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WMC and Media Browser Plug-Ins

Table of Guides (with quicklinks):

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Adding Amazon Instant Video

To use this plug-in you will need an Amazon Prime account. Before installing this plug-in make sure you open Internet Explorer (not Chrome or Firefox) and update your Adobe Flash Player which this plug-in uses for playback.

Now download the plug-in from my server here

Now install the file

 

Once installed open WMC and navigate to “Extras”

Highlight “Amazon Video on Demand”. Press enter.

Enter your Amazon Prime account details. Select “Login”

This is the main screen. Here I have selected “Movies” and “Popular Movies”

Here are the possibilities. Let’s select “The Hunger Games”

You now see a synopsis of the movie. Let’s select “Play”

Your video will now load. This should take a few seconds.

Your video will now start…

You now have Amazon Prime integrated into WMC!

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Adding HULU to WMC

This is a guide on how to add HULU to WMC. This is a completely optional guide and if you don’t want HULU you by no means have to install it. As a reminder HULU is a online video streaming service of TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media, trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage.

So now that you have decided you want to easily integrate HULU into your WMC let’s start the guide. We will need 3 downloads:

  1. Adobe Flash (install this first if you don’t have it already installed. Please note that even if you have Flash installed on your HTPC it needs to be installed through Internet Explorer for it to work for the HULU plug-in)
  2. Hulu Desktop from Hulu (free)
  3. Hulu Desktop WMC Integration from Teknowebworks (free)

First download Hulu Desktop (#2.) and save it.

Open it and install it as an administrator.

Select “Next”

Accept the license.

Remove the shortcut checkmark if you don’t want it cluttering up your desktop. Select “Next”

Run HULU Desktop just to make sure it installed correctly and is working.

After HULU runs for a few seconds and you know it is properly installed close it.

After you have closed HULU Desktop download HULU Desktop WMC Integration (#3.) and run as administrator if possible to install it. Select “Next”.

Accept the license. Select “Next”.

Install this on the same drive as your OS. Select “Next”.

Click “Install”

Select “Finish”

Now open Windows Media Center. Locate the HULU icon and select it. HULU will now run.

You will see HULU exactly like you did before:

When you close HULU or hit back on your WMC Remote you will be brought to the WMC main screen:

Congratulations! You now have HULU available at your fingertips on your HTPC!

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Adding Zinc.TV to WMC

Zinc TV is another free and completely optional online resource for movies, TV shows and more. In this guide I will show you how to add this to your WMC setup.

First there are 2 downloads we will need (both free):

  1. Zinc.TV
  2. Zinc TV Launcher

Let’s first install Zinc.TV (#1.) After you download the file go to the folder and install it as administrator if you can. Click “Next”

Accept the License.

Set-up shortcuts. Click “Next”

Click “Finish”. Run Zinc.

Login and make a new account for zinc. (“assassinhtpc” was too long. “assassin” was not. So apparently there is a maximum length requirement.)

Zinc will now open. This is the main screen of Zinc.

Now exit out of Zinc.

Now let’s install Zinc TV Launcher (#2.) Accept license to download.

Download file.

After saving the file install it as administrator if possible. Select “Next”.

Accept the license. Select “Next”.

Click “Next” to install.

Click “Finish” to complete install.

Now go back and start WMC either from the desktop or your WMC remote. Scroll to the “Extras” section and click it.

Inside you will see the Zinc Launcher (as well as the Hulu Launcher we installed previously). Select ZincTV logo.

Now Zinc will open automatically and you are all set to use Zinc TV!

You also can right click on the Zinc TV logo and add it to the start menu.

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Adding Boxee to WMC

This is a guide to add another completely optional service to WMC: Boxee. This is a very popular social networking and video/audio streamer. To install this you will need 2 pieces of software (both free).

Before installing Boxee make install DirectX which can be downloaded here.

