OSX and Xbox360

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MacFanUK, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2009
    Looking for some advice please.

    I'm considering getting an AppleTV but just wondering if I should just use my xbox360 instead. Does anyone use their xbox as a media centre? Is it possible to sync and stream from osx to xbox?

  2. macrumors 6502


    Nov 26, 2004
  3. macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    But most importantly, you need to have your videos encoded so they can be read by the 360. This software, which I think is actually pretty good, does not transcode your video. So if you think you can throw an MKV at it, you will be sorely disappointed.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2006
    I tried Connect360, an didn't like it. I told it to stream my iTunes movies and TV shows, and everything showed up in one long, alphabetical list. It was a mess.

    I use a Playback by Yazsoft. With it, I added my Movies and TV Shows folders within the iTunes folder, and it shows everything properly sorted by TV show, season, and Disk-Track number. Much, much better than Connect360.

    (Don't know about transcoding, as all of my videos are in an iTunes/iPhone/iPod-friendly format. The 360 plays them just fine. Just be aware, anything with DRM will not play.)
  5. macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Streaming with either Playback or connect360 is fine as long as you're ok with the interface on the 360, which I am not a particular fan of. I have Connect360, and I try not to use it since I don't really like the interface, and the amount of menus to go through to get to what you want. Sorting of movies is quite messy, folders sometimes don't show up properly.

    That is one of the reasons I bought the apple tv, since it has a much more simple, intuitive, and more Mac-like interface, and the fact that it has AirPlay, which is my main reason.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2006
    I tolerate the folders (it's not too bad, usually about 4 or 5 levels to drill down) because I have to. I have an SDTV. I would LOVE an AppleTV. My roommate and I watch several TV series that are off the air, and sometimes (like West Wing) we'll go a month without watching an episode, and then we have to go, "Where were we again? What was the last episode we watched?"

    As soon as he buys an HDTV, I'll buy an AppleTV.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
    Rio Rancho, NM
    I have been kind of frustrated using my Xbox to stream content because I can't seem to find a proper encode for the videos I want to stream. I don't know if it's just me or what, but I notice a very slight stutter when the camera is panning left to right. Almost like the picture skips across the screen. It is barely noticeable and my wife and other people don't notice it all but it bugs me. Even Netflix videos do it. I have tried several types of encoding formats using handbrake and they all do it.

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