TVersity plus Xbox 360 = Perfect
Well, nearly perfect. Tonight I tried out the latest version of TVersity. It’s a non-Microsoft implementation of the same kind of UPNP sharing that Windows Media Player and the Zune software do. Except with some extra features, including one really big one:
It lets you stream non-WMV video files to your 360! No media center needed. And unlike the Transcode 360 option for Media Center, you don’t even have to do any tricks like picking “transcode” from a “more info” menu. You just fire up your 360, go to “Videos” and then “Computer” and you have a list of everything you’ve shared out. Just pick one and click play. Couldn’t be easier.
It even works great on Vista (including the x64 version). I had to add a firewall rule manually, and manually start the service (because of UAC I think) but it told me to reboot which would have started it as well. For a free beta app that’s pretty good.
Only improvement I want is for the list to display videos in folders. I have 200+ videos right now and it shows them all in an alphabetical flat list. However, that’s something the Xbox 360 software will need to solve since right now a flat list is all it supports for video (it does folders for Pictures so I imagine it would be do-able).
Anyway, I’m especially glad they have this solution since yesterday I managed to break my Media Center PC (the Mac Mini) during an attempted memory upgrade gone horribly wrong.