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How to Stream TVants to your Xbox 360 using TVersity

Posted by techhackz-admin Saturday, September 12, 2009


Here is another tutorial! This time we will see how it is possible to stream TVants to your TV using TVersity and your Xbox 360! TVants is another popular P2PTV application maybe less used than TVUPlayer or Sopcast but still pretty good.
It's a great choice for live TV or sports and it is free!
As usual I'll not cover how to install TVersity, VLC or TVants and I assume you can connect to your computer from your Xbox using TVersity and you know how to use TVersity, VLC and TVants.


- Xbox 360 already connected to your home computer.
- TVants ( - free download). The website is sometimes unavailable so you might have to download it from a different location, don't pay for it it is free!
- VLC Media Player ( - free download)
- TVersity ( - free download)

I used TVants Build 0835, VLC 0.9.9, TVersity 1.6 and Windows Vista.

TVant 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 very similar to TVUPlayer or Sopcast and I use all of them depending on what I want to watch, you can check this article to learn how to watch TVUPlayer with your 360:
and this one for Sopcast:

Like Sopcast and TVUPlayer TVants cannot be streamed to the Xbox 360 out of the box but using VLC and TVersity it all becomes possible!
Basically you start TVants 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 ;)


1. TVants

Launch TVants and add the channel you want to watch. You can also click on a TVants link on a website to open the channel in TVants that's how I typically do it. The links use the following syntax:
TVants is not as user friendly as TVUPlayer for example but you'll get used to it pretty quickly.

When you first start a channel you will see a loading screen, the text might be in chinese but no worries just sit tight and wait for the feed to start.

You can look at the stream performance in the TVants UI, look at the buffer in the Channels tab if it doesn't load then something is wrong with the feed or your network connection.

When the channel is loaded, right-click on the TVants window and select Properties then copy the location URL we will need it in VLC.

If you don't know what to watch you can find many TV guides for TVUPlayer, Sopcast or TVants online, simply google it.

2. VLC Media Player

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

Now click on Media and select Streaming then select the Network tab:

The following screen will appear:

Select HTTP in the Protocol list and enter the URL you have seen in the Properties window of the TVants feed, I had http://localhost:16900/1.asf as my URL.
Click on the Stream button at the bottom of the screen and you should now see this screen:

Click on MMSH, leave everything else as it is and the Generated stream output string at the bottom should default to :sout=#duplicate{dst=std{access=mmsh,dst=:1234}}, this is fine. Just click on Stream to close the Stream Output window and go back to VLC.

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

You're done with VLC!

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 TVersity 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 (Sopcast for example)
- click on Public

I use the same item for TVUPlayer, Sopcast and TVants so I named it TVUPlayer but any name will do it!

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, you might have used a different name) 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!

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