Based on a problem I just had with a new TV.
DLNA playback on Televisions
Most TVs now support this certification put out by the Digital Living Network Alliance (dlna.org) basically what it is, is standardization of streaming content. So you can have a DLNA set top box access the files on your HTPC or a Network Hard Drive and have fun.
There are normally two ways to do this,
-Pull the content from the DLNA Media Server (PC, HDD) using your TV Controlls
-Push the content from your PC using Windows Media Player (very Feng Shui)
If you think the Pushing option is cool understand that your choices for DLNA Certified products is more limited. Look for TVs and Receivers that have the Windows 7 logo on them, or view the Product certificate on DLNA.org before purchasing and determine which of several types the product is:
- Digital Media Server (DMS) – which stores content and makes it available on the network
- Digital Media Players (DMP) – which can play content pulled from a Digital Media Server
- Digital Media Controllers (DMC) – which can find content on a Digital Media Server and send it to a Digital Media Renderer device on the network
- Digital Media Renderers (DMR) – which can play content pushed to it from a Digital Media Controller
Most TVs are still currently only DMP, which means that you can use the TV to pull, but can't push from the PC. So far only LG and Toshiba TVs seem to have this feature but this URL should update over time to include any current Push-compatible TVs (DMR): http://www.microsoft.com/windows/com...owallcats=true
Something extra to think about when you are planning your next massive Home Theater purchase.