Showtime PS3 Media Player WebMedia Plugin v1.0 is Released


122w ago - Last week the previous Showtime PS3 Media Player plugins were updated, and today andreus has released a WebMedia plugin that supports reading RSS, Imagecast, Podcast, Videocast and live TV or radio streams followed by version 1.1.

Download: Showtime WebMedia Plugin v1.0 for PS3 / Showtime WebMedia Plugin v1.1 for PS3 / XML File Maker / GIT

Below are more details from ReadMe File, as follows: WebMedia plugin for Showtime is a free Internet source media reader. Can read RSS feeds, Imagecast, Podcast, Videocast, Live TV and Live Radio (rtmp).

I build this plugin for my own use because I wanted more than current Showtime plugins can give. The purpose of this plugin is to have the possibility to read free media sources available in the Internet.

I thanks Andreas Oman for this wonderful application that is Showtime and for all the plugin documentation. I also thanks facanferff and NP for their excellent plugins.

IMPORTANT: WebMedia only works with Showtime v3.3.328+. (Update: andreus has now confirmed it also works in older versions as well).

Release notes

1.1: Update version

  • Two new types added: Web Resource: For direct links to media content and Web Folder: For direct links to web folders (accepts HTTP/SMB folders)
  • Allows to use thestreamdb.com links as sources
  • Resolved several bugs in RSS feed reading
  • Sources example file with new images for themes
  • New logo (all credits go to Girish)
  • Several minor improvements

1.0: Initial version

  • Read RSS feeds (RSS, Imagecast, Podcast and Videocast)
  • Read Live TV and Live Radio (rtmp)
  • Settings for choose if want to aggregate sources
  • By publisher
  • By theme
  • By country (242 countries by default)
  • By type (6 types by default)
  • Read up to four XML data filesfrom HTTP or SMB
  • Just need one XML. Just need one URL. No need for a HTTP folder.
  • You can choose parental control level (1 to 9) for each source
  • You can choose if each source is your favorite
  • Extremely flexible, for each source, you can have a simple xml with title and link or a more complex xml with title, link, thumbnail, themes, publisher, country, type, parental control and if is your favorite
  • Some debug settings

Installing

WebMedia, in the future, will be available directly from Showtime plugin repository.

Meanwhile if you want to install it on your PS3 you have 2 options:

1. Copy the webmedia.zip file to a USB pen drive, open Showtime, go to the USB pen drive icon and run webmedia.zip file
2. Copy the webmedia.zip file to using a file or FTP manager:

Showtime plugin path: /dev_hdd0/game/HTSS00003/USRDIR/settings/installedplugins/

Showtime (Multiman version) plugin path: /dev_hdd0/game/BLES80608/USRDIR/st_settings/installedplugins/

Configuring

LOCALIZATION OF SOURCES XML FILE

webMedia reads the sources XML file for adding the media sources.

By default, and only for example purposes, the path of this file is inside the zip of the plugin localizated in Showtime directory (see "Installing").

You can unzip the plugin, change the "sources.xml" file and, when your done, zip the plugin again and put it in showtime.

Please note that this only works in unoffical Showtime versions. (see readFile in github.com/andoma/showtime/blob/master/docs/plugins.md)

You can also change the localization of this file file by putting HTTP or SMB paths in the plugin settings.

Examples:

  • SMB: smb://192.168.1.10/webmedia/sources.xml
  • HTTP: http://192.168.1.10/webmedia/sources.xml
  • HTTP: http://pastehtml.com/view/bfsgjamdn.html
  • HTTP: http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=WDVC940d

Creating sources XML file

Just use the "webmedia-xml-maker.html" file localizated inside the zip of the plugin.

Editing "sources.xml" file

Just use the "webmedia-xml-maker.html" file localizated inside the zip of the plugin for creating a news xml file and then add the new tags to your old xml file.

Live TV and Live Radio RTMPs

webMedia, like watchTV plugin (by facanferff), can read rtmp links for Live TV and Live Radio.

If you want to see more about rtmp links read the excellent tutorial made by facanferff.

Other

You can use "[WEBMEDIA]" for indicating a local path inside the plugin file. There is a folder "resources" inside the plugin zip file which contains a subfolder for each group. You can use it.

Known issues/Questions/FAQ (with Showtime v3.3.328)

PROBLEM

In PS3, I want to change the localization of the xml file but showtime doesn't let me enter text.

The problem is that Showtime doesn't have a virtual keyboard. This is a Showtime problem. There is several issues registered:

  • https://www.lonelycoder.com/redmine/issues/2
  • https://www.lonelycoder.com/redmine/issues/680
  • https://www.lonelycoder.com/redmine/issues/687

Workaround: You have 2 options:

1. Connect a USB keyboard to your PS3, then, in showtime, go to webMedia plugin settings and manualy add your HTTP/SMB URL
2. Use a FTP filemanger and manualy change the configuration file
of the plugin. This file is in:

Showtime: /dev_hdd0/game/HTSS00003/USRDIR/settings/settings/plugins/webmedia

Showtime (Multiman version): /dev_hdd0/game/BLES80608/USRDIR/st_settings/settings/plugins/webmedia

Just add/change the line "xmllocalization": "xxxxxxxxxxx",

PROBLEM

It takes very time to show the sources.

