[mythtv-users] Streaming MythTV recordings (MPEG-2) to an Xbox 360

Vitani vitani-mythtv at tfxsoft.com
Thu Jul 22 09:08:55 UTC 2010

Good morning,

For over a year I've been happily streaming my MythTV recordings from my
Mythbuntu server to an Xbox "classic" which was running XBMC. I did this by
setting up symbolic links with "pretty" names in a nicely organised TV
folder directly to the MPEG-2 files in the MythTV recording folder.

Now times have moved on a bit and I've "acquired" some HD content which I'd
like to view on my TV as opposed to my PC, or by connecting my netbook to
the TV so I bought myself a broken 360 (the DVD drive doesn't work, but
that's another story) with the intention of swapping one Xbox for another.

I did my research before-hand and found out that the 360 does play MPEG-2,
but I have since found out that it only does that through Windows Media
Centre, not using uPnP/DLNA. Obviously as I'm using MythTV installing
Windows on my server wasn't really an option, but a friend suggested running
it in a VM. I tried this, and it worked (using a mapped drive from the
Windows VM to a samba share on the host machine), but it was unusabley slow
taking about a minute to become responsive after start up and then taking up
to 30 seconds to respond to the OK button.

So, my question today is has anyone done this and got it working? Do you
have any advice? Are there options I haven't considered (which wont cost me
more, the Mrs is already annoyed that I've spent 75 and she can't watch
Eastenders atm)? Is there someway I could transcode these videos on the fly
into another format the Xbox 360 supports? Shall I just cut my losses and
revert back to the Xbox Classic with XBMC and miss out on HD?

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