Mac and Xbox One....

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mcapanelli, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. mcapanelli macrumors regular

    mcapanelli

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    Hello all,

    Is there any way to get my mac and xbox one to play nice together? I'd like to be able to stream movies from my mac but can't seem to find anything to make them work together that doesn't require a monthly subscription. Thanks in advance for any and all help.
     
  2. qcmacmini macrumors 6502

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    This should provide some info for you, but yes you need to pay for it I'm pretty sure:

    https://forums.plex.tv/index.php/topic/123608-mac-to-xbox-one/

    What about apple TV, hooked into the HDMI in on the Xbox? Refurb Apple TVs are pretty cheap.
     
  3. hunkim macrumors newbie

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    +1 for Plex, probably the best solution right now specific to Xbox.
     
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    If those movies are on your disk(s) (and not on some internet streaming service), you can use any DLNA-server to stream content (movies/music/pictures), as Xbox should be a DLNA-compatible device.
    You can check out PS3MediaServer, which is completely free. Despite the name, it will stream to any DLNA-compatible receiver. I used it to stream directly to my smartTV.
     
  5. mcapanelli thread starter macrumors regular

    mcapanelli

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    Awesome man, thanks. I'm downloading it now and will give it a spin. I'll hopefully be able to watch "The Hobbit Tolkien Edit" on my TV now.

    I own an apple TV but for whatever reason the streaming sucks. I get major lag whenever I use it.

    I had downloaded Plex but didn't want to pay $10 a month to stream movies I store locally. I don't mind paying for an app as it helps support the developers but I don't want a monthly subscription to stream my own movies.

    Seriously, a big thanks to all of you. The members on this forum have always come through and helped me out and I'm really grateful.
     
  6. mcapanelli thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I'm using the PS3 media server and it sees the xbox, the xbox also sees the server but its not seeing any folders or files. I tried the imediashare workaround and that gets stuck in buffering.
     
  7. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    I would start with checking the format of your movie file. I mean not only the container (i.e. MP4/M4V or MKV or WMV or anything similar) but also the format of video and audio streams inside it. I am unsure about what video and audio stream formats does Xbox support.
    Video needs to be AVC/H.264 and audio in MP3, AAC or AC3 (at least for aTV. I use iTunes compatible videos exclusively, and I can not say that aTV streaming lags).
    So to start with - check what audio/video streams and container (file) formats does Xbox support and make sure your media matches.
    AFAIK, you can also set some transcoding parameters inside PS3MediaServer.
     

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