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Connecting an Xbox to PlayOn.tv for Streaming Local Media

PlayOn.tv is a commercially available Media Server which has the ability to play and transcode Multimedia content such that it can be played on an Xbox 360 (or other DNLA compliant players). Not only can it play local files but it also gives you the functionality to play web based video streams such as Hulu, ESPN, YouTube and via some user created plugins, other services such as the BBC iPlayer.

Prerequisites for streaming media to an xbox via PlayOn.tvInstalling PlayOn.tv, Configuring PlayOn.tv

 

Connecting the Xbox to PlayOn.tv for Streaming Video

In order to access your Video content on PlayOn.tv, switch on your Xbox and scroll to the My Xbox menu.

My Xbox

From here you can select your Video Library. Press the A button to continue.

 

Xbox PlayOn.tv as a Video Source for Streaming Media

Select your PlayOn.tv media source and press the A button to continue.

 

Xbox - PlayOn.tv Video folder List

PlayOn.tv shows you a list of all the web streams and plugins that are available to you. Scroll down to your My Media(Beta) folder and press the A button to continue.

XBox- PlayOn.tv showing the folder list in My Media

Select the All Video folder and press the A button. You can folders too if you wish to drill down to your video that way.

Xbox - PlayOn.tv showing the All Video List under My Media

Select the movie you require and press Y to start playing it. Note that the DVD box covers will not be shown by default. (Click here to find out how to to set this up). The strange thing about Playon.tv is that it transcodes all videos, even if they can be natively played on the Xbox. This has an effect of a slight delay on start up to play the videos and the fast forward and rewind buttons can prove very flaky.


Playing Music on your Xbox 360 using PlayOn.tv

To play your Music on your Xbox using PlayOn.tv, Go back to your My Xbox menu and scroll to your the Music Library. Press the A button to continue.

PlayOn.tv as a Music source on the Xbox

Select the PlayOn.tv Music Source and press the A button to continue.

 

Viewing your music using Xbox and PlayOn.tvc Media Server

From here, you can now drill down to singles, albums, playlist etc by pressing the A button.


Viewing your Photos from the Xbox using PlayOn.tv

To view your Photos on your Xbox using PlayOn.tv, go back to your My Xbox menu and scroll to your the Photo Library. Press the A button to continue.

Listing PlayOn.tv as a Photo source from the Xbox

Select the PlayOn Photo Source and press the A button to continue.

Xbox - PlayOn.tv Pdoto folder list

You are now show the top level list of folders which contain photos. Select your Pictures folder equivalent and press the A button to continue.

Xbox- play.tv showing phto album list

Depending on how you have configured your photo albums, your photos can now be viewed. This example shows that PlayOn.tv respects the directory structure that the photos have been placed in and you can drill down into them this way.

 

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