Windows 7 : Media Features


Sharing Media
With more PCs in your household you also get more physical places where music, pictures and video are stored. The new media sharing experience makes it easy to set up media streaming. If you have already set up a HomeGroup, your music, pictures, and videos are immediately available on the other PCs and devices in your HomeGroup. And when you add new PC’s (or other media devices) to your HomeGroup, you can instantly share media with them, no additional steps are needed! You can (of course) always restrict access to the media you don’t wish to share

Media ‘Play-To’
Windows 7 supports the DLNA v1.5 standard, so you can stream digital media directly to your Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) v1.5 compliant digital media renderer (or another PC running Windows 7) accross your home network. If a device is DNLA v1.5 compliant, you can
use your Windows 7 PC to stream media to that device, play back media streamed from that device, or browse and play media on Windows PCs or third-party devices.

How does it work? If you want to listen to the music, but don’t want to hear it coming out of your (terrible) laptop speakers. Just open Windows Media Player, right-click on what you want to hear, select Play To and you’ll see a list of other devices that can play the music. If your media player doesn’t support the file format of the media you’d like to play, Windows Media Player automatically detects that and transcodes the file into a format your media receiver can play.

Media Center in Windows 7
Internet TV
When you’re watching a TV show you’ve recorded, you’ll see that the program information including thumbnails for other online episodes and links to related information, such as Internet movie trailers or related shows.
Broader Support for TV Standards
Media Center in Windows 7 supports a wider range of TV standards. Digital TV works in more than 20 global markets, including European DVB TV standards (DVB-T, DVB-S), United States ATSC  and QAM cable standard, Japan’s ISDB standards (ISDB-T and ISDB-S) and Pay TV standards.
Sharing TV in the home
PC’s in a HomeGroup running Media Center can access TV Libraries on those different PCs (of course they can also access music, photos and videos).