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How to stream TVUPlayer to your Xbox 360 using TVersity

Posted by techhackz-admin Thursday, April 16, 2009


In this article I'll describe how to watch TVUPlayer on your TV using your Xbox 360.
I'll not cover how to install TVersity, VLC or TVUPlayer, if needed I will add it later.
For now, I assume you can connect to your computer from your Xbox using TVersity and you know how to use TVersity, VLC and TVUPlayer.


- Xbox 360 (obviously!) already connected to your home computer.
- TVUPlayer ( - free download)
- VLC Media Player ( - free download)
- TVersity ( - free download)

I used TVUPlayer 2.4.5, VLC 0.8.6e and TVersity 1.0 RC7 and Windows Vista.
Update (04/26/09): It also works fine with VLC 0.9.9 and TVersity 1.5 Pro, the screens are a little bit different in VLC, you can look at this article to see the updated VLC steps:


TVUPlayer is an application that lets you watch hundreds of channels on your computer for free, it is using a P2P technology to stream the content to the end users. It is great especially if you want to watch foreign channels or sport events.
Out of the box it cannot be streamed to the Xbox 360 directly but using VLC and TVersity it becomes possible!
Basically you start TVUPlayer then use VLC to broadcast it on your home network and finally TVersity makes the link between the feed and the Xbox. It sounds more complex than it really is ;)
Let me try to make it easy for you!!


1. TVUPlayer

Launch TVUPlayer and select the channel you want to watch. If you don't know what to watch you can find many TV guides for TVUPlayer online, simply google it.

2. VLC Media Player

With TVUPlayer running in the background start VLC Media Player. VLC is an excellent media player that can play any file out there!
When you start VLC, you should see something similar to this:

Now click on File and select Open Network Stream:

The following screen will appear:

Click on HTTP/HTTPS/FTP/MMS and enter http://localhost:8901/ as your URL.
Note: should also work fine.
Check the Stream/Save checkbox at the bottom of the screen and click on Settings...
You should now see this screen:

Click on MMSH, the Target MRL at the top should default to :sout=#duplicate{dst=std{access=mmsh,mux=ts,dst=:1234}}, this is fine. Just click OK to close the Stream Output window and click OK again to close the Open... window.

To make sure VLC is streaming correctly, click on View then Streaming and Media Info and go to Statistics to see some information about the stream:

You're done with VLC!

If you feel like it you can completely automate that process using a batch script, I created one that starts VLC and the streaming for me.
To create a batch script:
- open Notepad or any other text editor.
- type:
"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" http://localhost:8901/ --sout "#duplicate{dst=std{access=mmsh,mux=asfh,dst=:1234}}"
- save the file in any directory as a bat file (tvuplayer_vlc_stream.bat for example).
- execute the batch script, it should open VLC for you and stream the output to port 1234.

3. TVersity

We're almost there, the last step is to add an entry for the VLC stream in our TVersity library.
First start TVersity (keep TVUPlayer and VLC up and running), you should see something similar to this:

Click on Library, then expand Internet Media on your left and click on Internet Video.

Now click on Add Item to add the VLC stream, a new window should pop up in TVersity.
Enter the following information:
- Video URL: mms://localhost:1234
- Give a Title (TVUPlayer for example)
- click on Public

Once the item has been added to the Library, click on it to highlight it and select Open Item.
Windows Media Player (or another media player associated to mms) should open up and you should see the feed, sometimes I only get the audio but it still works fine on my Xbox 360 (ie Audio+Video).

I always perform that extra step to make sure everything works fine on my computer, if it works then it should also work on the Xbox 360.

4. Xbox 360

Go to your Xbox 360, from the dashboard under My Xbox select Video Library and press A.

You should see an entry called TVersity on COMPUTER_NAME, select it and press A to access the TVersity library on your computer.

If everything works fine, you should now see a list of folders, select Internet and press A.

In the next screen, select TVUPlayer (name of the item we added to the TVersity Library earlier) and press A.

Select Start or Restart and press A to view the feed on your TV.

The screen should become black for a few seconds and the feed should get started!

That's it, you've done it ;) Pretty simple when you know what to do.
I noticed that I always have to restart the TVersity Media Server otherwise my Xbox won't see TVersity or won't allow me to access the library. Try that if you have some issues.

I hope this guide was helpful, I welcome any feedback don't hesitate to leave a comment.

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