I used my Xbox with XBMC for many years to stream videos and music from my PC via a wireless network. Worked like a charm
About a month ago, we (wife and I) decided it was time to upgrade. Actually, my wife wanted to play the next installment of GTA and we decided to get a PS3 considering that there is a "rumor" that the PlayTV will eventually be released here in Australia sometime in the next year or so...
So, we now have our PS3 connected to the wireless network and use Tversity to stream videos and music from the PC. I must say that I'm disappointed with the performance as compared to the Xbox
, or maybe I haven't correctly set up Tversity.
We only have an SD TV at the moment
and therefore the transcoding of the video files should not be that intensive, but the wireless network is only 54 Mbps. The PS3 tends to lose connection with the media server fairly often, usually in the middle of a video, and the video takes a long time to buffer once selected. Given that, it's almost impossible to search/scan through the video as the buffering is pathetic. I hope that this is due to the transcoding of the video files as they are streamed and I'm currently investigating using a gigabit router instead of the 54 Mbps wireless that we currently have.
So, for the time-being, we use PS3 Video converter to convert all our videos, put them on a USB drive and watch them that way. That, at least, works flawlessly.