Yeah, so let me explain the title of this blog post with a little preamble.
A few weeks ago I decided to cut down on our TV bill by scaling back the channels and upping our internet package (we were on the very basic of the basic which made streaming videos painful). With all the TV shows you can stream, and an iTunes account for basically everything else, there is not much point in having a fancy TV package.
Of course, to make things more comfortable to watch I wanted to be able to watch anything on the main TV in the living room. My first thought was that there must be a way to wirelessly stream video from my computer to my TV. After doing a bit of research I found that you can indeed buy such devices. They all seemed to be $250+ for wireless versions, and a Windows Media Centre “Extender” was about $350.
After some further research and some guidance from my best friend Andy (who was the mastermind behind my audition video for the W Network!) we discovered that a Sony Playstation 3 can access your wireless network and stream video (and other multimedia content) almost effortlessly from your PC. The only snag was that anything recorded on Windows Media Centre (a Microsoft product) would not work out of the box (but it would on an Xbox, which is also a Microsoft item). I wanted the PS3 as it had a Blu-Ray player, and also is the only console that plays Gran Turismo (my favourite racing game from my video game days).
Best of all, the PS3 was now only $299 for the version with a 120GB hard drive.
I googled and found a transcoder (Tveristy) that transcodes most video formats to a format that can be read by a PS3 – so when you stream something from your computer it transcodes it on the fly and hits the PS3 in a version that will work. Tversity has a free version which does everything you need it to for this purpose.
So, all in all, instead of spending $250-$350 for a device that streams wireless video from a PC to my TV, I spent $299 (+tax) and got that ability PLUS a Blu-Ray player, PLUS the latest gaming console.
I thought I would post that since others may want to look into it. Happy savinggaming!