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First Look: BlackBerry Wireless Media Server - Stream content from your BlackBerry smartphone using DLNA

By Bla1ze on 16 Feb 2012 08:53 pm EST
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Not long ago, we posted that RIM was working on bringing DLNA to BlackBerry smartphones and possibly the BlackBerry PlayBook and even more recently we noted they had signed on for the Digital Living Network Alliance. With a slew of BlackBerry 7.1 leaks out there now, we're getting up close and personal with what RIM has planned for future official releases.

If you managed to dig around those leaked versions, you would have found within the settings to enabled the BlackBerry Wireless Media Server. When enabled, you can stream all media content directly from your device be it music, videos, podcasts and you can also view images. Watch the video above to get a first look at DLNA running on BlackBerry smartphones. Also, I said "basically" a lot -- I'm sorry. I was just so excited to actually see it enabled.

Thanks, @Don_Poky!

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First Look: BlackBerry Wireless Media Server - Stream content from your BlackBerry smartphone using DLNA

57 Comments

Ya windows networking sees it as a media device but WMP doesn't seem to add the device to the list of "other libraries" so far.

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Any luck with this? I have the same problem and can't figure out solution. I've set the server to accept connection requests from my PC.

For now OS 7.1.0.267 and up, but I have a feeling that they will enable this on as many devices as they could. But remember the processing power of your phone is the limiting factor so don't except RIM to come up with DLNA support for older models.

Thanks for the demo Bla1ze. Q: would this work in the other direction as well - i.e. I can stream from my server to the BB handset?

Currently it's only a DLNA server, not a renderer.  Would be nice to be able to go the other way though.

Thanks Shao128... sucks though, as its pretty useless for my setup if it can't. I hope some other 2.0 surprise lets me stream from my server to my BB/PB!

Honestly, i was getting tired of the Crackberry.com lately because it been boring with no new exciting info coming out of it. Now i can finally say this week has been a one with full of fun and exciting news, 2.0OS launch date, leaked os 7.1 with DNLA and Battery save mode and more things to follow. looking good.

I don't think so... LOL 99% of the people in the world would not pay for music or movies while 1% of the people what the money for their work. LOL :)

Well now; that is so sweet. Sucks that I'm on a 9780 which, of course (rolls eyes), will not be able to see this update. Sigh.

This looks promising! Hopefully I can get this working on my Xbox... My 1st attempt was unsuccesful though.

Hopefully this feature will be on a future update of the PlayBook? That would be nice.

my Samsung T.V found it right away but every thing i do says "file not supported" if i take my sd card out and pop it in the tv it works so guess the bb and tv dont like each other :-( My F-N luck.

Awesome, FINALLY RIM is doing great things which they should have been doing 3 years ago! Go RIM, get back on top!!!

ok... so I have loaded the new 7.1 on my 9900 but I am not seeing this anywhere.... any hints on where to look?

Is it coincidence that RIM news about DLNA comes out a day before a 7.1 leak with it enabled, and a confirmed date for OS2?

so let me get this straight... does this work similar to apple's airplay/mirroring? or it is supposed to allow access from one device to another's content wirelessly?

yes, i also have that on my bold 9900, running on the 7.1.0.267. good move, RIM! now hopefully the battery saving mode on this build (and above) will prolong the battery life of all BB7 phones!

next stop: BB Bridge 2.0 & PlayBook OS 2.0!! Come on RIM, rock n' roll!

Bla1ze ... Why oh WHY do you have a video of GLEE on your BlackBerry ? PLEASE say its for the gf/wife !

oh man, I can't find it. I'm on Torch 9810, 7.1.0.258. Where is it? Could it be that when I shrunk my OS, it took it out? What is the name(s) of the cod files, so I can get it put back?

EDIT: Nevermind, I found it...