0

Say hello to Showtime 4.0

3.99.608

ps3: Replace XMB icon to new one by Mike S (thanks dude!)

The pkg needs to be reinstalled for this to take effect

3.99.605

Pass filename without file ending to metadata lookup functions. Avoids the file ending reappearing if lookup failes or is disabled

3.99.604

Fix problem with bad clock from AVI files. This caused subtitles to appear multiple times. Fixes #1170

3.99.582

Notify user on home screen if a new version of Showtime is available.

This feature can be turned off under Settings -> General

3.99.580

Work on metadata lookup for movies.

Allow the user to select the 'none' datasource that will just not try to lookup anything for a given file

Improve logic that use foldername to search for movie metadata. Showtime will now use the folder name if there is no match when using title to search and only if there is only one video file longer than 5 minutes in the folder.

Get rid of various crashes related to metadata probing

Fixes #1159
Fixes #1160

3.99.578

Plug three different memory leaks related to subtitles. These caused out of memory and thus crash of Showtime. Mostly related to vobsub and DVD subtitles

Fixes #1165

3.99.575

Fix issue with subtitles loaded from UPNP/DLNA to not appear correctly in subtitle selection menu

3.99.574

Fix problem with SRT files that start with UTF-8/16 BOM markers

Fixes #1136

3.99.566

Fix a bug causing the in-RAM index of cached content to be corrupted

This bug could result in randomg hangs of some parts of showtime (Notifications that didn't go away, images not loaded)

Also it could crash showtime during shutdown

3.99.538

Remember selected subtitle and audio track for each video file

Fixes #1141

3.99.532

Fix broken seeking in files that does not start at PTS 0

Fixes #1124

3.99.530

Add support for upgrades of Showtime from within Showtime

Check for updates in Settings -> General

Currently only supported on PS3 platform

3.99.513

Improve metadata lookup

User is now able to enter a custom query in the item popup menu. It's also possible to enter a IMDb ID directly there.

Showtime will also automatically use the folder name of the video if it seems more appropriate. An internal scoring system is used to choose if it should try to search using file name or folder name.

Score results can be seen as debug in logfile

3.99.510

ps3: Seek using L2 and R2 buttons

3.99.502

Improve RTMP robustness

Reconnecting an RTMP stream during playback is now completely invisible to the user.

3.99.496

Rework UI during video and audio playback

3.99.483

PS3: Add support for the system on screen keyboard (finally!)

Press X in an textbox to popup the on screen keyboard

3.99.480

ps3: Improve button mappings on ps3

Select + ○ will stop playback
Select + ► will open playqueue

3.99.479

Showtime will now hide all files it cannot play by default

This feature can be disabled/enabled on per-directory bases in the page menu

3.99.473

Fix various bugs related to seeking

3.99.471

Some people reported a regression in Showtime's key repeat delay on PS3. The shortened key repeat delay has now been reverted to the previous value

3.99.470

Fix a problem with TMDB search lockups

3.99.461

Improve speed when seeking (using left/right buttons) during video playback.

With the PS3 six axis dual shock remote controller the user can press harder on the left/right buttons to increase seek speed

3.99.450

Fix a bug causing issues with audio if a file contains an audio track that switches from one mode to another.

Typically TV shows where the recap is in stereo and the main episode in 5.1 suffered from this bug

3.99.437

When browsing files it's now possible to enable/disable the sorting of folders before files in the page menu

3.99.436

When browsing files it's now possible to sort on files on date.

See the page menu (△ button on PS3)

3.99.428

Improve metadata lookup for movies.

  • Allow the user to select which of the metadata providers to use for a certain movie
  • Allow the user to select between all results for a given movie

3.99.427

Fix some issues related to uPnP / DLNA discovery.

This should make Showtime find PS3 Media Server and Universal Media Server immediately on start. Previously it had to wait for the periodic notification before adding them

3.99.419

ps3: Based on region, swap X and O button if configured in system

Finally, below is a video format compatibility chart in German from osta (via boerse.bz/multimedia/konsolen/playstation-1-3/psjailbreak/714064-show-10.html#post7232119) for those interested in a rough idea of how far along Showtime 4 is coming.






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pht's Avatar
#516 - pht - 78w ago
Hello, I'm using Showtime to read video files stored on an "UPnP Media Server" via WiFi connection. Sometimes with big MKV files, WiFi is too slow (or connection is too bad) and video is lagging. Is there any way to copy the video file before reading it. In others words, can I copy file from Media Server (or network drive) to PS3 HDD. Thanks for help.

Edit: Perhaps Comgenie's Awesome Filemanager or Multiman can do this kind of copy but I did not manage?

Sorry for the double post, but I can no more edit it...

pinoytechno's Avatar
#515 - pinoytechno - 79w ago
thanks showtime

billyreneoberra's Avatar
#514 - billyreneoberra - 80w ago
2 questions, first i have a little problem with the showtime youtube plugin.

i have the 4.1.208 version of showtime and the latest version of youtube for it. i have authenticated youtube but whenever i go on my user profile i get this message:

unable to open resource
youtube:user:default
ReferenceError: reference to undefined property data.yt$username

and i can't login into my youtube account. can anybody please tell me how to fix this or if it even can be fixed at all. i tried uninstalling and reinstaling everything, re-authenticating ....

second i have troubles with getting showtime to see some plugins like megaviewer, hd-trailers, game trailers and so on. i put the rar's in the appropriate folder but they don't show once i go to the plugging section of showtime

can anybody help me out here?? thanks

mw00's Avatar
#513 - mw00 - 80w ago
awesome!

