Stream photos, music, and videos with Play To
You can make your photos, music, and videos a bigger and louder extension of your PC by streaming them directly to your TV or speakers using Play To. For example, stream from your PC to show vacation photos on the TV and play your favorite music on your speakers at the same time. Or, use Internet Explorer 10 to stream things like your Facebook photos, YouTube videos, or music from Pandora.
Get set up
To get started, first set up your network, connect compatible Play To devices to it, and turn sharing on. Windows will automatically recognize the Play To devices on your network. If you have an Xbox 360, you can also stream through it to your TV and speakers.
You can stream from the Photos, Music, and Video apps, or many other media apps. To stream from the web, use Internet Explorer 10.
Open what you want to stream with an app.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Devices.)
Choose the Play To device you want to use.
Windows helps you out by showing only devices that can play the type of content you’ve selected.
When you want to stream media in your library from File Explorer, tap or click what you want to stream. On the Play tab in the Play group, tap or click Play To, and select the device in the list.
Once your content starts playing, use the controls in the app or on the webpage to change the volume, to pause and play, or to go forward or back. Or, if you’re streaming through an Xbox 360 with Kinect, you can use voice and gesture commands instead.
There’s a lot of content you can stream from your personal media collection, such as the music and movies that you’ve made, music you legally own, and your own photos. Copyright laws prohibit streaming and broadcasting certain content, such as commercially produced video. If you’re legally allowed to share it, Windows lets you stream it.
Speech recognition and voice commands aren't available in all languages for Xbox 360 with Kinect.