Originally Posted by FrogDR
what is the difference beetwen PS3 MEdia Server and Universal Media Server ?
There isn't much difference, their two flavors of the same software, PS3MS takes changes from UMS, and UMS takes changes from PS3MS. There are some differences (I think the interface itself is the biggest and propably only).
Originally Posted by oPolo
An advantage to Showtime would be that the transcoding is done on the PS3 and no external media is needed to have any application running that can do the transcoding. Thus Showtime for instance could access a NAS filled with video files without it having running any application. The NAS only needs uPNP or whatever is needed for the PS3 to access the files.
Yes the biggest advantage of showtime is that it can run and transcode video's natively, the biggest disadvantage of showtime is that it transcodes video's natively which the current implementation can't handle properly on most HD content (or DTS audio tracks).. It takes a lot of time and knowledge to rewrite the transcoding parts to take advantage of the PS3's CELL proc and RSX, and even though there are whitepapers out for using the PS3's CELL for decoding, the code on which the whitepapers are published doesn't seem to be available.. (You even have to pay for some whitepapers)..