I’ve been spending some time optimizing my Windows 7 Media Center installation, and in doing so I’ve found some good information that has helped me pinpoint why I don’t always see perfectly smooth video when streaming to my Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 is more than capable of streaming video at full 1080p, but you may see mixed results depending on the type of video you’re streaming. You can, for example, playback a 1080p H.264 video and you’ll notice that it only gets choppy when there is a scene with a lot of movement. If you watch the network usage on the machine serving the video you’ll likely find that it is streaming more than 10Mbps, which the Xbox 360 may not be able to handle according to the official site. Here’s a rundown of the various video formats that are supported along with the maximum bitrate and resolutions for each one:

  • AVI (.avi, .divx): 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280