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I have a ubuntu server with transmission set up. I download most of my movies and series in .rar format. I have to unrar the movie and then look at it. Do anyone know about a movie player who can play .rar files? I know xbmc can, but xbmc is pretty resource heavy.

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Vlc can do it. Just open first part and it will do the rest.


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PS3 media server can also play rar'd files. It can browse rar files and play the contents within them without having to extract them.

Also you don't need a PS3 to stream with it. It will stream to many devices. I use it to stream to a Samsung AllShare TV. Even Banshee picks it up so you can watch the movies locally if you choose.

You can see the option here in this screenshot

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From to install run the following commands in terminal, one line at a time -

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:happy-neko/ps3mediaserver
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ps3mediaserver

For more information,

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