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How to change Netflix account on the PS3

Have you ever wanted to change the account associated with the Netflix app on your PS3, but could never figure out how?

Many online articles and forums recommend that you remove the Netflix app from your PS3 first, then download and reinstall again.

Luckily for you there’s a much easier way to change your Netflix account association.

Simply hold the START and SELECT button simultaneously on your PS3 controller AFTER you have clicked the Netflix app from the menu.

You should hold these buttons together right after you have chosen to load the Netflix app, even when it is a dark screen.

You will receive a message asking you if you’d like to reset your Netflix settings and re-register. Simples 😉

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Jailbreak PS3 v3.55 (PlayStation 3)


In September there was a major advance in terms of “exploiting” the PlayStation 3. Up until then, hacking the PS3 seemed near impossible. There were of course some who claimed they had compromised the popular gaming system, but nothing was ever released. That was of course until GeoHot announced in September that he had Jailbroken the PS3.

A few days ago, GeoHot released a video of a Jailbroken PS3 running a homebrew application. Today, the guide on how to Jailbreak your PS3 is here:

Jailbreak your PS3 (v3.55)

What you Need:
  1. USB Stick / Drive
  2. Jailbreak File

Jailbreaking PS3:

  1. Download the Jailbreak File
  2. Create a ‘PS3′ folder on the USB Stick
  3. Create another folder inside the ‘PS3′ Folder called ‘UPDATE’
  4. Unzip the  ‘Jailbreak.zip’
  5. Copy the PS3UPDAT.PUP to the UPDATE directory that you just created on the USB stick
  6. Plug USB in PS3 and go to your PS3 System Settings
  7. Choose System Update and Update via Storage Device
  8. IT will ask for v3.55 Update press OK
  9. Install the Jailbreak Update.
  10. After less than a minute your PS3 will Update then shut down
  11. Power up your PS3 by clicking the power on your PS3 (do not start with PS3 Controller)
  12. Your PS3 should now be fully Jailbroken
Testing
  1. Copy http://geohot.com/test.pkg into the root of your USB stick
  2. Connect your USB to your PS3
  3. Navigate to the Game Tab
  4. Choose Install Package Files
  5. Select Test.pkg
  6. This is a splash screen test which proves your PS3 can now run Homebrew.

Here’s a video of it in action:

I’d expect to see a major firmware update by Sony in the next day or so as they seem to act on any potential security holes like this pretty quickly!

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Download and Install Themes to your PS3

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Another nice cool feature of the PS3 is the ability to customise the look os the user interface with theming.

However, the annoyting part is that downloading these themes from either the PS3 Store or other websites can take quite sometime as a lot of them are in the region of 70MBs or more. It doesn’t allow the option of downloading these themes in the backgroud.

So what can you do you ask?

Well if you have an external usb HDD, you could install them from here.

Firstly go to your favourtie PS3 theme websites and download them to your hard drive. Here are a few to get started:

www.ps3-themes.com
www.allps3themes.com
www.psu.com

In order for your PS3 to recognise these files when you have connected your hard drive, you will need to set up a particular directory structure on your external hard drive. Here’s what you need to do.

Create a folder called “PS3”, within this folder create another called “THEME”. Copy your downloaded files to these folders and connect your drive to your playstation.

From within the playstation3, go to System Settings and choose Theme Settings from the menu. In here, choose install. You should see your connected USB hard drive. Choose the theme you want to install and voila!

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Sound garbled / muffled when streaming MKV files to the PS3 (TVersity)

Yet again, I’ve been playing with my PS3. I’m constantly trying to improve the configurations to get the best from the system.

I encountered an an unusual situation today when streaming high definition MKV files to the PS3. Basically, although the picture was perfect, the sound was garbled or muffled which made it impossible to listen to.

So what’s the fix says you? Well I’m running a Windows Vista machine and the fix for that was simple. Go into your services and find the TVersity service. Change this service to run with your account as opposed to the “local system” account and voila, you should have no more issues!! :)

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Stream music, videos, YouTube and pictures to your PS3 with TVersity

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This year, my ultimate Christmas present was a Blu-ray player. However, with the average price of a decent Blu-Ray player being around €300, I thought it might as well get a bit more bang for my book and go for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) which cost only €360 (from play.com).

I had loads of plans on what I’d do with it when I got it. I really wanted the new PS3 to become my media centre, where I could utilise all of the many media files I have on my computer. My first plan of attack was to do the most nerdy thing and install Linux on the PlayStation. After I did this, I realised that it was a pretty poor way of doing things as it runs quite slow.

What I really needed was something simple that could play all the files I have on my computer. After much searching I found a great little program called TVersity.

TVersity is a free program that acts as a media server and can be easily accessed from your PlayStation 3. The beauty of this software package is that if the file you want to play from your computer is not supported by the PS3 natively, TVersity will convert and stream it to the PlayStation in a supported format. I tested streaming an 8gb MKV file over my local wireless network and it worked seamlessly.

Not only can you stream your local files, you can also set up RSS feeds such as YouTube for example, and access them from your PlayStation with ease.

If you, like me, needs something to get use out of their HD TV, download TVersity, hook it up with your PlayStation and enjoy the fun!

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