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.