Can I use my xbox 360 as a media center wth my mac?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jrm27, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. jrm27 macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Hi all,

    Please forgive a very very very dumb questions. I'm not really a big tech fella, so I know I ask questions that must have very easy answers. My apologies in advance.

    Anyways, I've been ripping my dvd collection with handbrake (using the apple universal preset.. mp4). I'd love a way to watch these through my xbox360. Looking around at a few articles online, it appears as though this is possible?

    Currently, my movies all reside on an external hard drive connected to my mac mini in another room. Is there a way to network them together? We have no internet at our place (saving some dough), but I've got an old router and such laying around if I need to create some kind of ad-hoc network to bring the two together.

    I really have no idea if what I want to do is possible... or how to go about watching my ripped movies on my xBox if it is. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!

  2. theITGuy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2009
    chasing the ghost in the machine
  3. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Did I misread the xbmc link.. can that not be done on a 360? I probably missed something.
  4. taeclee99 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2002
    Anywhere but here
    This is correct xbmc can not be installed on the 360.

    If I were you I would look into getting a dedicated streamer such as:

    1.) Syabas Popbox $130 coming this spring (this also does itunes streaming)
    2) Boxee Box $200 coming this spring (this also does hulu)
    3) WD TV Live - out now.

    Connect 360 only works with certain mp4's. Most of my mp4's with not stream properly at all to my 360 even with Connect 360.
  5. TJRiver macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2009
  6. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I found that most Apple TV encoded Mp4's (from Handbrake) don't work but the normal setting does.
  7. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Thanks for all the help her guys (and maybe gals?)

    If I wanted to use one fo these programs (Connect360 or Rivet), how woudl I network the xbox and the mac together wirelessly without an internet connection? I know jack-crap about wireless networking devices like this, so any direction would be most apprecaited.

    As I said, I've got a wireless router (I think N) sitting in my closet. I'm assuming I'll need to get an Xbox wireless dongle (can I use the xbox one, or does it need to be the 360 one) and some how make the two things talk to eachother?
  8. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
  9. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    I haven't tried the other software people are suggesting, but I use Connect360 and think its great. Set up is simple, just install it, by default it streams iPhoto, iTunes, and for video, you can stream movies you have in iTunes as well as selecting a different folder on your mac and share videos from there. I use this feature to stream video from my external drive to the 360.
  10. NOD macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Why not just use ps3 media server so that you can transcode if necessary?

    Being that it's free and all, I think it might be worth it.;)
  11. StruckANerve macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
    Rio Rancho, NM
    You might be able to save some coin by just wiring your xbox to the router via ethernet and then streaming wirelessly to the router from your Mac. The xbox wifi adapters are 80 or 100 bucks.
  12. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Thanks guys. using the Xbox as a media center would have been the best option for me... but as I don;t haev internet at my house I can't update the needed files on my xbox with the media update. Microsoft said that the only way to get the update is through microsoft live. Since I cant connect to the internet with the xbox, I'm outta luck. Oh well!
  13. TJRiver macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2009
    Connect 360 is great, the real problem is the X Box 360. The fans on that thing sound like a 747 taking off. Even in the so called "quiet" mode, the thing is stupid noisy. I can put up with the fan noise while blasting away in Halo, but not so acceptable when watching movies.

    A dedicated streamer may be the better way to go, but I always wanted to reduce the number of toys under my TV (and the associated remotes), not increase them. :D
  14. graystone macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2008
    Another vote for Connect360. Movies Handbraked with Universal setting seem to stream just fine. I stream from my imac to an Airport Express connected to Xbox with an ethernet cable. A little cheaper than Xbox usb dongle, more reliable, and has added functionality (airtunes for one).
  15. ffair macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2012
    jrm 27

    Your initial question at the beginning of this thread is exactly what I've been trying to figure out for a few days now. Did you ever find out if it's possible to set up a connection between your xbox-Mac without an internet connection? If so, how??
    Thank you so much for your time if you get the chance to respond.

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