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Building a Windows 8 Home Server: Windows 8 Media Streaming & Play To

It’s funny how times change. Turn the clock back just five years, and streaming music and video around your network was the pinnacle of digital home technology – you had to work hard to achieve it too! Wi-Fi bandwidth, in the 802.11b/g era was fine for music, but insufficient for video streaming. Media receivers were emerging, but the list of supported file formats was short, and the software to encode or transcode files was flaky.

Now, things are very different. So, there’s no excuse. Once you have your Windows 8 home server set up, and your music, video and photo collection on board, it makes a lot of sense to stream around the home – whether that’s to other computers, media receivers, games consoles or directly to your TV.

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