Media Connect

Welcome to the Media Connect landing page (formerly Connect to TVersity)

Alert:  TVersity is no longer free as of version 2.0 and higher.  In order to use TVersity 2.0+ customers, will need to either purchase a TVersity server license, downgrade to a previous release of TVersity (1.9.7 or earlier), or use ORB instead as a media server.

Please note that TVersity is a great application, and the server only costs 3.99 for a basic license for your PC.  I recommend purchasing TVersity if possible however Orb is a free alternative that is compatible with this PlayBook client.  And you can also use PlayOn Lite which is a free client.

Please be aware, we do not include licenses for any media server including TVersity with this software.

Quick Version

Want to just get watching movies?

Step 1:  Download PlayOn Lite (free) and install that on your PC, or one of the others below

Step 2:  Setup your Media Folders (wherever on your computer you store your movies) into PlayOn

Step 3:  In Media Connect, select TVersity as your media source

Done!

Support Model:

  • Client Software >>> Sold by, and Supported by FileArchiveHaven (what runs on your PlayBook)
  • Server Software >>> Sold by, and Supported by Third-Party Companies (what runs on your home PC)

Version Mirrors:

  • We only support TVersity 1.9.7 and earlier.  To access TVersity mirrors (new and old versions) you can find them here or you can find them here at this mirror.

Media Connect Details:

Appworld link:  http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/62602/?lang=en

Below you will find all of the instructions, links and guides to starting to work with Media Connect.  First, you need to decide which media server you want to use.

Before getting started, you must install a media server on your PC so it can send movies to your BlackBerry device.

The following media servers have been tested, are supported, and have different benefits and limitations:

Orb Caster for PC / Mac:

  • Free alternative.  Great for streaming videos to your device.
  • Supported OS:  Windows & Mac OS X
  • Cost:   Free

PlayOn:

  • Notes:  Free version streams video from your desktop.  Subscription allows Hulu and Netflix streaming.
  • Supported OS:  Windows
  • Cost:  Free (streaming only), 7.99/Month (all features), or 79.99 Lifetime (all features)

TVersity:

  • Formerly free offering was strong.  Supports transcoding, works with XBox 360 and other devices.
  • Supported OS:  Windows (only tested and support server version 1.9.7 and earlier)
  • Cost: 3.99 for 6 months (basic), 19.99 for 12 months (pro) – older versions are free.
  • Note, at this price, it might be worth considering purchasing PlayOn for a few dollars more and getting Netflix access for free.

* TWonky (still in infancy):

  • Very popular, requires more customization.  Need to access the videos through the flash port for TWonky.  Not working as well as it should, the TWonky media connect sends some strange commands, still in early progress.
  • Supported OS:  Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Cost: 19.95 Lifetime (pay-per-upgrade)

Once you have decided on a media server, its time to get started!

Guides:

Tversity:

TVersity:  Basic Connection (LAN Only)

TVersity:  Advanced Connection (WAN/Internet Access)

Troubleshooting Tips

Where does the money go?

PlayOn:

PlayOn:  Connection (LAN and WAN)

Troubleshooting Tips

Where does the money go?

Orb:

Orb:  Connection (LAN and WAN)

Troubleshooting Tips

Where does the money go?

TWonky:

TWonky:  Connection (LAN and WAN)

Troubleshooting Tips

Where does the money go?

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12 thoughts on “Media Connect

  1. I am using TVersity with a Blackberry Playbook with the new OS 2 installed. When I try to get Hulu, all I can get is the Recent Feeds (www.hulu.com/feed/recent/videos ) I am a Hulu Plus subscriber. Is there some way to get my Hulu Plus Queue on my Playbook through TVersity? Thanks for your help with this. Martha

    • Olo, I’m Canadian, so I can’t tell you much sbout Hulu… But you might be able to get some good information from http://www.tversity.com — just look for their user forums. I’m sure you can, but I’ve never tested it and don’t want to send you down the wrong path.

  2. Good morning ihave a blackberry playbook but no computer.can I still use the tversity without a computer and how do I do this please.I only have a playbook no computer. Please reply. Thank you very much.

    • Hi Shannon, Swipe down from the bezel. You will see lots of options you dont care about right now. Select help. It will show you instructions on how to configure the software. Remember, it connects to media servers you are running on your pc (playon/tversity/orb/twonky). So you need to decide on which one to use (all are free, some of them need subscriptions for advanced features). From there configure as appropriate. And you can watch movies from your pc on your PB / watch netflix if you are a playon subscriber / etc. This app is intended for a specific audience. So if needed see the refund info in the help screen. Ed

  3. Good afternoon I have a blackberry playbook and I have installed playing to my computer and I have added app to my playbook but I cannot get netflix or anything if my computer is not on. It only works if I am at home. Can you please help me with this matter Thank you

    • Hi there, Unfortunately yes it requires access to a PC for video transcoding, which means a PC must be avialable. However, you can access your PC from work / etc even over Bridge. http://www.filearchivehaven.com/2011/12/29/tversity-advanced/ Using PlayOn to reach Netflix is even easier. While at home, connect to your PC via PlayOn in the connection settings. While at work, use the same settings. The PlayOn website will automatically handle the rest. But in both use cases you will need a PC turned on at home or a VPS with a strong connection.

  4. Hi, Im using Playbook and brought your app hoping to connect to my DLNA (upnp) server running on a NAS. All my media content is stored there and it serves media well to my PS3, SmartTV and my PC. I thought this app is able to just show available media servers in the network and browse their content and at least to stream it. I don’t have any clue how I need to setup this app now to see my media server. Any help is appreciated. Thanks Sebastian

  5. Is it possible to connect to a PS3 Media Server? I have tried setting the server as “Generic” and using :5001 but all I get is a white screen in the Media Connect client.

  6. Have Media Connect installed on my Z10, and have PlayOn Server installed on my machine. When I load Media Connect on the Z10 it connects to the server and says, “Success!” and that’s it. I have a white screen with “Success!” and that’s it. Now what do I do? I expected this to take me to a media player?

    • Just realized that I had a non-functioning server in the settings for server 1, and that the server that was working was in server 2. When I moved the working server from server 2 to server 1, the app started to work.

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