If you enable probe timeout, webMedia probes the sources before displaying it, there is a setting for configuring the probe timeout. But this is not having any effect. This is a Showtime problem. There is an issue registed. Timeout not working https://www.lonelycoder.com/redmine/issues/778

PROBLEM

I accepted the ToS, but when I restart Showtime it appear again.

The problem is that Showtime can't save to disk realtime setting change. This is a Showtime problem. There is an issue registed. Save a setting in real time https://www.lonelycoder.com/redmine/issues/780

Workaround: You can force it in the plugin settings.

PROBLEM

I want to use an ATOM feed that webMedia does not read. webMedia doesn't read Atom feeds

Workaround: Use a Web site to convert it in real time

Ex:

  • http://devtacular.com/utilities/atomtorss/
  • http://atom2rss.appspot.com/


PROBLEM

I want to open the RSS feed item link in the browser.

Showtime doesn't support this.






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#538 - zazoon - 12w ago
I have Showtime problem with installing plugins ! Both standalone and multiman version don t work. I have reinstall - update / upgrade rogero 4.50 & multiman - still nothing. Update to Steven CEX-4.53 & newest multiman - still nothing.

No plugin in apps ! I have deleted multiman and showtime and then update system bouth with rogero and Steven - and still nothing.

I have tried and search for alternate plugin repository url. Did not find it ! This are versions of showtime i have tried and no go :

Showtime 04.03.582 [CEX]
Showtime 04.03.536 [CEX]
Showtime 04.03.479 [CEX]

Update all version to new one and still nothing !

Any idea what to do ?

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#537 - cuah - 12w ago
Getting error 404 when attempting to install plugins in showtime version 4.3.536. Seems like it cannot connect to internet. PS3 has internet connection and I can see browse on it fine. Any suggestions pls...

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#536 - tim132 - 14w ago
I was wondering whether there's a way to add imdb.com to collect metadata of my films?

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#535 - PS3 News - 14w ago
Following up on the previous revision, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Andreas Oman updated the Showtime PS3 Media Player testing builds to v04.03.698 followed by Showtime for multiMAN (both CEX and DEX) by deank with the changes outlined below.

Download: showtime-gh-4.3.698-g64539eae.pkg / showtime-4.3.698-g64539eae.pkg / showtime-4.3.698-g64539eae.self / Showtime 04.03.698 [CEX].pkg (6.21 MB) / Showtime 04.03.698 [DEX].pkg (6.27 MB) / ShowTime v4.3.748 Cobra-ODE-V4.iso (13.7 MB) by Mussonero

Showtime Media Center Changelogs

4.3.698

Avoid some log messages from sqlite (we deal with them anyway)
Call logfiles "showtime-#.log" instead of "showtime.log.#"
h264: Skip the check converting h264 AVCC to annexb even when NAL unit len = 3.
media: Fix lock-against-self when cycling subtitle/audio tracks …
Make sure fa_parent() works on NTFS drives (ugly hack) …
Update pl_PL, sp_SP, zh_CN language
Make miner also translatable

4.3.685

upnp: Add more URLs in device description
settings/store: Fix lock inversion Fixes #1837
ssdp: Remove unused code
ssdp: If we fail to bind, retry later Fixes #1838
Update translation files: Swedish, dk_DK, zh_CN
Make system name configurable in Settings -> Network
hls: Drop astray FA_DEBUG
asyncio: Handle errors from poll() in a more resilient way poll() on ps3 can return error if there is a problem with one of the fd:s
If settings storage can't use rename to overwrite, just log a debug message
Improve ext subtitle load debug
ASYNCIO: Add names to all file descriptor structs
When ASYNCIO Poll error occurs, output more info in log
subtitles: Fix some memory leaks when loading ext subs
When user can rename discovered services, revert to original name if configured name is empty

4.3.628

Upgrade librtmp - Fixes bug with DecodeTEA on BE systems. Fixes #1774
upnp: One more fix. Fixes #1788
upnp: Use URL to video file as canonical URL
Rework how continous video playback build the video play list. Fixes #1819
audio: Fix assert() in pulseaudio when skipping to next video track
upnp: Fix issue causing names of UPNP services to be messed up
ps3: Nag a bit more about donations if it's never turned on by the user
HLS: More robust handling of corrupted segments
RTMP: Set media source info. Fixes #1822
hls: Avoid calling sub_scanner repeatedly if nothing will be scanned by it
httpclient: Deal with "206 Partial Content" when we didn't ask for it.

Here is the standalone version of Showtime 04.03.698 compiled by me with all the standard changes:

Showtime for multiMAN is available as usual within mM/mmCM in the VIDEO column (press [Triangle] over "Start Showtime" and select "UPDATE").

CEX/DEX standalone versions are also available for direct download (as .pkg) in the WEB column of multiMAN/mmCM.

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#534 - PS3 News - 15w ago
Following up on the previous updates, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Andreas Oman updated the Showtime PS3 Media Player testing builds to v4.3.613 with the changes outlined below.

Download: showtime-gh-4.3.613-geccc3c8e.pkg / showtime-4.3.613-geccc3c8e.pkg / showtime-4.3.613-geccc3c8e.self

4.3.613 (Testing Build) Changelog:

glw: Fix some nastyness related to how we resolve properties This fixes a long standing issue with image view in the UI, causing just the spinner to appear and no image to be shown
hls: Fix issues when seeking past end of track when doing continous play
osk: Replace with $
Upgrade: Don't fail patch upgrade attempt if we can't open target file to get current hash
Add Slovak translation
Improve event routing

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