Following a conversation on Twitter with @leepollard, let’s find out how we could stream Kodi to PS3. It could be useful, if for example you have a PC running Kodi in some room, and a PS3 hooked to your TV in the lounge and want to watch movies / TV Shows and that big fat TV screen.

Disclaimer : this is a work in progress as I have to borrow a PS3 in order to check if this really works.

Requirements to stream Kodi to PS3

  • 1 PC running Kodi ;
  • 1 TV ;
  • 1 PS3.

To do

stream kodi to ps3

Kodi setup

Configure your PC running Kodi as usual : it means you have to add media to your libraries.

NB : please note that streaming add-ons such as Exodus, won’t work from the PS3!

Now on this PC running Kodi, you have to enable DLNA / UPNP. To do so, navigate to System > Settings > Service, as per image below :

Kodi services

From here, browse to UPNP / DLNA and set it up as shown in the screenshot below :

kodi upnp dlna

Your Kodi setup is done! Let’s check the PS3!

PS3 setup

PS3 has DLNA client integrated inside the Video tab. You should be able to see media shared by DLNA server (which we just set up inside Kodi) and play there from here.

From the PS3’s main menu, browse to Music, Video, or Photo and scroll down until you find the option Search for Media Servers, select it and wait for the search to proceed. (NB: Kodi must be running on some computer of your home network for this to work.

PS3 DLNA
After a few seconds or minutes, the PS3 should list your the Media servers it found (if any). Kodi will be in this list, select it and from here you should be able to browse and stream your media files from Kodi directly to your TV.

However, please note that the PS3 can read as many files (see PS3 allowed files format) as Kodi can. It means that you’ll probably have a lot of “not compatible content”… which really sucks. Yet, it works, and was a fun experiment.

A small note about streaming Kodi to the PS4. I am not 100% sure that the PS4 has the same ability as the PS3 to stream from DLNA servers. According to internet, it was not meant to be before the PS4 was released. However many people complained (and I would have to) about this lack of features, and it looks like it was added at a later date. If and only if it’s the case, the PS4 supports way more files than the PS3 does, which could really be a good combo with Kodi.

Thanks again @leepollard, I’d never have thought about this setup and I enjoyed doing it! 🙂

23 COMMENTS

  1. I’m running exodus through Kodi on my Samsung s2 tablet. I am trying to stream to my TV, either directly or via Ps3. I followed above but get a message that no media servers can be found. Any ideas??

    • Hi Bob,
      Where are the shows coming from (in Kodi) : a Kodi library or a streaming plugin? Also does the PS3 recognize you Kodi media center properly?

        • It doesn’t work with add-ons since add-on streams data and they do not store it directly inside Kodi.

          I guess, you should download files and store them inside Kodi before you could stream them in the PS3. 🙁

          • Yeah, this what I use daily.
            You can go for something based on a raspberry pi if you are a bit “techy” or maybe an Intel Compute Stick based on Win 10 (I havn’t tried those, not sure if they are any good, but they seems to be easy to use”); you could also try an Android HDMI key to plug to the TV and then use Android Kodi version; or even build a small computer for that purpose.

            Plenty of choices! 😉

    • Hi Joy,

      As far as I know / have tested, add-ons installed in Kodi won’t be seen from the PS3. This means that the PS3 can only stream from Kodi “local” sources.

  2. my ps3 has found the kodi app and has plenty subfolders but always read as empty.i direct it to open up the external storage which def’ has audio/video files

    • Hi Tim,

      Are you trying to open video files from streaming add-ons? If so, it won’t work. However, if you are trying to open “real” video files stored on a NAS or directly on the Kodi server, then it should work.
      If you are in the second case scenario, please provide us with more information so that we can try to fix it.

  3. Hi dennis,

    Early in the article above it mentions salt which i believe is a movie addon.
    How does that work in the kodi library, when you statenthat addons wont
    Work, only media files.

    • Hi Chris,

      Sorry about this. This was my mistake. The guide has been edited and I confirm that unfortunately, movie add-ons won’t work whiel streaming from the PS3. 🙁

      Thanks for spotting it!

  4. Having an odd issue – I can see Kodi/XBMC on my PS3, I can drill down through all of the folders I set up on Kodi, but it will not show any files whatsoever through Kodi on the PS3 – video, pics, etc. However, I *can* see and open them through Kodi on my computer. Also, I am opening attempting to open video files through the ‘Video’ tab on the PS3, audio files through ‘Music’, etc.

    Any suggestions?

      • Hi,

        Thanks for the comment. Just to be sure, are you sure this isn’t a codec issue? Do you confirm that you can’t open pics and they the exact same issue with pics than with video?

        • Not sure if it’s a codec issue or not, but the PS3 willl not open the folder that has my video files (or pic files) in it. I can drill down to the folder, just can’t view any files within the folder.
          On my computer in Kodi I can drill down to the folder, see the files within and open them and play with no issue.

          • Also, I can copy the same files directly to the PS3 (from USB) and read/play them from there with no problem.

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