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How to watch YouTube videos on Xbox 360

Microsoft's Xbox 360 console does not offer a web browser like it's rivals, and so does not support watching YouTube videos. There are a variety of methods to watching YouTube on Xbox 360 however. This article looks at streaming videos directly from YouTube to an Xbox 360 over a home network (wired or wireless), and it will work for other sites too including Flickr and Google Video.

Introduction & Requirements

Software you must download and install
TVersity Media Server
Required: Obviously you will need to download and install TVersity for this guide. Download!
FFDShow DirectShow Filters
Required: FFDShow is used with TVersity during media transcoding processes (if needed).. Download!
Windows Media Player 11
Optional: You may need to update Windows Media Player. Download!

You obviously need an Xbox 360 console that is on the same network as the computer you will install TVersity on. This network can be wired or wireless. Your computer should be relatively modern, and capable of playing back video content.

Installing TVersity on Windows

The first thing we will do is look at installing TVersity on Windows. Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista will do. The first thing you will see is the Welcome message above. Please remember that version updates will come out after this guide has been published and some of the setup pages may be ordered differently. If you find it is too different then you can download the exact version used in this guide ( RC3) to download on AfterDawn at this link.
  • TVersity Installation Steps
  • 1. On the Welcome Screen, click Next.
  • 2. On the License Agreement, tick the box to accept and click Next.
  • 3. On the Toolbar Screen, you will be asked if you want to install the Toolbar and/or change your homepage, choose and click Next.
  • 4. On the Destination Folder Screen, either leave it at default (C:\Program Files\TVersity\Media Server) or choose your own and click Next.
  • 5. File copying commences. Wait until this is complete.
  • 6. Make sure the box is ticked to "Run the TVersity Configuration Wizard" and click Next.

TVersity Configuration Wizard

The TVersity Configuration Wizard was introduced when the program moved to v1.0. It makes things a lot easier for new users as it will configure the Windows firewall and let you choose other important Options. When it pops up, you will first see the Welcome message (as above). Click Next to move along.

Configuration Choices

You will now see the Configuration Choices offered by the TVersity Configuration Wizard. I have numbered the options with red text, here is an explanation of each.
  • 1. "Start TVersity automatically after a reboot". This means the Media Server will run every time Windows start's up.
  • 2. "Disable Windows SSDP Discovery Service". If you have Windows Vista you should select this, but if you do, other Media Center devices won't work anymore.
  • 3. "Windows Firewall should allow TVersity to serve media to devices on my home network." Always select this option.
  • 4. "Media Sharing". By default TVersity can share whatever you have in your My Music, My Pictures or My Videos folder (slightly different naming under Vista). This is totally your decision.

When you have selected your settings. click the Configure button. Click Next again until you reach the optional install of the TVersity codec pack. Do NOT install the codec pack as you won't require it now (if you have install FFDShow, see below). Once you get to the "Installation Complete" screen, select the options to start the TVersity client and Media Sharing server, click Finish. (NOTE: If TVersity does not open up, run it from a Desktop or Start Menu shortcut.)

Install ffdshow and Windows Media Player

If you already have Windows Media Player 10 then you do not need to install a newer version (but it is strongly recommended). You must install ffdshow to act as a decompressor if your video needs to be encoded while it is being streamed.

Both the installations are pretty straightforward. Be aware the the Windows Media Player installation (may require a reboot) will perform a check to make sure your copy of Windows is genuine. If it is not genuine, it will not install. If you did not know your copy of Windows is not genuine (or have gotten a false positive) then check Google for instructions on installing Windows Media Player 11 on a pirated operating system.

Please Note

This guide offers no more settings or configuration instructions for TVersity. If you are looking for a more complete guide on TVersity itself working with the Xbox 360 console, then please visit our "Stream multimedia to Xbox 360 with TVersity" guide.

Please Move to the Next Page

We have completed the installation part of this guide. On the next page we will look at Adding YouTube content to the TVersity library, which will then be shared with the Xbox 360 console.

Page 2: Add content to TVersity--> This page shows how to add YouTube content to the TVersity Library.

Page 3: Play YouTube on Xbox 360 --> This page shows how to play the shared content on the Xbox 360 console.

How to watch YouTube videos on Xbox 360 Viewing Page 1 -- Go To

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Page 1 - Introduction, Requirements & Installation
  2. 2. Page 2 - Add content to TVersity and play with Xbox 360
  3. 3. Page 3 - Play YouTube on Xbox 360
Written by: James Delahunty