DLNA (UPnP) And "Throwing" Media
As mentioned previously, the Tablet S uniquely offers Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support through DLNA. This allows you to direct content from one source to another.
For example, in our demo (above), we stream a Blu-ray rip of Iron Man from a laptop onto the Tablet S. What's really cool is that we can also "throw" the movie from our laptop to a desktop using the tablet. Hence, we see the desktop play the movie in Windows Media Player 12, since it supports the DLNA protocol. This opens up a world of possibilities to HTPC owners (provided you enable DLNA for WMP12). If your TV natively supports DLNA as well, you can also push directly to the TV.
Whether you store all of your videos in one place or across multiple sources, the Tablet S is able to direct the stream from one source to another. This is a fire-and-forget process; once you throw a video, you can go back to browsing or using other apps on the tablet. And the feature isn't specific to video content. You can also throw music and pictures.
To be fair, this capability isn't exclusive to Sony. It's possible to achieve with an iPhone armed with mediaCTRL or an Android-based device using ArkMC. The difference is that the Tablet S is certified to work with all DLNA devices, and its user interface is integrated with the music and video app. We've encountered glitchy behavior in ArkMC, whereas the DLNA app on the Tablet S performs flawlessly.
The Tablet S' interface could still use some work. Ideally, we'd like a single master list for music and videos. This would help circumvent the need to browse for specific content on different media servers.