This has been driving me around the bend for a few weeks now. It's the sort of thing which seems like a really obvious use-case for a device billed as being a networked media player, but it's needlessly complicated.

Here's how I finally got it working:


  1. Give up on MediaTomb

  2. Install PS3 Media Server

  3. Edit WEB.conf and put in a line per stream you want



The magic line looks like this:


audiostream.Web,Radios=Stream Name,http://stream/url,http://image.url


The slightly tricky bit which is completely unobvious from the examples in there is that you can't put a stream URL that fetches a playlist. The transcode subsystem calls mplayer without --playlist so mplayer will think that the playlist is an audio stream, and thus the whole thing will fail dismally.

So you want to fetch the playlist file and extract the real stream URL. It should then work. At least it does for me.

This stuff should be a completely simple no-brainer supported directly by the PS3. That one has to jump through stupid hoops to get it working is completely unacceptable in a "mainstream" media device. And DLNA can kiss my arse, too. Stupidest thing ever.

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