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How to Stream Media to an Xbox using TwonkyMedia Server

TwonkyMedia Server is a commercially available Media Server which has versions that can sit on a Windows PC, a Mac or Linux workstations. It has also targeted the Home NAS Server market by getting a presence on devices from QNAP, Buffalo, etc. The Media Server interface can be managed using a web front end or if you have installed it on a Windows PC, the TwonkyMedia Manager will also perform a number of these tasks.

Twonky will only allow you to play Xbox supported formats using the correct codecs. It does have an option to transcode multimedia into a standard format but it does this in the background and will not allow you to do it on the fly like other media servers. A drawback to this is it will use up a lot of extra space so it it's something you really want to use unless you have to.

Streaming media to an Xbox from a TwonkyMedia Server (PC installation)

Prerequisite for installing Streaming Media from a TwonkyMedia Server

  1. Installing TwonkyMedia Manager/Server

Streaming Video from TwonkyMedia to an Xbox

To view your Video content on from your TwonkyMedia server, 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

Selecting TwonkyMedia as a Video Source from the Xbox

Select your TwonkyMedia Server (TMS) from the list and press the A button to continue.

Selecting from a list of Movies on the Twonky Media Server using the Xbox

Select your required Movie (if it is in a folder) and press the A button to continue

Playing a video from the TwonkyMedia Server from the Xbox

Select your Movie and press the Y button to play it.


Playing Music from the TwonkyMedia Server using an Xbox

From your My Xbox menu on the Xbox, scroll across to Music Library and press A to access it.

Selecting a Music Source from a TwonkyMedia Server using an Xbox

Select your TwonkyMedia Server (TMS) as the Video Source and press the A button to continue.

Selecting Music from the TwonkyMedia Server using an Xbox

The Xbox will now display the entire music library that you have configured on your TwonkyMedia Server. You can now play albums, playlist's or individual songs by drilling down using the A button.


Viewing Photos fron a TwonkyMedia Server using an Xbox

For viewing Photos from the TwonkyMedia Server on the Xbox, from the My Xbox menu, scroll across to the Photo Library menu item and press the A button to continue.

Selecting a Photo Folder Source on a TwonkyMedia Server using an Xbox

Select the TwonkyMedia Server Photo Source and press the A button to access your photos.

Selecting Photos from a TwonkyMedia Server on the Xbox

Depending on the setup of your photos on your TwonkyMedia server, you can now either drill down into each of your photos albums or view your photos individually.

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