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Whether you ripped your entire CD and DVD collection, purchase DRM-free content online, or you acquire your media from less legitimate sources, we'll show you everything you need to know to stream your audio, video, and pictures to any console you own.
The secret to streaming on all three platforms is a little program called TVersity. TVersity is a a standalone media streaming utility, designed to stream video to devices that support a number of different protocols, including UPNP, DLNA, and Flash video. The driving goal for the folks behind TVersity is to let you stream your media to any network connected device using the software. While it's still in beta and is in constant development, TVersity works reasonably well now; although it can be tricky to configure the first time.
The reason we love TVersity is that it automatically converts your content into the proper format for easy streaming, on the fly. This is important because none of the streaming boxes actually work with all the common audio and video formats. While the PS3 can play MPEG1 and MPEG2 video, it can't play WMV formatted files. The Xbox can play WMV, but chokes on many Divx and Xvid files. The Wii can only play Flash movies, using the downloadable Opera browser.
Getting the TVersity service working properly, and then configuring it for the best image quality is tricky, but it can be done. We're going to start by configuring TVersity and the codecs you'll need on your system, then we'll jump to console-specific sections after that.