The PlayStation 3 is a multimedia powerhouse, not just a game console. With the growing popularity of websites offering streaming live TV, the PlayStation is an ideal device with which to stay up to date on your favourite shows. It doesn't require an expensive cable subscription or any additional hardware, either---just an internet connection. So get your console set up and get ready for access to a whole world of entertainment at your fingertips.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- PlayStation 3
- Broadband internet connection
- PC or Mac computer
Set up your PlayStation 3 console as described in its user manual and connect it to the internet. You can either use a wired Ethernet connection or the PlayStation 3's built-in wireless networking. A wired connection is usually faster and easier to set up, while a wireless connection removes the problem of trailing cables.
Refer to the PlayStation 3's documentation and the information you were given from your internet Service Provider for the exact settings you should use. Wireless connections often require a special password or "WEP key" to access.
Switch on the PlayStation 3 and select the "Web Browser" option from the Network section of the system's interface.
Press the "Start" button on the PlayStation 3 controller to bring up the Address window. Use the on-screen keyboard to type in one of the addresses listed in the Resources section below. Or, if you're viewing this page on your PS3 already, just click on the links to go straight there.
Sign in to the website or create an account if it requires you to do so. You should then be able to watch live TV streamed via your internet connection.
Install and run a piece of identity protection software if the website you are trying to use informs you that its services are not available in your region. This will "mask" your IP address from the website, tricking the website into thinking you are connecting from a location you are not currently in. This allows you to make use of region-locked services such as BBC iPlayer from outside their home regions.
Tips and warnings
- There is a wide variety of internet-only live content. Sites such as UStream and JustinTV offer a mixture of network TV and independent internet-only productions.
- Baseball fans are catered for by Sony's official MLB.TV app, recently launched on the PlayStation store.
- If you live in the UK, you can purchase Sony's PlayTV device, which turns your PlayStation into a digital TV receiver and digital video recorder. It is able to receive TV signals from the DVB-T network, known as "Freeview" in the UK, bypassing the need for an internet connection. Sony has not announced any plans to bring this accessory to North America.
- Be careful when using identity masking services, particularly web-based proxies. Some of them slow your internet connection considerably while in use, and others may be infected with malicious software. Be sure that your computer's antivirus and anti-spyware packages are up-to-date and running before attempting to use any services like this.
- It is always safest to use a reliable standalone piece of software such as "Identity Cloaker" rather than a web-based proxy.
- Masking your identity while online is not illegal in itself. These services should not, however, be used to undertake any illegal activities such as copyright theft.
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