Your Digital Media Has Never Looked So Good

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Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:42 pm

For video, doesn't the XBox360 only support WMV? The thing I love about the Roku is the MPEG2 support. I love capturing video with my Hauppage PVR-250 card and playing back on my TV immediately without having to stream or transcode.

Am I missing something (speaking non-HD)?
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 12:33 am

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Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:17 am

Dont know much more about it's video streaming capacity or what format(s) it handles, seems no one does yet...but here is more info for what it's worth...

Fri Nov 18, 2005 4:49 pm

MoJo wrote:
For video, doesn't the XBox360 only support WMV?

Not to turn this into an xbox360 thread - but the 360's built in "media center extender" feature will support WMV (up to 1080p), MPEG1, MPEG2 (up to 1080i@19.2Mbit/sec), and DVR-MS (MCE's TV-recording format).

But of course this will all only work if you have an MCE computer running somewhere to be the "master" to the xbox360's "slave". Unlike the Roku, which only requires a NAS or other file share.

The 360 will also function as a UPnP client if you have an appropriate server like Windows Media Connect - but apparently only for photos & audio, not video. I can't remember if Roku ever got UPnP working properly on the HD1000, and don't really care....

And finally, the 360 won't be able to play DVDs remotely, only thru the local DVD drive. Since it does support remote MPEG2, I assume this means 1) no remote playback of *encrypted* DVD files, and 2) no menus or other DVD-interactivity when playing remote files.

Most of this info is from here.
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 6:50 pm

Good info. Thanks.
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:03 pm

Agreed. Good info. I was thinking about possibly getting Xbox 360, but now I see there is no need to. It is amazing to see how hd1k was so ahead of its time. Even in a "unfinshed" state it is more useful to me than anything else out there on the market (especially streaming dvb- especially hd using tsreader).

I think it HD1000 is so close to being finished, but I understand why it is taking so long as well (especially with more money and bigger market in soundbridge area).

It would be great if they could release the source code and have some of the great minds around here figure it out and tweak it to perfection, but it is probably almost impossible considering all the ATI licensing issues.

Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:02 am

Yeah, if you have a bunch of ripped DVDs that play on your MCE2005 machine, you'd think it should be easy to watch them using the xbox 360 as a media center extender. But it looks like for ripped DVDs, the 360 will actually suffer most of the same limitations as the built-in Roku HD1000 player (without Mplay, that is):

- no DVD navigator (no menus)
- can't chain files; seamless movie requires one giant .VOB
- doesn't recognize .VOB extension, rename to .MPG
- no way to select audio track

Although I hear it can play games pretty well.... :)

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