How to Stream Media from your Desktop to PS3, Smart TV, Smartphone and many other devices

If you are planning to stream media from your desktop computer to PS3, Smart TV or Smartphone for better multimedia experience, then you will feel happy to know that it is indeed possible with the help of Universal Media Server, built on the PS3 Media Server.

Universal Media Server usually helps you to turn your desktop PC into a media server to stream content on DLNA compliant supported devices. Being a JAVA application, UMS is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. The media server is mainly powered by MEncoder, FFmpeg, tsMuxeR, AviSynth, and MediaInfo, etc. It supports all major audio and video file formats and is packed with advanced features.

Therefore in this article, we are going to show you the most appropriate way to configure a Universal Media Server so that you can stream media from your desktop computer to PS3, Smart TV or Smartphone.

Devices that support Universal Media Server

Before moving into the main section of this article where we will show you the necessary steps to configure Universal Media Server software so that you can share media from your Desktop to PS3, Smart TV, and Smartphone, you must first check whether your device supports Universal Media Server or not. Therefore in this section, we are going to list a few of the top devices that support Universal Media Server.

Sony Bravia TV, LG Smart TV Upgrader, Freebox HD, Freecom MusicPal, Pioneer Kuro, Nokia N900, Philips Aurea, Philips Net TV, Yamaha RX-V671, OPPO Blu-ray players, DirecTV HR, Popcorn Hour, Xtreamer, Brite-view CinemaTube, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Samsung televisions, Google Android, Philips Streamium, Western Digital WD TV LiveXBMC Media Center, Boxee, and Samsung UPC Horizon, etc. are few of the top rated devices which supports Universal Media server.

Note: One thing that you must always remember that your devices should be DLNA compliant or else Universal Media Server will not work properly.

Basic steps to configure Universal Media Server

1. First and foremost you have to download and install Universal Media server on your computer. You can download Universal Media server From Here 

Note: During the installation process, you will be prompted to install AviSynth 2.6 MT, so go ahead and click on the “Yes” button. You must know that the graphical interface provided by the Universal Media Server is more comforting than other popular UPnP media servers for an average user.

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2. After installing the software from the link mentioned above, you have to first open the software and look at the “Navigation/Share Settings” tab. Within “Navigation/Share Settings” tab you have to add all the folders that you want to share with other devices.

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In order to add a particular folder to the “Navigation/Share Settings” tab, you need to use the folder icon at the bottom. Once you click on the folder icon, a new dialog will open where you need to add the folders that contain the files which you want to share, or you can even choose a drive as a whole.

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After adding the folders that you want to share, you have to configure the HTTP settings and the network for your media streaming server.

Note: There are other options in this tab as well which controls several preferences for tuning UMS according to your requirements.

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3. After adding the folders that you want to share with other devices within the “Navigation/Share Settings” tab, you need to shift your focus on the “Plug-in management” tab that allows you to install additional features along with essential plug-ins like streaming music from services like Grooveshark, and Google Music, etc.

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4. After configuring the “Plug-in management” tab according to your choice, you have to finally check the “Transcoding” settings that help you to control a file’s Transcoding for proper playback on the rendered devices.

Note: If you are unsure of what a “Transcoding” setting does, you can set the “Transcoding” settings to its default state.

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So by executing these four simple steps, you will be able to configure UMS. If you go through this section thoroughly, you will understand that it is really straightforward to configure the Universal Media Server.


We can conclude that the easy installation and configuration process of UMS sets it apart from other tools that only provide command line setup which can be a little tricky for the majority of the users. Due to the wide range of supported file formats and devices, you can consider Universal Media Server as one of the best options to stream media from desktop to PS3, smart TV or Smartphone.


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