Amazon Unbox Movies On Xbox 360

Dave Zatz —  October 30, 2006
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There was some question upon the launch of Amazon’s Unbox movie download service if it would be possible to stream flicks to a TV via the Xbox 360. The answer is yes, and Amazon has provided these simple steps to automagically stream purchased content to a 360 from a Windows Media Center PC:

  1. Download an Unbox video to your Media Center PC.
  2. From the Xbox 360 Dashboard, go to the Media blade and select Media Center. Your Xbox will connect to your Media Center PC.
  3. Select “My Videos” and then “Amazon” to see all of your Unbox videos.
  4. Choose your Unbox video and enjoy!

So the next question is: Can we stream video from any version of XP using Media Connect or Windows Media Player 11?

16 responses to Amazon Unbox Movies On Xbox 360

  1. Well, neato misquito. Presumably, though, if you are geeky enough to have a media center PC connected up with your Xbox 360, you already have it hooked up to an output device. Am I missing something? Why would anyone really want this?

    BTW, nice site re-design (itellitext ads not withstanding).

  2. http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/news/2006/1030-novemberupdate.htm

    Expanded video playback options increase the ways you can enjoy video content on Xbox 360. It is now possible to stream WMV video from a Windows PC running Windows Media Player 11 or Windows Media Connect.

    The answer to the last question is yes. Starting tomorrow.

    And for BallFan.

    You have your Media Center PC in your office and your 360 connect to your HDTV in your living room. No need to move the PC to your TV. Just stream the videos, music, pictures to the 360 using Windows Media Connect/Center.

  3. Does that include encrypted WMV, as Amazon and Movielink are?

  4. I’ve been thinking about this even more.

    You can now play video files from data CDs and DVDs, as well as from storage devices like USB 2.0 flash drives and Xbox 360 Memory Units.

    This is also part of the update.

    Instead of worrying about my wireless connection and seeing if is up to snuff. I can just use my external HD and connect it straight to the 360.

    I will try this sometime this week.

    But there may be some problem with the Amazon DRM.

    I remember Bill Gates saying that optical will be irrelevant in favor of this type of model (hard drives/flash drives.)

    For some reason I think this is exciting.

  5. Dave.. hmm. Good question. I think a WMV is a WMV and the computer/wmv will figure out if it is legit or not.

    That is why I am not so sure about the external thing, no computer saying it is legit and unencrypting it.

  6. Oh I looked into Windows Media Connect here.

    http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/systemuse/xbox360/digitalmedia/pc.htm

    And it says it only plays unencrypted music. If that is the case Media Conncet probably plays only unencrypted video.

  7. I tried to get Movielink to stream to my 360 last night. The files won’t play. The 360 throws an error saying that the content is protected.

    Amazon.bomb or Movielink really should allow people to stream the movies to their xboxes.

  8. Unbox will not stream to the 360. Tried it and I get a protected file message. Protected MUSIC will. I tried out Napster and it works fine.

  9. Tristan is correct. Amazon says it will work. But it does not. You get a DRM error on the 360.

  10. It’s all in the details – it seems rented video fails to stream over windows media connect, purchased video will stream. At least that’s what I’m experiencing. I snagged a copy of dirt which was purchased, and it played. I rented little miss sunshine and it wouldn’t.

  11. I purchased an Unbox movie called Iraq For Sale and it shows up on my Media Center on my computer, but it doesn’t show up when I open Media Center through my XBox360

  12. Oh this is nice, I never knew that the xbox could do this! Seems that there are still some bugs to this though?

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