DLNA enhances standards to encompass Ultra HD



| 19 August 2015

Showing clearly the way in which the connected home and associated CE market is rapidly evolving, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) has expanded its certification programme to support more differentiation.

In addition to aiming to improve interoperability by eliminating differences between media formats for mobile devices, PCs, TVs and set-top boxes (STBs), the organisation has also released updated interoperability guidelines. The latter are designed to enable new product features for consumers who increasingly want to view content on mobile devices, improve energy efficiency, and enjoy video in higher definition media formats such as Ultra HD. This is achieved by the new standard providing support for High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) video compression.

The DLNA Guidelines also now mandated that all digital media players (DMPs) are regarded as digital media renderers (DMRs).

"This is a major enhancement to the DLNA Certification Programme and Interoperability Guidelines," said the alliance's executive director Donna Moore. "We now offer a 3.0 Certification option with plans to add a 4.0 Programme that will enable CE manufacturers to give their customers the best possible connected home experience. Additionally, we have updated our guidelines to make it easier for consumers to view a wider range of both standard and high definition content on a broader selection of interoperable TVs, PCs and mobile devices."