1. Boxee

Note that Boxee has quit supporting any of the desktop/computer versions of the software and these have been removed from their website. Luckily I had these saved and have uploaded them to my server for you to use. Download only the newest preferred version. The older backup version is hosted just in case the preferred version ceases to work.

a. Version 1.5.0 (preferred)

b. Version 0.9 (backup)

2. Boxee Launcher

First let’s download and install boxee from their website.

Choose “Skip to Download”

Save File. Install as administrator if possible.

Click “Next”

Accept license. Click “Next”.

Install in directory. Hit “Next”.

Click “Install”

Its takes a few seconds to install.

Now finish but run boxee as you have to enter some log-in information.

You may have to give you firewall permission to allow Boxee.

Enter your information. Important: Enter a legitimate e-mail address because you will have to confirm your account via email as you will see later. Select “Done” when finished.

Click “OK”

I skipped the screen calibration.

Boxee now launches for the first time.

Now exit Boxee.

Now go to your e-mail and follow the link to activate your Boxee account.

This will take you to this screen and this is where I ran into a little problem. I tried multiple ways to get this to work but it kept telling me something was wrong. I ended up exiting out of this screen with no ill affects as you will see.

Now let’s download and install the Boxee Launcher (#2.) from above. Install this as administrator if possible. Click “Next”

Accept the license.

Install. Click “Next”

Click “Install”

Click “Finish”

Open WMC from your desktop or WMC remote. Click on the Boxee icon on the main screen. If you do not see the icon on your main screen it may have created an item in the extras library in 7MC.

Boxee will now open! You now have HULU, Zinc TV and Boxee at your fingertips from your remote!!!

Note: Boxee is a “mouse-less” interface and needs to be used with your keyboard alone.

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Adding ESPN3 to WMC

In this guide we will add ESPN3 to WMC. ESPN3 is not available to everyone and you will have to check with your internet company as to whether they provide it (most do provide it). Fortunately mine does and I use it all the time so I will add it here.

Software you will need:

The ESPN3 plugin recently has been giving me an error 300 code within WMC. However, if you open up IE and open up something in ESPN3 and then close out and go back into WMC/ESPN3 plugin it works

For this the developer asks you to create an account and log-in. Your account will be made instantly so there is no need to go to your email. Log-in and click “Sports” on the left and then select “ESPN3”

Next accept the license agreements and download the plug-in

Download the application

Follow the prompts

Finish

Now open WMC and click on Extras

You can add the icon to your start menu similar to the zinc icon if you want

ESPN3 will now open

Select an event. Choose to make it full screen. You are now watching ESPN3 on your HTPC!

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Adding Netflix to WMC

For those of you with a netflix account (or who want to start an account) this guide will show you how to easily incorporate Netflix into WMC at the push of a button.

First let’s download the Netflix plug-in here (free).

Click “Run” to begin the install.

Click “Install Now” to install the netflix plug in.

At 55% the installation will stop and you will get this error message. Simply ignore it and click on “Finish”. I think this error is because the installer is trying to install Silverlight. We will do this later.

Now let’s open WMC. Scroll down to the “Movies” section to find Netflix. Select it.

Now enter your account information if you are already a member. Or alternatively you can choose a 30 day trial for free (credit card or paypal required). I chose to start a free trial to walk you through the process.

Once the payment and log-in step are complete let’s enter that information into the WMC plug-in.

Now we are logged in. Let’s select something that looks interesting like 13 Assassins.

Allow WMC to sign in to your account.

Enable playback of protected content.

Your movie will now begin playing

You now can access your netflix online account with the push of a button!

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Adding Pandora to WMC (Version 1)

This guide uses a plug-in developed by Lars to enable Pandora within WMC. A special thanks to Lars for creating this guide for the WMC and HTPC community.

