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BlackBerry 10 “Play On” DLNA Support is a Beautiful Thing


We have been waiting for full on DLNA support on BlackBerry for awhile now since BlackBerry first joined the DLNA group. We saw parts of it creep up in BlackBerry 7.1 but it truly starts shining on BlackBerry 10. In the video, pictures, and music app on BlackBerry 10 you now have the option to “Play On.” This allows you to play the video, picture, or music over HDMI or also stream and control it on any DLNA compatible player. Both my Samsung DVD player and Samsung TV are DLNA compatible players so I could easily stream and control the video playing from my BlackBerry Z10 to my 46” TV wirelessly.

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On top of that you do have the option in the settings to share you pictures, video, and movies to other DLNA compliant players so you can totally control it from your TV. I was just surprised at how seamlessly it works. When I try to do this with a Samsung Galaxy S3 I had nothing but trouble and clearing caches. This worked the first time out the gate!

Here is what the pictures app looks like:

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  1. That is so coool. I need to find out if panasonic viera tv is DLNA compatible. if not, what other options do i have, other than getting a new TV? 🙂

  2. Yes. Not all devices are dlna compatible. Some blu-ray players are. I know the ps3 is. If you’re not sure just google the model number to find specs

  3. You can find out is your TV or other appliance/device is DNLA certified here….

  4. A shame BB10 still doesn’t know how to be a DLNA player. Let me know if you’ve successfully used an Android app to play content from a media server.

  5. Let me tell you about a little Android app available in BlackBerry World called Ghost Commander. (thanks to one of our readers for pointing it out) It lets you mount a network share with credentials and if you click on a video it opens it up just fine in the video player. Sadly it does not work so well with FTP sites but I am working on finding a way!

    • I know that reader ;). The advantage of using the DLNA protocol with something like Serviio is that the server can transcode on the fly any content which the client can’t play.

  6. Have you been able to use the BB10 as the player from something like serviio media server. I really want to do that with my Playbook but so far no success.

  7. Check out KalemSoft Media Player for Blackberry 10 and Playbook. It can stream from DLNA servers to the device directly

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