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Play Media files on PS3 with Windows Home Server and PVConnect/TwonkyMedia

If you’re using Windows Home Server, you may’ve experienced issues playing media files on Playstation 3 console – it’s because PS3 doesn’t support Windows Media Connect, the media serving software embedded in Windows Home Server.

Until recently, the only solution was to install Packet Video’s PVConnect/TwonkyMedia DLNA-compliant media serving software, which works well with the PS3. However, a recent software update by Sony changed the UPnP handshake string that it sends out to identify itself to media streamers. This caused the PS3 to once again be unable to play files from Windows Home Server.

Terry Walsh has posted a fix for this issue, just follow below steps for getting PVConnect / Twonky to recognize your PS3 correctly again:

  1. Open a remote desktop connection to your home server.
  2. From windows explorer go to the following path: C:\TwonkyMedia\resources
  3. Open the file clients.db (use notepad don’t worry its just a text file)
  4. You will find an entry marked ID:060 It will look like this

    MT:mpeg,mpeg2,vdr,spts,tp,ts video/mpeg
    MT:m4a audio/mp4
    MT:avi,divx video/avi

  5. You need to put a space between PLAYSTATION and 3 so it should look like this: PLAYSTATION 3
  6. Exit notepad saving your changes.
  7. From the windows home server console select PVConnect

     Select the Media Receivers Tab

  8. Click on reset list
  9. From the PS3 scan for media center under any of the Photo / Music / Video search for media centers or whatever it is

    After that PVConnect (aka Twonky) will recognize the PS3 as a PS3 and your video problem will be solved.

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