If you're looking for a cheap way to stream movies and videos to you TV then look no further than the PS3.
Since the release of the PS4, PlayStation 3 consoles have dramatically reduced in price and you can now pick up a fully working PS3 for as little as £30 on eBay. But what will £30 get you? Typically a PS3 at this price may have some defects – usually the fact that it can't play games.
Whilst this is a huge problem for someone looking to make use of the PS3 console as gaming machine, this is not the case for those looking for a cheap network media player. The PS3 remains one of the best media streaming devices on the market and allows you to play all types of video and music files. This is because the PS3 supports DNLA – which basically means that it can see all sorts of media servers (i.e. where the video files are stored) including PCs and Laptops with Windows Media Player installed or even more sophisticated servers such as Plex and TVersity.
All you need is your cheap console and a network connection. Wired is better, but Wireless works very well too.
Why not just buy a PS4?
PS4 Consoles do not natively support DNLA at the time of writing. A decision was taken by Sony to remove this feature during the development of the PS4. Why? We have no idea, but it is certainly a step backwards in our opinion! The only way to stream movies to the PS4 is via the HTML5 Web Browser (not great) or by using a bespoke application such as Plex. Plex is fantastic, but requires much more setup that a simple DNLA player would such as the installation of a Plex server on the computer that will be serving the video files.
Let's not forget that a PS4 costs around £350 to £400. So if all you want is to stream movies, that's just overkill!
I've bought a PS3 and it won't see my Media Server
PS3 consoles should simply just work with Media Servers. If it doesn't then the chances are that there is something wrong with your setup. Never fear, Sony are here to help. If you are unable to connect your Sony Playstation to the media server you may need technical assistance from Sony. The PlayStation Support Number is available from 0900 to 1900 on 0843 504 9961.