Onkyo, one of the world’s leaders in A/V receivers, made a big announcement on June 29, 2010. Their new receivers, the TX-NR3008 and TX-NR5008, are now, not only DLNA certified, but also Compatible with Windows 7. This means they support the Windows Play To feature.
So, what does all of this mean? In Microsoft’s own words this is what it means:
“Play To allows you to seamlessly play music, video, and photos through your home network to any network media device that carries the Compatible with Windows 7 logo.”
If you haven’t used Play To, it’s pretty simple. From any PC on your network you can open Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer, right-click an audio track, and choose “Play To”. If you don’t see the Play To option then you can download the plugin HERE. A Play To icon also appears above the Now Playing list in Windows Media Player. This does require Windows 7.
My guess is that we will be seeing many of these Windows 7 and networking features added to home theater devices in the near future.