Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 20-07-2011

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) says that it has experienced 'unprecedented' growth in the number of DLNA Certified televisions during the first quarter of 2011, with more than 1,000 models in North America, Europe, Korea and Japan passing muster.

The milestone speaks to the thirst on the part of the consumer for a convenient way to share content throughout the digital home, the organisation said.

The number of television models certified by the DLNA in the first three months of the year was greater than the total number certified in the first four years of the program. There are now more than 4,000 certified television models available, capable of using the DLNA specification to port content amongst devices in the home, including mobile phones, tablet computers, digital cameras and laptops.

Total shipments of connected televisions in 2015 are expected to reach 138 million worldwide, according to DisplaySearch, a global market research and consulting firm specializing in the flat panel display supply chain and display-related industries. As the number of connected televisions grows on a global scale, and the television remains the hub of today’s digital home, DLNA stressed.

"In just the first three months of this year, we saw an exponential increase in new television model certifications, demonstrating that the connected television is only increasing in importance as the focal point of today’s fully connected digital home," said Nidhish Parikh, chairman and president of DLNA. "Consumers are demanding connectivity amongst all of their home entertainment products and require the flexibility to share content between products developed by a variety of manufacturers. This demand increases each year and we expect to see continued growth in DLNA Certified televisions as a result."

The DLNA membership includes Access, AT&T, AwoX, Broadcom, CableLabs, Cisco, Comcast, DirecTV, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, Intel, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Pioneer, Promise Technology, Qualcomm, Rovi Corporation, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Technicolor, Toshiba and Verizon.