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I have a fairly recent Samsung TV that supports DLNA and I am able to make it play video for example from my phone (using an app), which is very cool and awesome.

However having to use my phone can be a bit cumbersome compared to, say, a laptop.

Does anyone know of a Windows based DLNA client that supports the ability to 'command' a DLNA receiver to play a video over the protocol?

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Windows Media Player in Windows (7+ anyway) supports DLNA. You can use the "Play To" function to send video to DLNA receivers.

From Using the Play To feature to stream media:

You can use the Play To feature to stream video, music, or picture files stored on your computer to a separate playback device on your home network. That device could be another computer, TV, or stereo connected to your network.

Also, maybe take a peek at this related SU question, just in case: Play movie from Windows Media to a DLNA TV: “failed to retrieve media information from media server”

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