DLNA doubles AV certifications

Michelle Clancy | 29-10-2012

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) has doubled product certifications since 2010, with more than 500 audio-visual systems to date certified for sharing music and video content on a range of consumer electronics products throughout the digital home.

"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."

According to Parks Associates, more than 60% of home audio products are expected to come with embedded network capabilities by 2016. The same report also revealed that more than 90 million AV units worldwide will feature technologies such as DLNA. Moreover, trusted consumer websites such as tested.com support DLNA as a networking feature when choosing an AV receiver for the home theater.

"As a manufacturer that is committed to bringing the ultimate digital entertainment experience to households worldwide, LG is pleased to leverage DLNA technology to ensure consumers have the best in connected consumer products," said Byungjin Kim, Smart Convergence Technology Team Leader at LG. "Incorporating DLNA technology into LG products allows consumers to effortlessly connect and enjoy music and video content over the home network connection without being limited by wires."

Members of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) share a vision of an interoperable network of personal computers, consumer electronics, mobile devices and service providers in and beyond the home, enabling a seamless environment for sharing and growing new digital media and content services. Founded in 2003, the group established and maintains a platform of interoperability based on open and established industry standards.

DLNA-certified AV systems can act 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 Blu-ray players, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and televisions. There are almost 20,000 DLNA-certified device models. DLNA-certified AV systems are currently available from member companies including: Harman International, Huawei, LG, ONKYO, Philips, Pioneer, Sony, Yamaha and others.