Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Windows 7 RC, Recorded TV Shows and DLNA Streaming to PS3

well, today i was finally cleaning up my laptop and decided i'd try to setup the media sharing components again.  i currently have my ps3 connected via a gigabit wired connection and my laptop using 802.11N so speed connection speeds should not be an issue with HD content streaming.  it seemed that when i had my ps3 connected via wifi i had some media server disconnect issues (however that may have been related to my older router too, currently using an apple airport extreme base w/nas).

my laptop is currently running windows 7 rc build as its main os due to the fact that win 7 lets you use and record clearQAM channels (that alone convinced me to stay with win7). however, i did not remember having any luck playing my tv shows from my ps3 via the media center sharing.  mp4 files worked fine but tv shows always gave me the usual cannot play back file error.

i have no idea what update added this feature but kudos to microsoft on that feature!!  this not only lets me use my PS3 as a media center extender but also any other pc can playback files via DLNA client. (i am assuming this since i have not tested).  keep reading for more details and the video demo.

there are a few caveats of playback/streaming .wtv files:

- skipping and fast forwarding really suck and most likely cause your video to hang or freeze
- scene selection (hitting square to bring up scenes) doesn't work either, lets you see frames but does not go to them or starts playing
- i've only tested network, non-encrypted hdtv shows on windows 7 rc

nonetheless a step in the right direction for DLNA and us PS3 owners.  now if only we could control the windows 7/media center tuner via DLNA and stream live tv.... hmmm.. :)

for now, here's  a video demo of it in action on my hp dv6700t and my ps3.

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