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DLNA doubles up on certification of audio, video systems

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 1:13pm
Mike Robuck

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) announced today that it has seen a surge in the number of DLNA-certified audio/video (AV) products, along with more than 500 certifications of systems to date.

The certifications for products have doubled since 2010 as DLNA works to provide access to content across various devices in consumers’ homes. DLNA said it has certified nearly 20,000 device models.

“AV devices have become a vital component of today’s connected home,” said Nidhish Parikh, chairman and president of DLNA. “Consumers are demanding more from their digital content and are looking for ways to access media from multiple devices on their home network. DLNA-certified AV systems are able to communicate with other consumer electronics, such as smartphones, tablets, televisions and NAS devices, effectively expanding the boundaries of the digital home through easy interoperability.”

DLNA-certified AV systems can serve as a digital media player or renderer, allowing consumers to control their integrated home theater systems by browsing, playing and controlling video or music from DLNA-certified products, such as Blu-ray players, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and televisions.

According to Parks Associates, more than 60 percent of home audio products are expected to come with embedded network capabilities by 2016. The same report also said that more than 90 million AV units worldwide would feature technologies such as DLNA.

DLNA's Promoter Members include AT&T, Broadcom, CableLabs, Cisco, Comcast, DirecTV, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Ericsson, Google, HP, HTC, Huawei, Intel, LG, Microsoft, Nokia, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, Technicolor and Verizon.

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Comcast, Intel and Pace demonstrated DLNA’s Premium Video platform, which enabled networking to various DLNA-certified devices in the home.

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