Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Streaming SopCast from Linux Box to Playstation 3 or any other DLNA/UPnP-Client

SopCast is quite a popular P2P video streaming client.It is very similar to TVU, PPLive, PPStream and others. One good thing about SopCast is, that a fully supported client for Linux exists, that is somewhat stable and performs well.Since you generally stream TV-Programs with SopCast it is desireable to watch them an an actual TV-Set as opposed to a monitor or a laptop screen. Of course the easiest way to watch the streams on TV would be to hook up your computer or laptop to your TV using HDMI or DVI-Ports but the procedure of connecting and disconnecting your computer to your TV is really uncomfortable. However, many of us either have a DLNA-Client of some kind either integrated into a TV (most newer Samsung, Panasonic and Philips have) or hooked up to the TV in form of a streaming box (WD TV Live HD, AC Ryan Playon) or a gaming console, like the Sony PlayStation 3. So in many cases it is safe to assume that your multimedia equipment and your computers can communicate with each other via LAN or WIFI. Since you can't run a SopCast client directly on your DLNA-Clients you need to run it on a computer and stream the content using DLNA-Protocol to your DLNA-Clients. Now, there are plenty of ways to accomplish this using a Linux box and free software, here's the way i found to be the most convenient for me: