DLNA Only supports PlayTo?!

Ridiculous. Why would they remove the ability of the XBOX to act as a pull device and let me browse my files located on another networked device? I can't fathom why they would have removed this. My PC is not in the living room...I don't know too many people who keep the computer that hosts their video files or music files next to their TV. This is a massive step backwards in functionality...please come up with an app that will act as a media browser and let me pull via DLNA, like the XBOX 360's video player will.

This decision was a giant head-scratcher, to me. At least they didn't eliminate it completely, the way Sony did...but come on. Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make media consumption in every other way easier, yet they've actually managed to make DLNA LESS convenient than it was, before.


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Amen, brother.  

Shaking my head too...

i thought we was going to have dlna?  tversity is supposed to work i read? hope so at least!

it most likely has to do with them having to remove the DRM policies and will be added down the road,  functionality>features.

i havent used dlna in a while but when i did it was awful. why not just standard network sharing/browsing?


i cant see why they wont have this option for windows devices. id be surprised if it wasnt already built into the device.

Whether it's a player that allows me to browse a shared drive that contains my video files and directly play them, or DLNA which accepts metadata and shows poster art and whatnot...I don't care what it is, but it needs to be something I can initiate from the couch, from within the XBOX One itself. I shouldn't have to walk to another room to start playing media on this thing, when the previous generation did it easily.

From all of the early reviews I'm reading, it doesn't support acting as a pull device on your local network, at all. Only acts as a receiver.

I wonder if you could use internet explorer on the ONE to access storage devices on the network such as a pc shared drive ?

crap, and here I was giving sony a hard time for not supporting any local network streaming/browser.  Guess MS want's us to really use the xbox music service and pay and pay and pay.....

Be nice to use my PCs spare hard drive for game storage, too. I'd hate to have to go buy a USB external drive when I have 2TB sitting unused inside my PC.

The Xbox One will let you stream content to the console using DLNA, although on day one there's no native support to initiate those streams, so the console acts as a receiver only.

That means Xbox One won't go out and find content on your network, so it can't retrieve those files on your DLNA-compatible media server, for example, that all your other connected devices enjoy.

This is something that could easily be overcome with an Xbox One app in the future, but so you're not kept waiting, here's how you can get streaming to your console right away:

You can easily send content to your console from another DLNA device directly and Xbox One will recognise the incoming stream and open the app required to play it. If you're streaming music, you'll need to have Xbox Music installed as this will act as the receiving music player. If you're sending video or photos, you'll have to have installed Xbox Video. Both apps are free in the Xbox One's store.

Many Android phones have a native app to do this from media applications, but sometimes they are only good for sending local content from the phone to the Xbox One. We tried it out with the HTC One and found it worked well enough.

However, the Skifta app will solve all your problems, as this free app can be the intermediary between your DLNA media server and your Xbox One.

All you have to do is install the app, search for the source and select the playback device: Xbox One will be listed, ready to receive your content. Then you identify the file and across it goes. We've streamed a range of content from our network to the Xbox One without a hitch: it's great for impromptu photo slideshows, great for video and great for music. Bear in mind that your smartphone will need to be able to play the files - ie, have the codecs for the video format.

Skifta is also available for iOS and we've tested Skifta on the iPhone 5S with the Xbox One and it works in exactly the same way as the Android version. Both apps are available for free, right now.

Happy streaming!

Source: play.google.com

Source: itunes.apple.com

Source: www.pocket-lint.com/.../125228-xbox-one-how-to-stream-content-using-dlna

This doesn't address or answer the issue at all, White Westie - the point is not that it will act as a receiver. The point is that it will not initiate or "pull" from a server, at all...and that's totally unacceptable. I can't upgrade my 360 to a One until they support this functionality, we use it way too much to have it absent and I'm not going to go upstairs to start playback on the computer, whenever we want to watch something.

For a company that is usually pretty forward-thinking and seemed to have the "all in one" scenario in mind with the XBOX One, this oversight is mind-boggling to me.

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