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This article describes improvements to the Play To feature in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2. This update addresses scenarios such as the seeking and playing of videos back-to-back, and additional reliability improvements. We recommend that you apply this update rollup as part of your regular maintenance routines.

About Play To

Play To is a feature in which devices implement the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) specification to remotely deliver and control content. Play To helps makes it easy to stream music, video, and photos from a Windows 8.1 device to other devices (such as a television set, a Microsoft Surface device, or a Microsoft Xbox unit) on your home network. In this case, the Play To feature works as a core functionality of the media pipeline.


When you stream videos, music, or photos by using the Play To feature, you experience some issues during photo transition or during the seeking or playing of videos back-to-back. A Play To device can be, for example, an Xbox unit, a television set, another computer, or a stereo system that is connected to same home network.


To improve Play To reliability, install update rollup 3000850. For more information about how to obtain this update rollup package, click the following article number to go to the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

3000850 November 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


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