DVD and HD-DVD backups, anyway to stream them to an xbox360?


Prominent Member
Hi all!
I recently moved our HTPC back into my sons room. I just couldnt get the MKV's to play nicely, HD audio and all, stutter free on our home cinema system. So, back upstairs it goes...

Now, I have a lot of movies on this computer. My old DVD backups are there as lossless VOB files, 5.1 soundtrack and all.

And my old HD-DVD movies are backed up as MKV files, HD audio still intact.

My question is, is there an application you could recommend me that can transcode and stream these files over my network to our xbox360's, or perhaps even one of these new Blu-ray players that can stream media files?
(just got a Panny DMP-BDT310, which claims MKV compatibility on the box).

Unfortunately, we only really have a wireless N network in our house, so can any of these applications also 'crunch down' the data sent? (AVI files can stream just fine) Just being able to watch the movies in ANY kind of quality would be nice!

I know this question must get asked 100's oof times, but it just seems a minefield of applications and answers out there...


niall campbell

Established Member
what you need is a NAS external hard drive with ETHERNET cable

this plugs straight into your router and will transmit throughout the house , without a need for your PC on

Western Digital My Book World Edition 2TB Home Network Storage: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

you just need Divx files , as you have the files already . DIVX PLUS does not work .............. divx files are great quality. This is a great free programme . Click on blue tabs and add your file and select AVI at bottom as your output

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Distinguished Member
The easy solution is to install Serviio (free) or Mezzmo on your PC and have them transcode the vob/mkv video and stream it to the Xbox 360 or anything other device, there is some fine tuning of transcoding possible.

Although a better solution is buy a dedicated network media player like a Popcornhour A210 and let that play all media instead of using a HTPC or Xbox 360 with no transcoding required.

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