First download the file located here

Next open the file and install the program

The McPandora plugin has now installed. Now open WMC and go to “Music” and then “Radio”

Now click on “McPandora”

Now enter your Pandora account information

After a few seconds your Pandora stations will load

Click on a station to start it playing

Click “Artist Info” to pull up more information about the artist playing

If you click on the album cover from the main screen the backdrop will change to your album art

Hitting next goes to the next song just like on regular Pandora

This is a great plugin and a fantastic way to incorporate Pandora into WMC

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Adding Pandora to WMC (Version 2)

This plug-in appears broken or has been disabled by Pandora. Please see my other Pandora Guide (above)

In this guide I will show you how to integrate Pandora into WMC. Unfortunately there isn’t a seamless plug-in for WMC but this is about as close as you can get. Special thanks for cburbs for help with this guide.

1) Create a folder under C:\Users\%username%\APPData\Local called Pandora\PandoraMCE
So in the end it will look like this:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Pandora\PandoraMCE

2) Copy all files below to the PandoraMCE folder.

a. Pandora.xml

b. RegisterPandoraMCE.bat

c. UnRegister PandoraMCE.bat

d. One or all 5 of the icons below (pick the one you like the best. Click on the icon you want to save and download):

3) You can choose which Pandora Icon to use by changing the image url line in the Pandora.xml file. To edit it right click on it and choose edit. Change the end of the following line to the one you want to use.

Note: I had to edit my .xml file with Microsoft XML Notepad (free) to create my .xml file. You can download XML Notepad here if needed.

ImageUrl=”C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Pandora\PandoraMCE\icon.png”>

This is what my .xml file ended up looking like in XML Notepad:

4) To register this into wmc right click on the RegisterPandoraMCE.bat and “Run as administrator”.

5) To unregister this into wmc right click on the UnInstall PandoraMCE.bat and “Run as administrator”.

The end result:

The first time you open Pandora within WMC you will see this screen. Click “Don’t ask me this again” and then choose “View Now”

The next screen will ask you what type of artist you want to hear

The music will start playing!

Alternatively you can log-in and pull up your account just like you usually do with Pandora. The finished product inside WMC:

Tip: Please note that you need a mouse to control Pandora in WMC

Tip: Make sure to run the internet connection setup in WMC to enable your internet connection in WMC if you have not already done so

Tip: To change streams you may need to first hit “Pause” or “Stop” to stop the previous stream from playing. Otherwise you will have 2 simultaneous streams playing.

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Adding Radiotime to WMC

This guide, created again with the help of paid user cburbs, will show you how to install and use the Radiotime plug-in for WMC which allows you to listen to local radio, radio from around the world, podcasts, etc assuming an internet stream is available.

First download the plug-in here and install it

Now go to your “Extras Library” in WMC

The first screen you will see is the welcome screen. Let’s look at the Local Radio stations

Here you can see what’s on in a particular city. Here I have chosen Lexington

Talk Radio options

Music Radio (can sort by genre)

If you make a user name you also can log-in and make preset favorite stations — just like a regular radio but with thousands of options

If you want to add it to your extras strip just right click on it and add it

Now its easy to click. It plays while you are navigating around WMC too just like a music file

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Adding, Downloading and Watching Movie Trailers in Media Browser

This guide is for those of you who want to add theatrical trailers for your movies. There are a few different ways to do this but this by far the easiest as it is automatic as you will see. I will also add a second option to do all this manually for free. The automatic option does require a premium subscription to MCM or you can get the majority of your downloads during the trial period that you receive when you first use MCM (the first 30 days).

More information regarding the free vs paid version of MCM is available here. Additional information about premium license choices for MCM is available here.

Option 1 (only free during first 30 days but automatic): First let’s open MCM and review our movies. Note here that I am currently using the Premium Demo version which allows me to use these features. Let’s try to find the trailer for “I Am Legend”

Let’s right click on the movie and scroll down to and select “Download Theatrical Trailer” (please note you also can download subtitles if available in the same manner)

MCM will now scour the internet looking for a trailer for this movie. If the movie is older a trailer may not be available. Once a trailer is found it will be automatically downloaded.

