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The following shows how to turn on Media Streaming from Windows Media Player 12 running on a HP G72 Notebook PC with Windows 7 Home Premium to a Dish HPR2000 whole-home DVR Receiver, Model Xip813 Hopper. Windows Media Player and the Hopper are DLNA (Digital Living Network-Alliance) capable.  See links WMP 12 and Hopper. In this setup Windows Media Player 12 will be the Digital Media Server and the Hopper will be the Digital Media Player. 

*NOTE: Make sure you have configured Windows 7 Advanced sharing settings for your home network:   

Turn on network discovery - see all the computers and devices on your home network.

Turn on file and printer sharing - share files on your home network.

Turn on public folder sharing - share public files on your home network.   

Turn on media streaming - share media on your home network.

Turn on type of encryption you would like to use on your home network. I use 40-/56-bit encryption for this setup.

Turn on/off password protection sharing. I use password off for this setup.

Turn on Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections.  

  1. When I purchased my Notebook, I turned on the streaming options and the Notebook displayed on the Dish Home Media device list and I was able to access the media on the Notebook from Dish Home Media. The Notebook is Wi-Fi connected to my home network.    


  1. I also noticed the Hopper was showing in my network on the Notebook. Not being familiar with Windows 7 or the Windows Media Player 12 streaming options I started to investigate and found I could send (stream) media to the Hopper. You can turn on streaming options to the Hopper either from Network view or from Windows Media Player 12.     

  1. From Network view, right click Hopper and click Media streaming options, the Hopper should show in the list. Click Customize, click Use Default Settings check box. Click OK button to save and then click OK button to exit Media streaming options,   

  1. Open Windows Media Player 12 and turn on Streaming options. 

    Allow Internet access to home media - allows you to access your home media from outside your home network  with an online ID such as a WindowsLiveID. This requires additional setup with Port Forwarding thru your home router.

    Allow remote control of my player -  allows someone on your home network to Play To your computer.

    Automatically allow devices to play my media - allows any computer or device that connects to your network can play your shared media.   

    More streaming options is same as Step 3.

  1. At this point I closed Windows Media Player 12 and rebooted my Notebook. Once your computer is back up and running, open Windows Media Player 12 and select a song you want to play. It can be from a playlist or Music song in the library. Right click the song and select Play To and then Hopper.    

  1. A Play To pop window will be displayed with your song going to the Hopper. 

  1. A message box will display on your TV - A device is requesting that a media file be allowed to play. To continue press "OK". Use your Dish remote control and press the Select button and make sure the Arrow is positioned on the OK button. 

  1. The song will start playing and will also display the album/song art if you have it updated in Windows Media Player 12. You can control the song by using the Play To pop window. 

  1. You can also Play To entire Playlists or albums and the songs will automatically advance to next song after playing.

  1. You can also Play To from Windows Explorer folder view. The Hopper will even play .WMA  songs.


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Last Updated 03/26/2017 10:52:06 AM by Rick Silvers

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