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I just finished getting the XBOX360 configured for a 'cheap' extender solution. It's hard wired into the network, but I'm finding that any mkv greater than ~10GB is essentially unplayable.

I'm not overly concerned with my movie library as I'll continue to watch movies off my HTPC, but I was just wondering if this is a limitation of the XBOX or my HTPC? When I'm monitoring the HTPC when the XBOX is choking on playback, NIC utilization is less than 1% (gigabit) and the CPU is less than 10%. I encode all of my Blu-rays the same way - just depends on the film as each varies in final output size.
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The max bitrate is very low for 360/h264/mkv

Depending on how you have things set up the HTPC might be trying to transcode on the fly.

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With media browser, there is an option for Transcode 360 - is that something that needs to be enabled in this case?
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thats an old and out of development program. you might have luck setting it up to make you happy, but thats not what I was talking about.

Windows Media Connect is a part of Windows that will attempt to convert the mkv into something playable. It is not configurable at all. You will know if it's trying to help by looking at CPU usage during mkv playback on your 360 - if its at 100% its active.

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Figured - didn't seem much out there on it recently

Like I said, didn't see much activity at all on the HTPC during mkv playback. I'm not overly concerned, just was curious if anyone in the community does something similar.
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My xbox will play between 10-20Mbps blurays pretty well... the higher you go bit-rate wise, the more hit/miss it is. Make sure you have flow-control enabled both on your NIC and on your switch (having a good, dedicated switch will do wonders here...). I have had the occasional lower bit-rate not play well at all as well, so YMMV.
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I'll give that a try -
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