Windows® 7 as a Universal Remote Control for your Media Collection
Windows 7 includes a significantly improved and advanced Windows Media Center that gives you various options of making your PC a source of entertainment.Windows 7 Media Center now lets you play more popular audio and video formats. It is brilliant in making elegant photo collages with background music by using the new slide show maker. Windows 7 can now send media to be played on other Windows 7 PCs and DLNA Certified digital media renderers. It can also play media streamed from other shared media libraries within Windows Media Player. This feature is known as 'Play To'. To find your desired media you can browse or search browse from within Windows Explorer or Windows Media Player. You can also select where you want it to be played.
It does not matter that where media collections are stored for this feature. Play To feature is available for both local media libraries and shared media libraries. If you want to send media from one Windows 7 PC to another then from the Windows Media Player ‘Stream’ menu on the receiving PC, choose ‘Allow remote control of my Player’. This will causeWindows Media Player to be discovered in the “Play To” menu of other Windows 7 PCs on the same network.
If you want to open the Windows 7 Play To then it will be available with Windows Media Player and Windows Explorer via the right click menu for media items when media streaming is enabled on your Windows 7 PC. This context menu will not be available, if Windows 7 has not found a device on the network or Play To capable PC. DLNA gives guidelines to certify various device categories and roles.
You can launch unlimited Play To sessions in Windows 7. You can send unlimited pictures to video clips to a TV, a picture frame and music to another Windows 7 laptop all at the same time.
Xbox 360 and Extenders for Windows Media Center
Dashboard mode and Extender mode are the two ways in Windows 7 by which Xbox 360 can receive media streams from other Windows 7 PCs.
In this mode, Xbox 360 function as a simple media player. However, it is not officially a DLNA certified device but, you can use Xbox 360 to pull content from those libraries for playback within the dashboard and browse the shared media libraries from Windows 7 PCs.
In this mode, other Extenders for Windows Media Center and Xbox 360 is seen by Windows 7 PC’s on the network as both a Digital Media Renderer (DMR) device and a Digital Media Player (DMP). You can also use the Extender for Windows Media Center on the Xbox 360 to browse media libraries on other computers and pull that data for local playback which is same as that of the process of using Xbox 360 in dashboard mode.