Play To Feature in Windows 8.1 Improved with Reliability Update

By: Radu Tyrsina
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The ‘Play To’ feature in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows RT is really handy for those moments when you want to see content on other devices, such as your Xbox. And now it has received an update, here’s more about it:
play to feature windows 8.1

Play To is a feature where devices implement the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) specification to remotely deliver and control content. Play To makes it easy to stream music, video, and photos from a Windows 8.1 device to other devices (such as a TV, a Microsoft Surface, or a Microsoft XBOX) on your home network. In this case, the Play To feature work as a core functionality of the media pipeline.

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The Play to feature gets improved for Windows 8.1 users

According to the official description, certain problems occur when you use the Play To feature on Windows 8.1 to stream video, music, or picture files that are stored on your device to a separate playback device on your home network, which could be another computer, TV, or stereo connected to the network, as well as your Xbox, of course. This is part of the KB 2955164 install file, so there’s no hotfix available. If you have been experiencing problems with this, I’m happy to announced that some of them have been taken care off. Here’s the list of affected operating systems:

  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows RT 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

I personally haven’t tried this feature yet, but I might just as well, because I’m looking to buy a Xbox One in the future, and I will definitely want to enjoy some content there. Let us know what you think of this update.

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