Stream media using Movies & TV or Windows Media Player with Xbox 360

You can stream music, pictures, and video to your Xbox 360 console from your computer by using Windows Media Player or Movies & TV.

Note For more information about using Windows Media Center to stream content from your computer to your console, see Xbox 360 Windows Media Center support.

Step 1: Connect your console to your network (if you haven't already)

If you've already connected your console to your network, you can go to "Step 2: Set up Windows Media Player," below. If not, connect your console to your home network using a wired or wireless connection. Then, test to make sure that your Xbox console connects successfully. Here’s how:

  1. From Xbox home, go to settings, and then select System Settings.
  2. Select Network Settings.
  3. Select Wired Network or Wireless network.
  4. Select Test Xbox Live Connection.
The Xbox 360 Network Settings screen, with the Test Xbox Live Connection option highlighted

If the network status shows as Connected, go to Step 2, below. Otherwise, select More Info on your console and follow the suggestions.

Step 2: Set up Windows Media Player

Get Windows Media Player.

Which version do you want to use?

  • Windows Media Player 12 (Windows 7)
    1. In Windows Media Player, select Turn on media streaming from the Stream menu.
    2. On the page that appears, select Turn on media streaming.
    3. Name your media library, and then select OK.
  • Windows Media Player 11 (Windows Vista)
    1. In Windows Media Player, right-click Library, and then select Media Sharing.
    2. Select Share my media, and then select OK.
    3. In Sharing Settings, locate the Xbox 360 device.
    4. Select Xbox 360, Allow, and then OK.
    5. If you want to apply more options, select Settings.
    6. When you're done, select OK.

Step 3: Play or view music or videos

Play music

  1. From Xbox home, go to music, and then select Groove Music.
The Groove Music tile is emphasized on the Xbox 360 Dashboard
  1. Select the playlist of songs you want to play.

Play videos

  1. From Xbox home, go to movies & tv, and then select Microsoft Movies &TV.
The Microsoft Movies & TV tile on the Xbox 360 Dashboard
  1. Select the video you want to play.

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