The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) has released new interoperability guidelines for the playback of high-quality, premium commercial video across products that are certified for the interoperability standard.

Indeed the new standard is designed to address the increasing demand for simplified access to premium commercial content throughout the home, including films and network TV programming. The guidelines, said to be developed in conjunction with global cable, satellite and telecommunications service providers, have been formulated to allow DTCP-IP Protected Streaming to make service provider content more easily available for playback across digital TV, Blu-ray disc players, game consoles and set-top boxes.

"Our service provider member companies have been instrumental in the development of these Interoperability Guidelines for playback of premium commercial video on DLNA Certified products," explained Nidhish Parikh, chairman and president of DLNA. "Together, we are facilitating advances in the digital delivery of content to the home by building on the Alliance's rich set of technology to store and play content. The release of these Interoperability Guidelines is the first step in what is a key global strategic objective for DLNA over the next year."

The DLNA Interoperability Guidelines are already in place as a component of the CableLabs tru2way Home Networking specification and associated open source reference implementation that enables secure transfer of cable content to DLNA Certified devices.

The new guidelines have received warm welcome by a number of leading US video service providers for who such interoperability could be key going forward in TV Everywhere environments.

"The new DLNA Interoperability Guidelines greatly assist Time Warner Cable by defining a common method to deliver our content to various retail consumer electronics devices such as connected televisions, game consoles, Blu-ray disc players, tablets and mobile phones; all securely using DTCP/IP link protection. Throughout our footprint we continue to deploy more set-top boxes that are able to serve content to DLNA products Certified to these Interoperability Guidelines," said Mike Lajoie, CTO of Time Warner Cable.