How to Connect WD TV Live to Windows 10/8.1 and Play Movies Directly with Play To

Recently I bought a (Western Digital) WD TV Live media player which supports full HD video, wireless & wired network and several apps inside. It’s a small piece of box with great features that can enhance your multimedia experience. Even though it doesn’t have built-in storage, but it has USB ports which are good enough to attach a USB drive and external hard disks. Also, the LAN port and wireless capability can fulfil the network share access and allow accessing media servers in a home network from either Windows or Mac computers. You can directly stream and play videos and songs which stored on the computers through the network. Another great feature is, it supports direct ‘Play to’ option for videos and songs from Windows 10 and Windows 8.1/8 computers (tablet and ultrabooks). Here is a quick guide about how to setup/connect WD TV Live to Windows 10/8.1.

So, if you want to play movies, songs or photo slideshow to your TV that is connected to WD TV Live player, this guide will be useful. It will avoid you to connect the laptop/tablet to the TV via  HDMI or VGA cable.

Microsoft listed Western Digital as a supported device of ‘Play to’ feature. So, it should work smoothly if your network setup is correct.

supported devices

How to Connect WD TV Live to Windows 10/8.1 Computer

1) Make sure that the media player is connected to your wireless or wired network and you can communicate (ping the device) from the computer you are going to connect.

2) Right-click on network icon (wired or wireless) and select ‘Network and Sharing Center’– it can be accessed directly in control panel also. Windows 10 also has similar settings and options.

network icons

Basically we need to allow video streaming on the network type your computer is connected. Then  your computer will automatically find the capable devices on your network.

3) Find out the network type your Windows 10/8.1 computer connected, like Home, Work or Private. Press ‘Change advanced sharing settings’ option as below.

network type

In the above example, my computer is connected to network type ‘Private network’. To able to use ‘Play To’ feature and media streaming with WD TV Live, Windows file and printer sharing should be enabled.

network sharing on

Read Also: How to view the IP address of a network printer from the Windows 10 computer.

4) To enable media streaming and other options, select ‘All Networks’ type and click on ‘Choose media streaming options’ as shown below.

media streaming

5) On the next screen, you will see the WD TV Live player (if the network setup is perfect). Allow access by enabling the checkbox and press next.

WDTV list

6) Next screen is to select the libraries you want to share on the network. These libraries can be accessed by WD media player under ‘Media Server’ content source.

Once this setup has been completed, you will see a new option in the menu of media files such as videos, audios and pictures. It will allow you to show the display of media file via WD player to your TV. It’s really cool and you can play a video on computer and watch it on TV wirelessly. This could be an ideal solution for Windows 8.1/10 tablets, ultrabooks and convertible PCs to watch movies on the TV screen and control it from PC. If your TV doesn’t have built-in apps or not the smart TV, then with the single HDMI connector, your TV almost becomes as a smart TV.

Connect WD TV Live to Windows 10

Also if you are playing a movie with the default movie player app, you can use the ‘Devices’ in the charm bar to play directly to the TV. It’s like projecting the screen to different monitor or projector.

play to

 

After you have enabled media streaming, your WD TV live media player can access all media libraries in ‘Media Server’ content source. This is another great way to watch and stream collections of videos, songs and pictures in WD player without copying them to USB drives.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

12 thoughts on “How to Connect WD TV Live to Windows 10/8.1 and Play Movies Directly with Play To”

  1. I did the setup correctly however after the step of allowing the device you said click next which moves on to sharing the media library. I don’t have a next. Just an OKAY button. Could it be because I upgraded from 7 to 8?

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  2. Thanks for the tip.
    Any idea how I could share my PC folder on my WDTVLive? I have a Windows 8 and I remembered was able to view my shared folder on WDTVLive until I have recently updated the firmware on the player, now I’m back to square one. I have been mucking around with the network sharing but no luck.

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  3. Thanks! I was starting to get really frustrated. One thing which took me ashamedly a few tries to work out was how to share other drives with the designated “Videos” folder: Just right click on the drive and select “Include in library > Videos” or wherever you’d like it.

    Thanks again for the clear instructions!

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  4. Hi, is it possible for the media player to stream what you’re watching online in your laptop onto the tv via the media player?

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