DLNA – Digital Living Network Alliance is made by Sony in 2003 and is an Alliance of 250  companies that will  make it easier for consumers to use, share and enjoy their digital photos, music and videos.

As of January 2011, more than 9,000 different devices have obtained “DLNA Certified” status, indicated by a logo on their packaging and confirming their interoperability with other devices. It is estimated that more than 440 million DLNA-certified devices, from digital cameras to games consoles and TVs, have been installed in users’ homes

Members of DLNA

ACCESS, AT&T Labs, Awox, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Comcast, DIRECTV, Dolby Laboratories, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, Intel, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sharp Corporation, Sony Electronics, Technicolor, and Verizo

What’s Next: The DLNA Roadmap

With the latest version of the DLNA Interoperability Guidelines, the DLNA defined capabilities for DLNA Certified devices now include:

  • Addition of mobile devices and printers
  • An increase from two to 12 device classes supported
  • Addition of link protection guidelines to protect commercial content
  • Improvements to the architecture and protocol
  • Addition of new media format profiles
  • Addition of Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) for streaming audio and video
  • Quality of Service (QoS) extended across the entire DLNA network
  • Support for the AVC (MPEG-4) video coding standard
  • Support for Bluetooth® technology

Digital living in two steps

  1. First you need a home network — wired or wireless — and you’re ready to get started. That’s because DLNA Certified devices today connect, discover and communicate with each other over a home network, like the one you might already have for sharing your broadband Internet. (There might be other ways to connect in the future.)
  2. Next, go and buy the new DLNA Certified products available on the market today, and many more that will be available soon. Once you have those connected to your home network.




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