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August 8, 2011 // 7:10 pm - Today PlayStation 3 developer facanferff has made available Showtime TV: WatchTV and GameTrailers for PS3 homebrew fans.

Download: Showtime TV: WatchTV and GameTrailers for PS3 / Showtime + WatchTV 3.41 PKG by CloneD / Guide / GIT

To quote: With this talk and before you download Showtime + WatchTV + Channel9 + GameTrailers, you have to know how this system works.

1. Extract the folder called list from the archive to any place of your computer

2. Upload it to a website that you have or wait for a known person to you do it (the folder list must not be changed, the name should be this and only this)

3. Install the pkg provided in the package

4. Go to Showtime's Settings

5. Enable WatchTV plugin, enable too the option called "Check for new versions" (this searchs for new versions of the plugin each time you open WatchTV, it is a very useful option to enable) and below that option is one called "Remote website" there you enter the full name of your website till the folder list you uploaded to that website.

For example:

Imagine you have uploaded the full path of list folder is this:

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You have to write with a keyboard in that option the following:

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Note: You have to include "http://" (without double quotes) for it to work otherwise you get an error

6. Go to WatchTV plugin and you should have three folders called:

  • All Channels
  • Genres
  • Country

What's do each one?

All Channels: Searchs all the files of the list folder supported and shows every channel in it, as a big list

Genres: Here you can choose a genre, for example if you choose Entertainment, it will show you the channels included in the list-entertainment.xml file

Country: Same thing as Genres, but it will only show to you the channels of the selected country
That's it, you made it and you have WatchTV working.

For Devs and people that know XML: If you want to add your own streams to it, add the folowing lines:

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Do you see what's between /description and /channel that's what you have to add each time you want to add a channel.


1. I don't want to upload the folder to a website, instead of that I have a website that uses your folder, what I have to do?

If this is your case, you may bypass steps 1 and 2, and start by installing directly the pkg, once there, in the option "Remote website" write that website as specified in step 5.

2. The genres list should have more genres, what can I do for it?

Contact me so i can add that genre.

3. The country list is incomplete it needs more countries, what can I do for it?

Contact me so i can add that country.

Finally, facanferff is also working on a YouTube plugin for Showtime, with details as follows:

Current Features:

  • Login to Youtube
  • Standard feeds (complete)
  • Movie Feeds (not supporting yet paid content)
  • Trailer Feeds (complete)
  • User Feeds (Favorites, New subscriptions, Contacts, etc.)
  • Getting Video Information
  • Every resolution supported (240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, 1080p)
  • Search videos
  • Pagination (Powerful and fast!)
  • Recommendations
  • Get information about user
  • Search for User Profile
  • Related videos (if Advanced Youtube is enabled)
  • Response videos (if Advanced Youtube is enabled)

Rules for those interested in being a beta tester:

  • Should use in order to add bugs you may find while testing or request for features or add suggestions
  • Should know where Showtime is located in /dev_hdd0 in order to install the plugin

Showtime TV: WatchTV and GameTrailers PS3 Homebrew Arrives

Showtime TV: WatchTV and GameTrailers PS3 Homebrew 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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