The Western Digital Live HD TV Media Server went on sale last year and those who own one may be finding it quite tough to navigate among movies etc…. using the devices tiny controls. Now however you can take advantage of the new “Play To” feature that comes with Windows 7.
Western Digital announced that they will be the first networked media player to support the “Play To” feature of Windows 7, which allows users to initiate and control the streaming of digital content to the WD TV Live HD media player, or any other compatible home entertainment systems, from any Windows 7-based PC on their network.
Say if you want to play a movie that’s stored on a network computer or on the external hard drive that’s attached to the WD TV Live, instead of having to use the remote control to browse for it, you can now simply add it to the Windows Media Player 12 playlist on the Windows 7-based computer that you’re using.
From within WMP 12, you then right-click on the movie in the list and pick the WD TV Live as the playback device. The movie will then be “pushed” to the media player and played back on the TV to which it is connected.
The device itself costs around $120 but if you already own one, the firmware upgrade is free. Once updated, the WD TV Live will be automatically recognized by Windows 7 and added to the list of devices that are compatible with Play To.