The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is celebrating a decade of enabling consumers to connect and enjoy their music, videos and photos from any DLNA Certified product. Hundreds of multi-industry companies from around the world have joined DLNA to support a shared vision of digital interoperability, where consumers can confidently choose compatible products and content sources from a range of service providers and manufacturers, today as well as in the future.
“DLNA is widely recognised as the standard for interoperability between networked home and mobile entertainment devices,” noted Nidhish Parikh, chairman and president of DLNA. “Alliance guidelines have been adopted by both the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as standards for connectivity. We are well positioned to address upcoming industry challenges as consumers adopt new content storage and sharing habits that make interoperability across a wide range of devices, applications and services even more important.”
Research from industry analyst firm Parks Associates highlights DLNA’s deep reach into consumers’ digital lifestyles. With two billion DLNA Certified products already purchased by consumers, the firm projects a total of three billion products will be sold globally by 2014 with a further increase to five billion by 2016.
“DLNA continues to be an important industry standard for the connected home, and new additions to the guidelines are likely to increase DLNA’s influence in the future,” said Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates. “Sales of DLNA Certified products will see significant growth in upcoming years, exceeding the rate of growth of non-certified products in several categories.”