Best Method to Stream Local Network Video over XBox 360
Posted on 2012-03-23
Good Morning All -
After trying a few things, I'm trying to find the best way to stream video from my local computer onto my HDTV through my Xbox 360.
I own an Xbox 360 (with hard drive) which is about 2 years old, but on the latest dashboard. I also have a home computer (Windows 7 x64 Pro - loaded hardware) with about 3tb of video files on it (I work in multimedia) which is connected to the same hard wired network as the Xbox 360.
Until recently, I used a Boxee Box to play all of my media on my TV. It worked great until it died a couple of days ago :(. Until it's replaced (if replaced), I'm trying to get streaming working through my Xbox 360.
Initially, I set up Windows Media Center on the home computer and added the Xbox as an Extender. It successfully recognised it so I added all of my media folders. After doing this, Windows Media Center froze (even after waiting overnight.) I tried to access it from my Xbox and it, too froze to where after launching Windows Media Center I couldn't move from "Movies" or whatever category it goes to by default. I think I have too much for it to handle, perhaps.
Here's what I've tried or thinking of trying -
- Removed all media folders and added just a few - still froze when trying to index (i guess)
- Installed 3rd party software "PS3 Media Server" but haven't set up yet. Would this work better?
- Looked in Xbox Marketplace for perhaps another video app, but couldn't find one that would stream local files
The file types I stream are AVI, MKV, and sometimes a few others.