When MCM is finished downloading your trailer you can see the new trailer icon which has been added next to “I AM Legend” that denotes that for this movie a trailer has been located, downloaded and placed locally in the “I Am Legend” folder.

This is the MB screen for “I Am Legend” BEFORE we ran the MCM trailer search

And this is AFTER. Notice that a trailer icon has been added to MB that wasn’t there before. This denotes that a trailer is available for this movie. Let’s click on it.

The trailer for this movie starts playing automatically within MB. Very nice.

If you want to do this automatically for all of your movies go back to MCM –> Tools and select “Download missing theatrical trailers”. This will download all the trailers that MCM can find automatically. This may take many hours so perform this task at night or while you are away if possible. Note that you can also do this with subtitles!

Finally when we open the actual “I Am Legend” folder on the hard drive we can see that MCM has downloaded and stored the trailer here automatically.

So now you can download and play theatrical trailers for some or all of your movies automatically!

Option 2 (free): Now I will show you an alternative way to do this that is more cumbersome albeit free. First let’s find a website where you can download free trailers. There are a few out there but I have had pretty good luck with HD-Trailers. Now let’s go to the website and search for a trailer to find like “The Mechanic” (notice the search box in the top right corner)

The search for “The Mechanic” brings back a few choices. This is at the top of the list so let’s click it.

Here you can see all the trailer options. I chose #2 (2011-01-09) at 720p and clicked “Save Link As” to save it to my HTPC.

Next I opened “The Mechanic” folder and made a new folder called “trailers”

I moved the trailer to inside the “trailers” folder

Now let’s open MB and click on “The Mechanic”. Here you can see the new trailer icon showing that MB recognizes the trailers folder. Let’s click on the trailer to watch it.

The trailer is playing! When it is finished it will return automatically to “The Mechanic” folder.

So now you know how to add trailers either automatically for a few dollars or manually for free!

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Basics of Game Emulation in Media Browser

You can use your HTPC to play many classic games from popular systems like Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Sony Playstation, Sega Genesis and many more. To do this we need to use “emulators” which emulate the operating system environment for each of those gaming systems.

In this guide we will concentrate on Super Nintendo (SNES). As there are dozens of gaming systems available it is just not feasible for me to show you how to do each and every one. But I will show you the general way to get this accomplished and you can add whichever gaming platform you like following these basic steps.

First we need to get our emulator. I like this website because it has all of the gaming emulators in one area. To get the SNES emulator that I used for this guide download it here. (free)

Once you have downloaded it unzip it and save the application file away from where you will be storing your actual games. In other words do not store it in the same folder as your SNES games. For this guide I stored it in a folder located on my desktop. This is what the inside of the folder looks like once unzipped and the original zip file deleted.

Now let’s go to your media folder where you have your other Mediabrowser libraries located and make a new folder called “Games”. The folder structure is again important and tells Gamebrowser how to sort and find your games. Inside of the “Games” folder you will need to make folder for each of your gaming systems (e.g. “SNES, NES, N64, Sega Genesis, etc”). Inside of each of those folders you will need to make a folder for your game. Finally inside of the game folder you will place the actual file of the game. This is how the SNES folder looks in my library:

Now let’s tell Mediabrowser where you are saving these files. Open the Mediabrowser configuratorand under the “media” tab “Media Seletions” area select “Add”

Name this folder “Games” and point mediabrowser to where you have it saved on your HTPC

Next in the Mediabrowser configurator go to the plug-ins tab. Under “Other” install “GameBrowser” (free)

With recent updates to Media Browser there is a new “Gamebrowser II (beta)” which can be downloaded here. The instructions for installation can be found here but I will list them as well.

