Shopping for a new home AV setup with DLNA support? You've got twice as many options as you might have had just a few years ago. The Digital Living Network Alliance says that it has certified over 500 AV systems, handily doubling the number of devices it has certified since 2010. The organization issued a press release lambasting the dark ages of pre-DLNA AV setups and the "bulky tapes, memory cards, discs and CDs" that media lovers once had to contend with. "Consumers are demanding more from their digital content and looking for ways to access media from multiple devices on their home network," explains DLNA chairman and president Nidhish Parikh. "Certified AV systems are able to communicate with other consumer electronics... ...effectively expanding the boundaries of the digital home through easy interoperability." More connected devices for folks outside of the Apple ecosystem? Sounds good to us -- even if most devices pack in compatibility for both.
DLNA® Doubles Certification of Audio-Video Products
Two-Year Surge in Certifications Demonstrates Prominence of Networked
Audio-Video Devices in the Connected Home
PORTLAND, OR – October 29, 2012 – The Digital Living Network Alliance® (DLNA®) has seen a surge in the number of DLNA Certified® Audio-Video (AV) products, and today announces that Certifications have doubled since 2010. DLNA has Certified more than 500 AV systems to date, providing consumers with the ability to enjoy 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."
Prior to DLNA Certified® AV systems, consumers were restricted by the use of bulky tapes, memory cards, discs and CDs for AV content. Today, consumers can use connected devices to effortlessly enjoy content throughout the digital home.
AV continues to be an expanding category within the connected home. According to Parks Associates, more than 60 percent 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, 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."
"With more than 50 DLNA Certified AV systems, it is clear ONKYO realizes the significance of including the technology into our products to create ease and convenience for consumers," said Nobuaki Okuda, CTO, Onkyo Corporation. "ONKYO is committed to offering a variety of ways for consumers to enjoy music content. Incorporating DLNA into our products enables our AV systems to be an integral part to the connected home."
DLNA Certified® AV systems can act as a digital media player or renderer, allowing consumers to control their integrated home theater systems by easily browsing, playing and controlling video or music from DLNA Certified® products such as Blu-ray players, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and televisions. With nearly 20,000 DLNA Certified® device models, consumers can enjoy their music and video content on AV systems from an array of DLNA Certified® products. DLNA Certified® AV systems are currently available from member companies including: Harman International, Huawei, LG, ONKYO, Philips, Pioneer, Sony, Yamaha, and many more. A full list of Certified AV system models can be found on the DLNA Certified Product Search.