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

Vitani vitani-mythtv at tfxsoft.com
Fri Jul 23 17:52:48 UTC 2010

On 22 July 2010 16:21, Greg <greg12866 at nycap.rr.com> wrote:

>  On 07/22/2010 05:08 AM, Vitani wrote:
> 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?
> Cheers!
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>  I use the PS3 media server..It also works on the xbox360... It transcodes
> on the fly...
> http://ps3mediaserver.org              It works in Linux and windows.
Just installed PS3 Media Server (there's a nice deb package for Ubuntu at
http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5589 which make it a
piece of cake to install) and oh wow - it just works. Not only does it just
work, but I can play ISOs (although not with the menus) and videos in
archive files too! Playing DVD ISOs on a 360, wow! I didn't think it was
even possible :oD

Thanks for the great tip Greg!
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