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#512 - PS3 News - 80w ago
Following up on his previous release, this weekend PlayStation 3 developer facanferff has updated the YouTube Plugin to version 2.0 for Showtime PS3 Media Player dubbed the New Experience with the changes outlined below followed by v2.2, v2.21 and v2.2.5.

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Below are the changes, as follows:

The first major release of the plugin was more than a year ago and now it is time to renew that experience and provide a improved experience that I hope everyone will enjoy. Please see carefully the changelog so you know exactly what's new:

  • Add: Support for Continuous Playback (needs to activate setting in Showtime's Video Playback Settings)
  • Add: Main Page now supports order customization (like Showtime Main Page)
  • Add: Youtube Disco
  • Add: Native Sorting (by Publish Date, by Views, by Title (incrementing/decrementing) and as Default)
  • Add: Youtube EDU
  • Add: Featured feed in Youtube Movies
  • Add: New User Profile Interface/Experience
  • Add: New Advanced Mode for videos
  • Add: Choose what feeds to show in User Profile
  • Add: Header buttons in Oceanus skin plugin
  • Add: Item Menu:
  • Like/Dislike video
  • Comment video
  • Add to Favorites
  • Add to Watch Later
  • Related Videos
  • Response Videos
  • Redirect to Movie (if video is a known trailer)
  • Trailers (if video is a movie)
  • Redirect to a Show (if video belongs to a Show)
  • Redirect to the Show Season (if video belongs to a Show Season)
  • Fix: Video Playback
  • Fix: Some videos would fail due to some RegEx differences
  • Fix: Videos that are no available don't show friendly error message
  • Fix: The plugin would load additional pages of a feed that didn't contain entries
  • Fix: User Favorites didn't work
  • Improvement: Updated video metadata for support in Oceanus skin plugin
  • Improvement: More flexibe Youtube Search
  • Improvement: Don't show login popup in search

v2.25 Changelog:

  • Add: Add video to existing playlist (available in item menu in video listing and in Actions in Advanced Mode)
  • Add: Itemhook "Search in Youtube" for video entries in Showtime (in item menu,
    you can use this feature to search for videos in Youtube given any title of a video item in Showtime) (requires 4.3.261)
  • Add: Show debug information if setting is enabled

2.2.1

  • Fix: Search for space separated queries

v2.2 Changelog:

  • Add: Support for Live Streaming videos using HLS
  • Add: Show videos that authenticated user liked
  • Add: Searchers for API v3 (old searchers are still active)
  • Add: Authentication for API v3
  • Add: New URI routes for video playback
  • Add: My Activity (provides recommendations, videos that users subscribed liked/favorited)
  • Add: Subscribe to User in User Profile
  • Add: Initial support for Guide Categories
  • Add: Initial support for Video Categories (old "Browse Videos" section)
  • Add: Video Advanced Mode actions: Like, Dislike, Add to Favorites, Add to Watch Later, Comment
  • Add: Show more information for videos in pages using API v3 (enable in Settings)
  • Enhancement: Improved User Profile
  • Enhancement: Started work to upgrade plugin from API v2 to v3

As you may see several things that were being asked since the first release are now here, fresh and ready to be used.

Showtime Plugin Youtube changes:

  • The new Home Screen, using SELECT + Arrows in PS3 you can customize the order of the items.
  • The improved item listing.
  • The new Youtube Search screen providing easy to use search for everything you want.
  • The new advanced mode in videos, cleaner and easier to use.
  • The new User Profile screen, featuring an easy to use and fast experience.

Installation:

Go to Plugin Central (puzzle icon in home screen) inside Showtime and download the plugin.

Special thanks:

  • andoma: for creating Showtime and maintaining it
  • Tyrant: for beta testing the plugin and giving fresh ideas

Note:

  • When testing, my Beta Tester (El Tyrant) found that the resume videos of Showtime does not work properly with the plugin, so please disable the following settting: Video playback -> Resume video playback

FAQ:

1. I found some issues, had crashes or have suggestions, where can I inform the developer about them?

At lonelycoder.com/redmine/projects/showtime.

Finally, below is a brief tutorial on how to log out from the Showtime Plugin YouTube from facanferff (via psx-scene.com/forums/content/tutorial-log-out-showtime-plugin-youtube-2841/) for those interested:

Recently a user in IRC (EFNET, #showtime) asked how to log out from the current user in Youtube plugin for Showtime, so here is a tutorial for it. This method is only needed for versions 1.5 and up where it uses OAuth2 as the main authentication method. This method works for the standalone version.

The process is really simple and may be done via Multiman:

1. Go to the jsstore folder of showtime.

  • In PS3: /dev_hdd0/HTSS00003/USRDIR/settings/settings/jsstore
  • In Linux: /home//.hts/showtime/settings/jsstore

2. Delete the file called youtube-oauth2.

3. Open Showtime and it will no longer use your old user account, so you may authenticate again for another user account.

FAQ

1. Now every time I try to play a video, it fails with random errors, what is happening?

With the recent website changes featuring a new layout, the plugin is unable to play any video. A fix for it is being worked on and will be available once it is possible and it is confirmed to be stable. Sorry for this.

2. I found the plugin crash for some reason, what can I do?

The simplest answer is report it, you can either use lonelycoder.com/redmine/projects/showtime/ or github.com/facanferff/showtime-plugin-youtube/issues. Please report any issue you encounter, if you don't I may not face it so I will not fix it by the simple aspect that I won't know about it.

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