Failed Getting TVersity to Stream to Xbox 360
Categories: New Tech
After achieving success streaming videos converted to .wmv format with VLC (download here) to my Xbox 360, several people recommended I try the recent release (v. 0.9.9) of TVersity (download and system requirements here). TVersity holds the promise of transcoding and streaming most any video (in any format) to the Xbox 360 – assuming your PC has the hefty horsepower needed (mine does).
Initially, after reading the many comments in the support pages I figured this was going to be too difficult and didn't bother. Since then I've seen articles popping up all over th net (see Sources below) touting TVersity as the second coming of video streaming to the 360. I wonder how many of these bloggers actually tried to install it!
So, reluctantly I dug in, got out the notebook and pen (actually my tablet PC) and spent the better part of a day trying to install this program and get it to work. I failed! I can definitively conclude that this program is not ready for prime time. If you are a software and network engineer (or just plain lucky), you may be able to get it to work. I couldn't, and I suspect the average user won't be able to either.
I followed the detailed installation instructions (here and here), I forwarded ports in my router, I downloaded and installed codecs and other recommended software/drivers (FFDShow, latest AC-3 filter, latest Quicktime Alternative). I followed ever jot and tiddle of the instructions and dutifully followed the suggestions in the TVersity/Xbox 360 forum – no TVersity for me!
I could get it to work on my PC. I could get it to see all my videos and play them – apparantely an important sign of success – or so say the instructions. This is no biggy though as WMP11 can already play all my videos in all formats that I use (I had long ago installed all the relevant codecs on my 'puter). I got the localhost:41953/lib to work (though I didn't understand why this is required since it seems to be a duplicate browser-based version of the standalone .exe application). It looked very promising at this point.
But from there it went down hill. At no time could I get my Xbox to see this service. I enabled and disabled sharing through WMP 11, among many other things. My Xbox 360 just staired at me like a dog wagging its tail wondering what I wanted.
Alas, as a good computer user I deinstalled all the stuff I installed, and I reset my computer to the restore point I set prior to this adventure. I'm now back to where I was. The VLC converted videos are detected and play, once again, through my XBox 360.
If you have had better luck then I, please post a comment and let me know what your secret sauce was. I couldn't find anywhere in any description, FAQ, support document etc. exactly what the user experience is supposed to be on the 360 once this is all working. I know it takes time for movies to start streaming. Does anyone know if you can pause, rewind or fast forward through videos with the Xbox remote when using TVersity? If you can't the exercise is, to my mind, pointless.
What's next for me? I'm waiting for the new TiVo Series 3 software updates (expected any time soon) before I try anything like this again. Those updates along with TiVo Desktop Plus 2.4 are supposed to let me do the same sorts of things with my TiVo Series 3 that TVersity is supposed to do.
- Failed Getting TVersity to Stream to Xbox 360 (December 8, 2006)
- Success with Movie Playback on my Xbox 360 using VLC (November 23, 2006)
- Using TiVo Series 3 in Canada (October 15, 2006)