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

James Orr james.orr7 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 23 19:40:21 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 3:14 PM, Greg <greg12866 at nycap.rr.com> wrote:

>  On 07/23/2010 01:52 PM, Vitani wrote:
> 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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>  I have recommended that to a few people in the past,glad it worked for
> you...Here we have a PS3,and a X-Box 360 and it works quite nicely...  Some
> people don't like the fact that you have to install JAVA,but I've never had
> a problem with it.. We have an integrated windows and Linux(Ubuntu) system
> here, and the media streams to all the pc's on the network...Oh,the other
> thing I love about it is it's free...
I use it for streaming videos from our PCs to PS3 as well, don't really need
it for MythTV recordings as those generally work fine on the PS3 with the
standard myth upnp server.

Nice thing about it is that I can run it on both my linux PC and my wife's
windows PC.
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