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.
Those still mourning the loss of Windows Media Center in Windows 10 will be delighted with Microsoft’s announcement this week that Live TV recording is finally coming to Xbox One.
While there’s a swathe of great new features coming in Windows 10, it’s not all good news. Alas, what Microsoft gives with one hand, so does it take with the other. A number of features are deprecated in Windows 10, and will be removed when you upgrade. Here’s a quick rundown.
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.