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144w 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.

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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:


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:


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 [Register or Login to view links]

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 [Register or Login to view links]

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:



PROBLEM

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

Showtime doesn't support this.






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Mtealo's Avatar
#522 - Mtealo - 83w ago
Short answer NO. You need CFW and will get banned if you play online.

sticky876's Avatar
#521 - sticky876 - 83w ago
Hi everyone, I'm new to play station 3 but I love online gaming, I also love watching movies but what I want to know is. Can I install showtime/navi-x on my ps3 slim & still be able to receive updates from playstation, access psn & online gaming? I don't want to install showtime/navi-x & lose the ability to upgrade & play online.

Please let me know. Thank you.

cyber02000's Avatar
#520 - cyber02000 - 84w ago
its really weird that since the navi-x plugin was released 180upload and billionupload links do not work till today. and searching the internet i haven't found the answer to this problem as 95% of the links are from these hosts !!! or is it a issue i am having ?? i hope some of you can help.

Thanks

mmanolos's Avatar
#519 - mmanolos - 84w ago
I always have issues with Showtime. Some upgrades ago I lost the tiled view and I got the list view with no icons for everything, besides all the channels I pinned down in the home page disappeared.

This last update was great at first, I received a notification for a new version from inside the application, it downloaded and installed fine and all the bugs went away: the change views option returned and I got the lost channels back.

It is an excellent version... but after close it, every time I try to launch Showtime again I receive an error message. It runs fine from inside Multiman. I will try to delete it an reinstall it from scratch.

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#518 - PS3 News - 85w ago
Following up on the previous release and YouTube Plugin, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Andreas Oman has updated Showtime PS3 Media Player to version 4.2 with the changes outlined below.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / Showtime v04.02.000 DEX PKG by deank / [Register or Login to view links]

Showtime PS3 Media Player v4.2 Changelog:

Some highlights:

  • Virtual keyboard
  • Integration with thetvdb.com
  • Chapter support for movies
  • Support for subtitle plugins

And as usual, a lot of bugs squashed

4.2

ps3: Remove "/dev_hdd0/tmp/turnoff" before shutting down system

Fixes #1594

4.1.480

Fix broken colors in VOBSUB

Fixes #1579

4.1.479

Fix regression causing crash with embedded DVD/VOBSUB tracks

Fixes #1577

4.1.477

httpclient: Fix a regression when using range queries to determine filesize

Caused problems with minidlna (possibly other servers)

Fixes #1576

4.1.470

Fix the oversized album art during music playback

4.1.456

ps3: Fix video stuttering in some high bitrate video streams

4.1.454

Fix broken date-sorting (Allow user to sort on newest or oldest first)

Fixes #1297

4.1.451

Rework subtitle scheduling

This allows us to pick subtitles that are out of sync with video stream. Also makes it possible to do negative subtitle time shifting for embedded subs

Fixes #727
Fixes #1470

4.1.445

ps3: Increase audio buffer size

Fix stuttering playback with some audio formats (APE is one)

Fixes #1451

4.1.441

Fix problem that caused picture stuttering in some movies after 20-25 minutes

Fixes #1483

4.1.427

Add support for LPCM in DVD playback

Fixes #1046

4.1.422

Add movie chapters support where supported by file formats

Chapters can be found in menu during video playback next to seek thumbnails and audio/subltitle tracks

Fixes #786

4.1.414

Fix broken seeking in FLAC files

Fixes #1435

4.1.404

Add support for subtitle plugins

This also removes the built-in support for opensubtitles.

Opensubtitles is now available as a plugin. No username + password is needed as opensubtitles.org allows anonymous logins

4.1.401

The list of subtitles are now sorted based on user preferred languages

4.1.398

Fix a bug that made "Custom query" impossible to erase in the metadata editor. It would come back next time the item was scanned

4.1.397

Fix a crash that was caused by invalid markup tags in SRT files

Typically this would happen if the SRT file contained a subtitle entry with just one tag that was invalid. Now such invalid tags will be
presented as normal text instead.

Fixes #1501

4.1.394

ps3: Fix a crash on PS3 when playing AAC HEv2 files

This was caused by too small stack for the threads

Fixes #1515

4.1.387

Fix recently introduced crash in opensubtitles.org module

4.1.386

Add stretch-to-widescreen and stretch-to-fullscreen as options during video playback

Fixes #1334

4.1.383

Add support for getting metadata from thetvdb.com

4.1.382

Allow user to adjust subtitle timing 10 minutes in increments of 0.5 seconds

4.1.380

Improved support for opensubtitles.org

Showtime will now search in opensubtitles.org database using the movie title and optionally the IMDB ID if it manages to resolve that

To limit the number of returned results it will only include the subtitles that matches the languages configured in Settings -> Languages.
If no such configuration has been entered all results will be displayed.

4.1.373

ps3: Sign pkg files to work with 4.xx CFW

4.1.372

Fix some issues related to mono audio in videos

4.1.371

Use external metadata (TMDB, etc) for video title in video OSD

4.1.369

Avoid doing external metadata lookup for very short file names

4.1.321

Add support for playback of HLS (Http Live Streaming) URLs

4.1.301

Add support for user configurable fonts

To install and use a new font put the font someplace where Showtime can browse it. When clicking on the font Showtime will what you want to use the font for. Showtime will copy the font to an internal storage location.

To select between installed fonts or to reset to default, go to Settings -> Look and Feel -> Fonts

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