Windows Media Player 12 Gets Network Streaming Mojo

Ars Technica has taken the next version of Windows Media Player in Windows 7, WMP 12, through a test run and has found that it’s packing some serious heat in the form of media playback and streaming capabilities. New features of note include: auto-detection of unfamiliar media formats and links to download the appropriate codecs; default support for H.264 / Xvid / DivX video and AAC audio; and improved network PC media sharing and media streaming capabilities with a feature called “Play To.” [via]

Ars Technica explains:

WMP12 makes it easier to play back audio or video on remote devices, a feature dubbed “Play To.” WMP12 can stream to other computers in your HomeGroup, so, for example, you can browse your library on your laptop but actually play back on the HTPC connected to your sound system.

As well as streaming to remote PCs, WMP12 also includes support for controlling Digital Living Network Alliance v1.5 devices. These are networked devices with audio and/or video playback capabilities; so, similar to the scenario of streaming to an HTPC, you might be streaming audio to a Sonos box. Each device being Played To has its own playlist and playback settings and is controlled through its own little window. If a device can’t handle the format being streamed, WMP12 will detect this automatically and transcode it on-the-fly.

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