How to stream videos from Windows 10 to DLNA devices

How to stream videos from Windows 10 to DLNA devices

As I pointed out in my guide to DLNA changes in Windows 10 one of the many changes with Windows 10 is the implementation of network streaming. With Windows 8.1 it was called Play To and it actually used DLNA/UPnP in the background.

With Windows 8.1 you could use the share charm when watching a video in the Xbox Video app but in Windows 10 the charms have been removed. So to stream videos from Windows 10 you need to initiate the remote playback from the Movie & TV app. So start playing a video in the Movies & TV app and then in the now playing screen hit the “Cast To Devices” button at the bottom of the screen. The app then searches for DLNA/UNPnP devices capable of playing videos on your network, select the device you want to stream to from the list and then the app will start streaming the video to the remote device.

Once your video is playing the Movies & TV app will show a black screen and you can control the remote playback with the Now Playing controls at the bottom of the screen on your Windows 10 device. You can pause or resume the playback and you can use the scrub control to jump to specific part of the video. To disconnect the remote player you  click or tap on the Cast To Devices button again and then click on the Disconnect button, the app will then stop the remote playback.

I should point out this is for personal videos and not movies or TV shows purchased/rented from the Windows Store but for personal videos it works very well.

UPDATE: Windows 10 November 2015 update adds DLNA casting to Microsoft Edge so you can stream directly from the browser. See my simple guide on how to cast with Microsoft Edge.

Coming soon Garry Whittaker and I have a new book on Windows 10 Entertainment app where we look in-depth at Windows 10 media apps, streaming and more.

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  1. doesn’t matter which video i use to stream it always throw me an error that “media doesn’t supported” even though it plays normally on playing it in windows itself and on dlna device through Right click>cast to
    but problem in cast to is we can’t forward/backward nor can modify volume

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