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August 10, 2012 // 12:25 am - Following up on the previous revision, PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Andreas Oman has updated Showtime PS3 Media Player Testing Build to version 3.99.425 followed by v3.99.459 with the changes as follows:

Download: Showtime 3.99.425 g848947f PKG / Showtime GH 3.99.425 g848947f PKG / Showtime 3.99.425 g848947f SELF / Showtime 3.99.459 g749785f PKG / Showtime GH 3.99.459 g749785f PKG / Showtime 3.99.459 g749785f SELF / GIT

Showtime PS3 Media Player Testing Build 3.99.425 Changelog:


PS3: Rework button handling a bit on the six axis controller

  • Select + Directional buttons will move items (when possible) Currently this can be done on the home screen
  • Select + Triangle will switch view (if possible) Not many pages comes with multiple views at the moment
  • Pressing harder on the buttons will increase the repeat rate, thus Pressing harder -> Scrolling faster (our work is never over)


Switched to a tile based home screen


PS3: Add auto power off after inactivity. Fixes #854


Add a new default theme to Showtime. Designed by 'opium'


Avoid static images in screen saver


Redesign the throbber used when loading pages


Plugins are now upgraded automatically when Showtime starts

This behavior can be turned off on the plugin browsing page


Add a per-item popup menu. This can be used to invoke various operands on an item when browsing.


During video playback "left" and "right" navigation buttons can be used to seek +- 15 seconds


Add Windows-1252 and Windows-1253 code pages. Fixes #667


Sort all folders before the other items when browsing directories. Fixes #1002


Make it possible to bookmark a page directly from the popup menu. Fixes #573


Improve scrolling speed in movie thumbnails


Make the goto frame popup be focused at current segment when opened. Fixes #635


Add support for vobsub (.idx / .sub) files. Fixes #971


Fix incorrect handling of alpha values in SSA. Fixes #983


Support external SSA / ASS subtitles. Fixes #590


Decode embedded vobsub (dvbsub) using Showtime's own DVDSPU decoder. Fixes #972


Retry login if opensubtitles query fails with a server side error. Fixes #970


Fix duplicate entries of external subs when in continuous playback mode. Fixes #999


Avoid having the UI accidentally use fonts from MKV files. Fixes #841


spotify: Move the list of playlists (and folders) to the start page


Add support for getting movie metadata from TMDB

Showtime PS3 Media Player Testing Build 3.99.425 Update Arrives

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#10 - violentcris - March 16, 2011 // 9:22 pm
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it is not working under 3.41

#9 - fame1418 - March 16, 2011 // 8:29 pm
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thank god something like this came out i was trying to see a movie in the ps3 and it wouldn't play it yet i put in my daughters wii using wiimc and it played it, i just looked like a fool with my high end ps3.. please tell do i need the self file. thanks

#8 - gs01 - March 16, 2011 // 8:17 pm
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Yes, I was. I wonder if the Ps3 will ever have naything as good as XBMC was on the original xbox. Those were the days.

#7 - moja - March 16, 2011 // 8:07 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by gs01 View Post
If you want to play .mkv files, just download and install the latest divx bundle. After that you'll be able to play .mkv files on your ps3.

Yes, but I don't see how that helps native PS3 playback. I assume you're talking about transcoding.

This is a welcome addition to the homebrew library. Would it be possible to add support for a codecs folder (ala XBMC)? Anyway, thanks andoma!

#6 - gs01 - March 16, 2011 // 8:03 pm
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If you want to play .mkv files, just download and install the latest divx bundle. After that you'll be able to play .mkv files on your ps3.

#5 - barrybarryk - March 16, 2011 // 8:00 pm
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low res mkv files will work but more optimisation is needed before it's a real alternative to the inbuilt video player. great work in progress though.

#4 - BallaBalla - March 16, 2011 // 7:48 pm
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mkv works with this... testet by me... but stutterd... but works.

#3 - mrgreaper - March 16, 2011 // 7:37 pm
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could we not before?

no hd means no mkv files, that's the only thing my ps3 can't play.

#2 - fabian9907 - March 16, 2011 // 7:22 pm
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Now we can watch Penn and Teller on the PS3 =D

#1 - PS4 News - March 16, 2011 // 7:13 pm
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Today andoma announced on IRC that he has released Showtime - a PS3 Homebrew Home Theater System media player application!

Download: Showtime PS3 PKG File / Showtime PS3 SELF File / Showtime PS3 for 3.41 (by deanrr) / Showtime GIT v2.99.183.gbf4bb for PS3 / Showtime Overview / Showtime Repo

To quote from his page linked above: After about a month of hacking I'm happy to announce that Showtime now can be run as a native "homebrew" application on the PS3. See PS3 usage guide for more information of how to get started.

If you have any questions please use the PS3 forum on this site.

PS3 usage guide

Getting started

Download files here:

For a full featureset of Showtime see

Most of this should work except for playback of high res. HD videos (basically when the PPU runs out of cycles). There are a bunch of strategies for how this should be handled but I've not had time to start digging into this yet

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 controller

✕ Activate (Enter) currently focused item
○ Navigate back
△ Bring up options / playcontrol menu
□ Screensaver (Until something better has been figured out)
► Play/Pause
▬ Home menu
✜ Navigate

L3 - Bring up playback info (During video playback)
R3 - Bring up log console


  • Plugging in a standard keyboard in the PS3 USB port works and is currently the only way to input characters.
  • No virtual keyboard is supported at the moment.

Other stuff that does not work

  • TV-style remote controller (whatever that's called) has not been tested. No idea if it works or not.
  • BD/DVD/CD Discs - No idea how that works
  • Digital pass thru audio (AC3, DTS, etc)


There are probably plenty of those. Please use the issue tracker at

Build it yourself!?

Start by reading README here:

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