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How to stream Music & Video from Windows 8 to Xbox 360 or SMART TV

by Ashish

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Windows 8 has a feature called as Play To which allows to play Digital Media to any Windows Certified DLNA device like XBOX 360 or a SMART TV which supports this feature.

While we have tried connecting to a Windows 7 PC using Media Centre but it was really a painful and longer process because of issues like Firewall and security restrictions, Windows 8 Play To has changed it drastically where connecting to a Xbox takes no time.

Connecting

Windows 8 :

Windows 8 Media Device Settings

Xbox :

If you can see that, you are all set but if you try to access, you might see nothing in the playlist or album section. So  lets share it.

Sharing Music and Video :

By default, Windows 8 shares Library Content. In case you do not have anything there, right-click on your video or music folder and select Include in Library > Music or Video. This will make sure the folder is listed there.

Include Folders in Windows 8 LIbrary

Streaming Video and Music to Xbox :

Next repeat the steps using the My Apps > Music or Video App on your Xbox 360 and it should be listing all your folders, video and music files. You will be able to create the music playlist etc and keep using it.

Windows 8 Streaming to Xbox

Video Demo :

Watch on YouTube

Things to Notice :

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