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Users of Nokia's Symbian handsets can now get some DLNA action. With Nokia Play To, from the company's BetaLabs, they can throw content onto the TV screen like everyone else.

The software is only a beta release, but adds DLNA functionality to all of Nokia's Symbian^3 devices so they can stream video, audio and slide shows onto any DNLA-supporting device including TVs, BlueRay players and suchlike.

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standard is a marvellous thing – supported by all sorts of TVs and media players it allows devices on the same LAN to stream content to each other. So a DLNA app on a phone can throw video onto a DLNA television, assuming that television can cope with the way in which the video is encoded.

DLNA connects devices together; it doesn't promise they'll work with the same content. DLNA clients come with different features, some will even transcode content for compatibility, but most differ in interface rather than trying to manage the content itself.

Android has a variety of DLNA clients available, ranging from basic connection managers – such as Samsung's AllShare – to Twonky, which will stream just about any video found on the internet to a TV screen.

Nokia's Play To seems to be on the more basic side, but even then it's well worth checking out, if only to make sharing photographs a good deal more comfortable. ®

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