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Andreas Smas, 01/31/2014 07:17 AM

Showtime 4.4 - list of features


Showtime supports plugins installed from a centralized repository. For a list of available plugins see this link.

Unified search

Searching using the toolbar on the home page will search in all installed plugins that support searching.

File browsing protocols

  • WebDAV
  • SMB / CIFS - "Windows shares"
  • FTP - File Transfer Protocol
  • Local file system.
  • On PS3 it also support reading and writing from USB attached NTFS hard drives.

In addition to this normal HTTP can also be used for streaming.

File formats

  • All formats supported by libav can be played. See here for a full list. Currently Showtime uses libav version 9.

Video codecs

Audio codecs

  • See libav's list for supported audio decoders
  • In addition to this Showtime can also play various game music formats (not available on all platforms)

Hardware accelerated video decoding

Decoding video is a complex task and on most systems hardware acceleration is needed to achieve decent performance.

  • PS3: Accelerated h.264 (Up to Level 4.2) and MPEG-2
  • Rpi: Accelerated h.264, h.264, MPEG-4 (DivX, Xvid), MPEG-2, VP8, VP6, MJPEG
  • Linux: Accelerated h.264 using VDPAU (only on Nvidia cards)
  • OS X: Accelerated h.264 (Using VDA)

Audio output

  • Linux: Digital pass thru of DTS, AC3, E-AC3. For PCM output up to 32 bit 192kHz is supported depending on source content. Discrete multi channel output is also supported.
  • PS3: Multi channel audio streams are re-encoded to 6 or 8 channel DTS (Limitation of PS3 LV2 operating system)

Built-in metadata lookup

  • Artist and Album graphics are looked up using last.fm
  • Movie metadata (including posters) are looked up via themoviedb.org
  • TV shorws (including posters) are looked up via thetvdb.org
  • Metadata lookup can be turned on/off per folder. (Default on)
  • Options exist for user to choose if multiple results are available. A custom search query can also be entered.

Video streaming

  • HLS - HTTP Live Streaming. For multi bit rate streams Showtime will select optimum stream based on available bandwidth.
  • RTMP - Streaming protocol used for Flash players.
  • HTSP - Streaming of Live TV from Tvheadend

Supported subtitle formats (External files)

  • DVD Subtitles and VOBSUB
  • SRT
  • SUB (Microdvd)
  • TTML
  • Automatic code page detection using language heuristics
  • On the fly decompression of .zip files and .gz files containing subtitles


  • Browsing and playback of content from UPnP/DLNA shares.