Windows 7 Media Streaming

As you acquire more PCs and devices, you’ll have more physical places to store your music, photos, and video. But what if all your music is on a laptop, yet you want to play it on your main PC with the great speakers? Now, with Media Streaming, you can. When you join a homegroup or set up media streaming from within Windows Media Player, the music, pictures, and videos you want to access will be immediately available on other PCs and devices that are part of your homegroup, and, if you choose, can even be shared with PCs that are not part of your homegroup. The new media sharing experience in Windows 7 is easier than ever to set up—and you can add new PCs, media servers, and playback devices at any time. Windows 7 also makes it simpler to find the settings you want to change and to understand your choices. And of course, you can always restrict access to media you don’t wish to share.

Play To
Do you have media on your PC that you want to play on your home entertainment system? More and more consumer electronics devices have the capability to connect to networks or to the Internet. However, the user interfaces on those devices can be inconsistent or difficult to use, especially if you have a large collection of digital media. Windows 7 helps you use your home audio-video system and other networked media devices to play music, watch videos, and display photos from your PC. Using your PC as a controller, you can stream digital media directly to a supported device on your home network such as a Compatible with Windows 7 Digital Media Receiver, another PC running Windows 7, or an Extender for Windows Media Center, such as an Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system console.

For example, say you’re sitting on your couch, using your laptop to read e-mail or surf the Web, and you’d like to listen to some music, but your laptop speakers don’t sound good enough. With Windows 7, you can open Windows Media Player, right-click the song, album, or playlist you’d like to hear, select Play To, and you’ll see a list of supported devices and PCs on which you can play your music. In most cases, if your media receiver cannot play the file format for your media, Windows 7 will automatically detect that and translate the file into a format that your media receiver can play.

Windows 7 supports the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) v.1.5 standard, so you’ll have access to many different devices and functionality. You can use your PC running Windows 7 to stream media to network media devices that feature the Compatible with Windows 7 logo, which incorporates the DNLA v1.5 specification.

Remote Media Streaming
If you’re like most people, your home PC is the central place where you store and enjoy your photo, music, and video collections. But you probably also often take your laptop to other locations such as hotels, airports, or coffee shops. Windows 7 offers Remote Media Streaming, which allows you to access your home-based digital media Libraries over the Internet from another PC running Windows 7 outside the home. Just associate two or more PCs running Windows 7 with your online ID provider credentials (such as your Windows Live e-mail address and password) and allow Internet access to your media. Windows Media Player displays and plays the media Libraries from remote PCs the same way it does for those on a home network. You can even stream content from any other PC in your homegroup that has enabled Remote Media Streaming.

Note: Corporate networks often block home media streaming, so accessing media libraries from other PCs over the Internet may not be possible.

Source of Information : Windows 7 Product Guide


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