How to install and configure:

  1. Place the plugin in your C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\Plugins directory.
  2. Add your root game folder to the media tab of the Configurator (Just like movies and TV shows)
  3. Click gamebrowser on the plugins tab of the configurator and then click configure…
  4. Start adding Gamesystem/Emulator entries. If your not sure what to do, click the wands, they’re there to make things easier for you.

There is also a very good setup guide here as well for the new Gamebrowser II.

Now let’s click on the “Gamebrowser” plug-in and select “Configure”

The first tab you will see is for the General settings. In the “Root Path” point Gamebrowser to your Games folder. You can also set a “Universal Quit Game Hotkey” which should close you out of your game and return you back to mediabrowser (I have had mixed results with this).

Next click on the “Emulators” tab. Here you can see a list of emulators that gamebrowser has found on your HTPC. For this tutorial let’s concentrate on SNES9x which is the emulator that we are going to use for SNES. Make sure that the executable location is set to where you have your emulator application file stored.

Now move to the game system tab. Here we are telling GameBrowser that we are setting up Super Nintendo and want to lauch via the emulator. We also are telling it where our SNES games are stored. Finally my SNES games are .smc files and this is noted in the Game Extensions area. If you have multiple file types for SNES you can put them all there.

Now let’s close out of the configurator and launch Mediabrowser. Here you can see our new games folder.

Clicking on the “Games” folder shows you the “SNES” folder that is located inside.

Clicking on the SNES folder opens it to reveal all of our games which we have added thus far. Let’s click on one of the best games of all time: NBA Jam.

Inside the folder you can see the play arrow. Let’s select it.

The game will launch but will only be 512 pixels wide — much too small for my taste. So next hit the “esc” key which will enter the menu of the emulator. Go to “Config” and then “Video” and select the following (800 x 600 DS F). Click “SET” to tell it to make this your settings. This will stretch it to fullscreen.

Also in this menu you can setup any keypads, joysticks or other input devices that you are using with your HTPC.

Note: The actual size of the picture below is the initial size. Much too small which is why we need to stretch it since back in the SNES days widescreen TVs weren’t even invented yet.

Now exit out of the menu and relaunch NBA Jam. It is now stretched to fill your entire screen!

I chose to be Karl Malone and John Stockton for what it’s worth

Now you can add more games and more gaming systems. This guide gives you the general idea on how to do each one! Congrats and good luck gaming!

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Metadata and Artwork for Your Games

Now that we have learned how to use your HTPC as an emulator let me show you how to make everything look much better in mediabrowser.

For this guide you will need to download gamebrowser:META (free)

Once downloaded let’s install it. Run the installer

Select “Next”

I chose Everyone. Select “Next”

“Next”

It will install. It may ask for permission to access the internet. Click “Close”

Now open it. The first time it should detect that Gamebrowser is present. Click “Yes” to import your directories

This is the main screen. You can see our files on the left. Let’s maximize the window. Next highlight “NBA Jam” and select “Fetch Game Data” at the top.

A screen will pop up giving you choices. Select your game.

Double click to apply the selection

Next let’s download the artwork for this game.Right above the “Game Details” seen highlighted below is an area denoted “Fetch”. Select this to fetch your artwork. Also please note for this game there is no banner or background artwork available which isn’t surprising as it is almost 20 years old.

Choose the folder artwork that you want and select download

This is as much data and artwork as we could get for this game as the background artwork wasn’t available. Select “Save Game Data” and let’s move on to the next game so I can show you one where all data and artwork is available.

Now let’s select “Super Mario Kart”. Get the metadata and then fetch the folder artwork.

Select the folder artwork and download it like you did with NBA Jam

Now notice on this game there is available artwork for the backdrop. (If this view isn’t available make sure you have backgrounds checked and on the main scree in the “View” menu.) Click on “Fetch” here to retrieve the available backdrop(s).

Select and download this backdrop

This is the entire screen with the metadata, folder artwork and backdrop artwork all available for this game. Make sure to save your work for this game before proceeding. I am going to add a few more SNES games as well for the next screenshots so you can get an idea of how it looks with a bigger library of games.

