From computers, to game consoles, to dedicated media players, it seems that almost every new electronic device announced for the home offers the capability to stream media. These devices all need to stream their media from somewhere — and just as streaming clients are proliferating, so are media servers.
Windows Home Server is getting into the media streaming server act as well by offering a Windows Media Connect (WMC) compatible media server that can stream files to most UPnP AV/DLNA compatible devices. (If you are confused about that alphabet soup we just described, don't worry — this chapter clears things up a bit regarding the TLAs [Three Letter Acronyms] of the media streaming world.)
Suffice it to say that with Windows Home Server media streaming, you can share your music files, photos, and even video files with a wide variety of connected devices.
For example, if you have a game console such as the Microsoft Xbox 360 or the Sony PlayStation 3, then you probably already know that these devices are much more than mere game players — they are multimedia powerhouses capable of working with all sorts of media content, including media streamed from your server. Some other Consumer Electronics (CE) devices are also capable of streaming media.