How to Stream Video to Xbox 360

I recently bought a Xbox 360 Elite and I love the damn thing! The games are awesome and the the Xbox Live subscription service is sweet. Outside of playing games, however, there are lot of over things you can do with a Xbox 360.

For example, you can stream HD video, music, and pictures from a home PC to your Xbox so that you can watch it on your TV. So if the Netflix streaming option on the Xbox is not enough for you, it’s super easy to setup video streaming to your Xbox from a PC.

There are actually a few different ways you can go about streaming video to the Xbox, and I’ll mention all of them, but will predominately talk about setting up Windows Media Player. For me, it’s the easiest and works the best.

You can read my previous post on TVersity, a free program to stream media from your PC to your TV.

To setup Windows Media Player for video, picture, and music streaming, follow these steps:

1. Open Window Media Player and go to Tools and then Options. If the menu is not present, press the ALT key first.

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2. In the Options dialog, click on the Library tab and you should see the section for sharing and folders to monitor:

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3. Click on the Configure Sharing button and make sure your Xbox 360 is turned on. You should now see it in the list box. Click the Share my media button to enable sharing.

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4. Now click on the Xbox 360 icon in the list box and click the Allow button. As you can see, my Xbox has already been allowed to access media on this PC. I have two icons because my original one broke and Microsoft sent me another one (that’s a different story!).

Once you click Allow, the green check icon will appear over the icon.

5. Now click on the Customize button to configure what you want to share with the Xbox. You can choose to share music, pictures, and video, the ratings, etc. It’s best to just choose “Use default settings”.

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6. Now click OK and then click OK again to go back to the  original Options dialog box. Now click on Monitor Folders to setup which folders you want to show up on the Xbox 360.

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7. You can either select My personal folders, which will automatically choose the My Documents folder, plus some other system folders. I chose the other option so that I could manually choose which folders to monitor.

Just click Add or Remove to pick your folders that have video, audio, or pictures. Click OK and then click OK on the main Options dialog. Now you are done with configuring Windows Media Player.

8. On your Xbox, click on the green Xbox button in the center of the controller.

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9. Now go to the Media tab and choose Music, Pictures, or Videos.

xbox interface Source: NTLWorld

10. The Xbox should automatically detect the Windows Media Player share on your computer and it will show the name of your computer.

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Choose your computer name and now you will be able to browse through your media folders just as you would on your PC! That’s it! Now you can download videos from the Internet and watch them on your TV using your Xbox. Enjoy!

Comments [5]

  1. [...] it took quite a bit of time to figure out how to stream MP4 and video files to the Xbox 360 using Windows Media Player, but once I did, it was great because I could watch my movies, TV shows, [...]

  2. Guru Prasad says:

    Hey Thanks man.. This really helped. I was confused on how to setup default folders. I could configure only to My Documents folder. But this definitely helped.

  3. mr spoom says:

    thank you so much! you made it so easy to stream video to my Xbox!

  4. george says:

    How do you take data that is streaming to your PC to the xbox? For example, what if I have live NBA game streaming to my computer and I want to watch it on my TV?

  5. david says:

    Is there an established way to stream data that is streaming to your PC through a web browser to your xbox and display as a streaming video simultaneously?

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