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136w 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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#511 - PS3 News - 85w ago
Following up on the previous release, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Andreas Oman has updated the Showtime PS3 Media Player Testing Build to version 4.1.273 with the changes outlined below.

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For those who missed them, a Showtime PS3 Media Player Skin Oceanus and Showtime PS3 Plugin TMDB and Oceanus Skin Plugin are also available.

4.1.270

Make sure Showtime does not downgrade a plugin to a lesser version

4.1.269

Add support for replacing various parts of the UI using plugins. More information about this will surface once plugins support it

4.1.267

For beta-testers of plugins there is now a setting under "General" where a user can specify a, list of space separated, passwords
that will enable beta testing of plugins. Passwords are administrated by the plugin developer

4.1.259

Add support for adjusting volume during video playback using up/down keys

Fixes #1241
Fixes #1123
Fixes #751
Fixes #560

4.1.249

Don't wrap from end to beginning of list during continuous video playback

Fixes #1250

4.1.245

Correctly recognize '.m2ts' as a file type ending to ignore

Fixes #1391

4.1.244

Reworked audio pipeline. This should fix various issues. In particular various clicks and pops now and then on PS3 should be gone.

Fixes #1408
Fixes #1308
Fixes #1005
Fixes #964

4.1.225

Upgrade to libav9_beta2. This is a huge upgrade that might cause problems with some files. Please report bugs if anything seems to have broken

4.1.221

Fix broken RTMP(E) playback on PS3

4.1.210

Fix a problem that caused playback time to stay at 0:00 for some audio files

4.1.182

Fix problem that caused resume position not to be reset when movie ended

4.1.166

Fix search lookup loops when changing TMDB configuration

Fixes #1293
Fixes #1292

4.1.129

Add support for Shoutcast playback. Plugins are required to be able to browse Shoutcast services

4.1.99

Add support for setting custom movie titles directly from the item popup menu

Fixes #1213

4.1.98

Add an action in settings->general to clear the entire metadb item table. Safeguarded with a popup as it is a non-revocable action.

Fixes #1218

4.1.95

ps3: When seeking using L2/R2, rescale seek delta based on duration of feature. In principle this make it so that the user can always seek from begining to end in ~2 seconds regardless of how long the currently playing media is.

4.1.92

Add Exit and Standby as items in the page popup menu

Fixes #1042
Fixes #1184

4.1.84

Only reset screensaver timer if movie is actually playing

Fixes #1022
Fixes #1115

4.1.76

Add support for plugins that can replace certain parts of the UI

4.1.68

Add support for categorization of plugins. When browsing available plugins they will appear under a category instead of a single long list

4.1.50

TMDB: Let user choose which language to use for TMDB. Also lets user choose if to display the original title or translated title

4.1.26

Don't set resume time for videos if current position < one minute. This makes sure the user does not accidentally lose the resume
position if restarting the video from beginning by mistake

4.1.25

Let 'mark as seen' create entry in item table if it does not exist

Fixes #1175

4.1.20

Improve Showtime's response time to play/pause events

Fixes #1180

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#510 - scott7seven - 86w ago
should you install both the mm pkg and the stand alone, or can you, and why.. and do you have to dl the ocean them separate?

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#509 - wizzkidd - 86w ago
Following up on the previous release, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer facanferff has made available a Showtime PS3 Plugin TMDB (The Movie DataBase) followed by TMDb v1.1 alongside an Oceanus Skin Plugin for Showtime v04.01+ (CEX) with details below.

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From his blog, to quote: Showtime Plugin TMDB released!

That's right! We're again at that time a new release comes to Showtime and this time is the newest plugin for TMDB, featuring a different experience from anything you could find before in Showtime.

TMDB Updates:

1. Home Screen
2. Movie View
3. Person View
4. See more
5. Authentication, easy to follow instructions on screen
6. User Profile
7. Loading screen, should reduce potencial crashes

I hope you enjoy this release, so now the instruction to get it: First of all, it requires Showtime 4.1 at least.

Method 1 (both standalone and multiMan embedded Showtime):

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Put zip archive at dev_hdd0/HTSS00003/USRDIR/settings/installedplugins or if you use Showtime through multiMAN

Put the zip archive in: dev_hdd0/game/BLES080608/USRDIR/sys/st4_settings/installedplugins/

Method 2 (only for standalone Showtime, thanks wizzkidd):

Download: [Register or Login to view links] or [Register or Login to view links]

Install the pkg normally.

Method 3 multiMAN edition PKG:

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Special thanks:

  • andoma: for creating Showtime
  • Tyrant: for beta testing the plugin
  • wizzkidd: for the pkg installs

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.

Official source: facanferff.net
irc.efnet.net #showtime

Update: TMDb v1.1 Changelog:

  • Add: Support for specifying 3 search sources (in Movie View, only supports PLX playlists at the moment)
  • Add: Browse movie in Youtube (in Movie View, requires Youtube plugin to be installed)
  • Add: Play Now button (in Movie View, if clicked it will play the video specified in the URI)
  • Add: Show all lists that contain a movie (in Movie View)
  • Add: Make plugin design independent of Oceanus plugin (user without Oceanus plugin couldn't load See more lists)
  • Add: Search for a list
  • Add: Show if a movie was marked as favorite (in Movie View)
  • Add: Show if a movie was marked as watchlist (in Movie View)
  • Add: Choose background for current movie (in Movie View)
  • Add: Choose poster for current movie (in Movie View)
  • Add: Browse most popular people
  • Add: Allow user add movie to watchlist
  • Add: Browse a list by id
  • Add: Hide Favorite/Watchlist button if movie was already marked
  • Add: Kids In Mind's Parents Guide (in Movie View)
  • Fix: Search would not work if user specified 2 or more words separated by spaces
  • Fix: User would not be logged in after some uses
  • Fix: If a movie/person had no poster the screen would be somewhat corrupted
  • Fix: In Genres page, movie titles would not show
  • Fix: In some cases, when a subrequest (i.e. favorites in user view) failed, the page would not show up
  • Enhancement: Better Search movie by title algorithm (only observable externally, i.e.: TMDb View in Navi-X) (See Note 1)
  • Enhancement: Improve slightly Genres page design
  • Enhancement: Improve Movie View loading time

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#508 - ConsoleDev - 87w ago
StanSmith if you are interested i have a copy of ShowTime 4.1.244 (is not the same version that you need but i think that have the feature that you want) and i have uploaded here: [Register or Login to view links]

Let me know if it is OK for you

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#507 - StanSmith - 87w ago
Thanks but there are heaps more TEST versions since that one with some nice features.

Looks like it will finally be getting volume settings, something its been needing since the start.

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