Now let’s open Mediabrowser and go back into the SNES folder. Remember to update your library first

Note: Notice the cool folder icon that I added? I found this .png file with google images and saved it as “folder” inside the SNES folder. There are now 14 games which reflects the additional games that I added.

Here is our new and improved SNES folder. Huge upgrade don’t you think? Let’s click on “Super Mario Kart”

Inside Super Mario Kart you can see just how awesome this games looks now. The folder art, metadata and backdrop make a huge difference.

Let’s click play and take a turn around the track for old time’s sake!

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Media Browser Remote: Controlling Media Browser From Your Tablet or Phone

This guide is to show you how install and setup Media Browser Remote on your HTPC and use the web interface on your tablet or phone to control what you watch on your HTPC!

This guide is made possible by Luke, a MB user, who is still developing this software.  Show him your support if you like it here

First go here to download the 2 required dlls.

Click on the web link Web API.

On the next webpage click on the Download link.

Click the Download link at the top right corner of the webpage, select Direct Download.

The WebAPI.dll file needs to be saved in the C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\Plugins\ directory.  (The ProgramData directory is normally hidden, so be sure to set your explorer options to view hidden files and folders)

Go back to the first webpage and click on the second link, Download.

The MediaBrowserRemote.dll file needs to be saved in the C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\Plugins\ directory, just like the WebAPI.dll.  (The ProgramData directory is normally hidden, so be sure to set your explorer options to view hidden files and folders)

I recommend having your HTPC assigned a static IP address from your router.  Below is the example from a Linksys router.  I’ve reserved 192.168.1.100 for my HTPC.  (Check out the Remote Potato Setup guide or simply Google your router instructions on how to do this on your specific router)

Open the Media Browser Configurator and navigate to the plug-ins tab.  Click on the Web API app under “Other” in “Installed Plug-ins,” then click on Configure in the lower right corner of the open window.

In the following window that opens there will be an option to select the Tcp Port Number.  I left it as 8092 (the default).  Click Ok and the plug-in will open the port and refresh the Media Browser Service.  (Sometimes a window may appear saying the MB Service could not be refreshed.  Simply right click the MB Service icon in y0ut icon tray and select Refresh.)  When complete click Ok.

Click on the Media Browser Remote app under “Other” in “Installed Plug-ins,” then click on Configure in the lower right corner of the open window.

In the new window, select a port different from your Web API port previously selected (and different from your Remote Potato ports if installed).  I selected the next available port 8093.  Next click Add.

Give your PC a unique name, such as HTPC.  Under Internal Access input your static IP address you assigned to your HTPC in your router DHCP settings.  Under Web API Port input the port number from the Web API app, 8092.  Then click Ok.

Next click the Test Application in Browser link.   (Again, sometimes a window may appear saying the MB Service could not be refreshed.  Simply right click the MB Service icon in y0ut icon tray and select Refresh.)

Your web browser should open and look similar to the page below.  (It may or may not load all your information yet)  Close the webpage after it opens.

Click Ok to exit the setup.

Now we’ll move to your tablet or phone.  (The following examples are from an iPad 2)

Open your device’s web browser and type in the address bar http://<your pc’s static ip>:<MB remote port>/mbremote.

Everyone’s MB setup is different.  Each entry point you setup in the MB Configurator, translates to a tab on the MB Remote home screen below.

If your entry points are not displaying at all, click the wrench at the top right.  Make sure you are connected to the right PC under Current Media Browser PC.  You can also Refresh and Restart MB.  Clicking the home button will take you back to the main screen.

Now to change the webpage into an iOS App.  Click the box with arrow button at the left of the address bar and select Add to Home Screen.

Name the App whatever you like, I chose Media Browser, and select Add.

Place the new Media Browser App wherever you like, I docked mine to home bar.

