Do I need Apple TV?
It’s time to upgrade my XBOX 360 with Microsoft’s latest patch. The new features are mainly the video codecs H.264 and MPEG4. Nullriver Software was out with updating their Connect360 for MacOS X. Version 3.0 is now released with support for the two new video codecs, including full HD (1920×1080) H.264 in both the MPEG-4 and QuickTime containers (in addition to the previous WMV). This is substantially higher than Apple TV’s support for 720p video, making the Xbox 360 the best full HD video extender available. It is of course also possible to share iTunes Podcasts to the Xbox 360. Great, I now just need a new TV!
None of the devices are perfect, just as the XBOX360 is known for being disappointingly loud, the AppleTV is getting extremely hot! Apple TV’s advantages are firstly that the XBOX360 cannot decrypt iTunes DRM and that the XBOX360 has cluttered menus when using anything else then a Windows version with Media Center as the UPnP server.
Hm, I have been playing a bit with the solution. And it is not working satisfyingly! Most podcasts crashes and some times they even freeze the XBOX. I ripped 10 short movies from a DVD with Handbrake and streamed them. That worked far better, but also then I experienced a crash.
I will be trying this also from my Vista Ultimate installation to see if the problem is the codecs or Connect360. But so far, I am clueless on what the problem can be…