Play Divx Movies on your Xbox 360

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 9, 2007
Updated • May 29, 2013
Music and Video

One of the flaws of the Xbox 360 is the inability to playback divx movies on it. Microsoft may have left it out intentionally to push its own wmv format or avoid that the Xbox 360 would be used as the universal media center like the original Xbox with the (unofficial) Xbox media center.

The only working way of playing divx movies on the Xbox 360 is to stream divx content from your computer to the Xbox which gets encoded in real time to the supported wmv format. This is indeed not a perfect solution and it puts some strains on the streaming computer.

If you still want to evaluate this option you need the following tools:

The following excerpt was taken from the Tversity guide to test if everything is working fine for Xbox 360 users:

Testing a UPnP A/V / DLNA Device (including the Xbox 360)

  1. The Xbox should discover the Media Server that you have installed on your PC automatically.
  2. The Media Server should appear on your computer screen during the discovery and the xbox should be discovered automatically by it.
  3. You can access remote contents, Internet radio for example, right away. You do need to add media files to your library before you can stream them locally though.
  4. Xbox 360 users, will not be able to navigate the entire media hierarchy provided by TVersity since the device has been designed to access only specific portions of one's media library. In order to overcome this, TVersity will show under saved playlists not only your music playlists but also Internet podcasts.

Now it is just a matter of adding divx movies to the database of TVersity and use your Xbox 360 to view them.

Update: An alternative to that would be to convert the Divx movies before you move them to the Xbox 360 system. You can convert videos using VLC Media Player for instance or WinX HD Video Converter. This is also an option when you can't get the workaround posted above to work on your setup.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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