The PS3 Bookmarklet, which I introduced back in June of 2010, allows you to watch videos on YouTube.com in "High Quality" (360p) and with stereo sound, instead of the low-res standard quality (240p), with mono sound.
The bookmarklet also allows you to watch videos on some other popular sites, where video playback is not normally possible (due to them requiring a more recent version of Adobe Flash or HTML 5 video):
For "non-partner" channels, where the videos are only available in the original broadcast quality, some videos may be un-watchable because the video bit-rate is too high for the PS3 browser to handle (this is now hopefully alleviated, to a degree, with the added support for the old browser, which has superior Flash performance).
On most sites (except for Twitch and Justin.tv) you can also download a PS3 compatible (MP4) version of the videos, often in high definition (720p, or 1080p, where available). The current WebKit based browser (introduced in February 2012), is not capable of playing videos in high-def.
On YouTube, you can also enjoy a novel way to experience your Subscription videos, in the style of the PS3's Cross Media Bar (XMB - below, left)! As videos are dynamically loaded and quickly displayed in a popup video area (below, right), you can zip through your subs videos in no time. As seen in the screenshots below (I'm a diehard Star Trek fan), you can specify a background wallpaper image (using the Settings area). The "Recommended Channels" are added to the XMB and allow you to optionally load the videos for these channels, subscribe to a channel or dismiss a channel.
Other main features:
To allow you to quickly switch the video player to "Full screen" mode, including with the PS3's excellent Blu-ray disc (BD) or media remote, the mouse cursor is initially positioned over the video player's "Full screen" button, where you just need to press or Enter (to ensure this works every time, wait until the video starts playing, before pressing or Enter).This is achieved using a dummy link, therefore, you can cursor back to the link (button) and preserves the standard video player functionality, where you can toggle playback of the video by clicking it, including re-playing a video, when it gets to the end.
PS3 remote usage:
|Play & Pause||Toggles (pauses / resumes) playback of video|
|Scan||Rewinds / advances video by 5% of video duration|
|Slow / Step||Rewinds / advances video by two seconds|
|Stop||Stops playback and buffering of video|
NOTE: pressing any of these buttons causes the browser to exit "Full screen" mode, so to save you from having to remember to resume playback (where paused), on going "Full screen", playback is automatically resumed.
How much is all this goodness going to set you back (with service virtually guaranteed until September 2016, when my (shared) server expires)? My recommended amount is $10, for those living in the America's (U.S. etc) or £10 for those living in Europe (UK etc), for each PS3 / user. This is based on the couple thousand hours I've devoted to the bookmarklet and the cost of hosting the service (I'm around $300 in the hole). The absolute minimum I'll accept is $5 / £5, but I hope a good few of you will opt for the recommended amount, in recognition of my continuing efforts.
Payment is in the form of an Amazon Gift Voucher, which you should send via Amazon.com, for the America's, and Amazon.co.uk for Europe, to email@example.com. In the voucher's message, please specify your PlayStation Network (PSN) User Id and once I've deposited the voucher, I'll message you with your licensed bookmarklet address.
Daniel B· 2014.
As you are not presently using the PlayStation 3 Internet Browser, the following instructions are provided for information only (a dummy address is specified for the "Copy my address" link).
To replace the demo bookmarklet address, with the licensed address, which you received in the PSN message (from me, Tribble6), follow these steps:
Replace the address with the one you saved to the clipboard in step 1 (once you've deleted the existing address, use the Paste button, in the bottom right corner of the text entry dialog).TIP: to delete the entire existing address, once you've displayed the text entry dialog for the Address field, press the and L1 buttons together.
If you would like to contact me regarding the bookmarklet, please feel free to send me a PSN (Tribble6) message or you can contact me via YouTube (danny8bit) by leaving a comment on one of my videos or by sending me a private message.
|Dailymotion, GiantBomb and NeoGAF
with PS3 Bookmarklet
|Watch Twitch & Justin.tv videos
in PS3 browser!
|PS3's New Browser & Bookmarklet
(inc. setup instructions)