Congratulations!    You have a tablet/phone app that will let your browse your MB library with graphics and then select media to play on your HTPC.

This guide created by Wilky13 and assassin

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Using a PS3 as a Media Extender

This guide will show you how to use a Playstation 3 (PS3) as a media extender. This allows you to essentially use the gaming device as an extender without having to purchase additional equipment. Please note that an extender will not be as powerful or versatile as a HTPC and thus may not be able to play all files or file types.

You will need a HTPC with Media Browser and Media Center Master set up, PS3, home network (preferably wired for the best speed and stability), and fifteen to twenty minutes to set everything up.

First, download PS3 Media Server via Google or this direct link to the website. This program can be installed on Windows, Mac, or Linux. Choose your HTPC’s system and download.

Download and install the file located here. During the download you may be asked to download and install Java Runtime Version 7. This is normal and required for the program to function properly

Once installed open the program

It may take a few seconds for your PS3 and the PS3 Media Server Program to find each other. Just be patient while they search.

As far as settings go, I wouldn’t tweak much other than what is listed in this guide as I was able to get it to work with minimal changes to the program. Anything above and beyond the following settings should be done at your own risk.

Under “General Configuration” I checked the “start minimized” option so that whenever you start your HTPC, it will launch this program minimized to the taskbar, so it isn’t taking up the whole screen as soon as you log in to Windows. Also, I opted to have it update itself automatically. Next click on the “Navigation/Share Settings”

By default the “Navigation/Share Settings” will have your ENTIRE HTPC available for sharing. I personally do not want to have everything seen on the PS3, so I pointed it directly to my Media folders. Down towards the bottom of the screen (under shared folders), click the plus sign

 

Locate your media files and add what you want to use. Once finished select “Save” at the top and then “Restart Server”. You have now completed the HTPC portion of this guide

On your PS3, navigate to the Video option on the Xmedia Bar and select “Search for media servers”

Depending on how many units you have on your network this could take a few minutes and find 5+ different servers, including Plex. Select the PS3 Media Server (it will name itself based on your computer’s name). Here ours is listed as “PS3 Media Server [AssassinHTPC]”. Hit “X” on the control pad

Unfortunately the PS3 doesn’t list like or look like Media Browser where you’ll have the thumbnails or movie posters. But it may get the job done as a simple media extender to your HTPC.

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Using a XBOX 360 as a WMC Extender

This guide will show you how to use a XBOX 360 as a media extender. This allows you to essentially use the gaming device as an extender without having to purchase additional equipment. Please note that an extender will not be as powerful or versatile as a HTPC and thus may not be able to play all files or file types.

You will need a HTPC with WMC, Media Browser and Media Center Master set up, a XBOX 360, home network (preferably wired for the best speed and stability), and fifteen to twenty minutes to set everything up.

Since a Windows Media Center (WMC) based HTPC and Xbox 360 are both Microsoft products, there actually isn’t any third party software to download. All you need to do is allow access in Windows Media Center to the Xbox.

On your Xbox 360, navigate to TV and Movies → My Video Apps

In this menu select “Windows Media Center”

Once the Windows Media Center app launches it may try to find an existing Media Server. If one isn’t already installed it will fail. No problem as we haven’t set it up.  Select “set up a new connection” and it will generate a unique 8 digit number for you to enter in your Windows Media Center program on your HTPC. Write down this number for use later

No go to your HTPC and open WMC. Scroll down to “Tasks” and choose “add extender”

In this window, enter in the 8 digit code you generated on your Xbox 360

That’s it! This creates an identical set up on your Xbox 360 and your HTPC

Navigation is similar to what you would expect on your HTPC. You can change views, filter, etc

Here you can see that I have changed it to the “Coverflow” view which is one of my favorites

Now you can extend whatever is on your WMC based HTPC (movies, tv shows, live TV, etc) to your XBOX 360.

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