One of the HTC "exclusive" apps is "Connected Media" which claims that it can play music from DLNA servers. It is my understanding that this is the protocol that Windows Media player uses to stream media, but whenever I search for servers, it seems unable to find any (even though there should be a choice of at least two PCs and even a Humax HDR). Is there "someothing special" that needs to be done to get it to work, or is the app just so buggy that it is unusable? Are there any built in/free alternatives?
All Windows phones have a manufacturer specific DLNA player:
- Nokia PlayTo
- LG SmartShare
- Samsung Allshare
- HTC Connected Media
In Windows Media Player you need to enable Allow remote control of my Player and Automatically allow devices to play my media under your libraries stream menu.
A nice guide can be found here.
The functionality is not limited to Windows Media Player or Windows and will work with any DLNA server.