Sony Homestream software to make streaming easier

Sony has published software for PC and Mac that should make it easier to stream video from your home computer to a smart tv or other device.

Sony would like you to start streaming the video and audio ‘content’ on your home PC or Mac to your smart tv or games console. IDEALLY, this would be a Sony TV or a PlayStation 3, but happily they are relaxed enough about the whole deal to let you use and DNLA-compatible device.

How can you do this? Simply download Sony’s new software app Homestream on to a Windows PC or Mac running OS X and point it at your media files. The software will figure out the file formats you are using and make the media available to stream over to a compatible device. It is clever enough to convert any unusual files (such as the ultra-compressed MKV movie format) into a form that your DNLA client can support. Sony do recommend that you have at least 512MB of RAM in your computer, but streaming larger files will work better the more memory you can stuff in there.

DNLA compatibility can be a bit hit and miss in our experience, but Home Stream is bas on the open source Serviio project, which supports a wide range of client devices. It is also pre-configured to work with Sony’s Bravia TVs and PS3 console.

(via recombu)

About author
Stuart Houghton has been writing about technology for over a decade and messing about with it since he was old enough to press buttons. Stu is the former UK Editor of Kotaku.com and specialises in tech writing for several UK publications. He is also part of the IT team for a major UK charity.
  • Miyako O’Conner

    Great article Stuart. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your Sony Smart TV by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

  • Shark

    It seems fine for content that your TV supports but when it comes to transcoding, the buffer is too small and after searching for ages for how to set the buffer size, I am starting to give up the will to live. Not very easy to use from that point of view.

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