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August 29, 2012 // 5:21 am - 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:

Download: Showtime 4.0 PKG / Showtime GH 4.0 PKG / Showtime 4.0 SELF / Showtime 4.0 (Testing) PKG / Showtime GH 4.0 (Testing) PKG / Showtime 4.0 (Testing) SELF / Showtime 4.0 for DEX coded by andoma and compiled by andbey0nd / Showtime 4.0 for DEX (Mirror) / GIT

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
  • 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 PS3 usage guide 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

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

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


  • 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:


Say hello to Showtime 4.0


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

The pkg needs to be reinstalled for this to take effect


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


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


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

This feature can be turned off under Settings -> General


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


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


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


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

Fixes #1136


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


Remember selected subtitle and audio track for each video file

Fixes #1141


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

Fixes #1124


Add support for upgrades of Showtime from within Showtime

Check for updates in Settings -> General

Currently only supported on PS3 platform


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


ps3: Seek using L2 and R2 buttons


Improve RTMP robustness

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


Rework UI during video and audio playback


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

Press X in an textbox to popup the on screen keyboard


ps3: Improve button mappings on ps3

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


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


Fix various bugs related to seeking


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


Fix a problem with TMDB search lockups


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


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


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


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

See the page menu (△ button on PS3)


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


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


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 for those interested in a rough idea of how far along Showtime 4 is coming.

Showtime PS3 Media Player 4.0 Stable and Testing Builds Released

Showtime PS3 Media Player 4.0 Stable and Testing Builds Released

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#600 - PS4 News - February 2, 2015 // 7:39 pm
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Resume discussion in this new Showtime (now Movian) ongoing thread:

#599 - wayde420 - January 22, 2015 // 11:51 am
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If it freezes when you watching a movie, you could try to replace showtime.self. From a different working showtime, find the showtime.self.

Once you got that, go to dev_hdd0/game/bles80608/USRDIR and copy it over the non-working one. Or you could update to habib 4.66.

#598 - Tatuatu - January 22, 2015 // 9:55 am
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goes well on both

#597 - smiler1983 - January 22, 2015 // 9:32 am
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is rogero or habib best for showtime and navi-x

#596 - hjs3 - January 20, 2015 // 3:10 pm
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Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for.

#595 - tonyito - January 18, 2015 // 8:49 pm
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Best homebrew for ps3!!!

#594 - SnakeMAR - January 17, 2015 // 7:30 am
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That's cool, nice homebrew app!

#593 - antantros - January 17, 2015 // 3:23 am
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Cool! I hope my PS3 ever completely replace XBMC. 1080p, Dolby+DTS must have!

#592 - TORETE - January 15, 2015 // 9:35 pm
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#591 - ironsax - January 8, 2015 // 6:45 pm
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thank you very much