DLNA Certification Versioning
The Alliance is proud to announce a major change to the DLNA Certification Program - DLNA Certification Versioning, which creates different levels of certification. This new program gives DLNA Member companies greater flexibility, allowing for the differentiation of products which will lead to more DLNA Certified products in the hands of consumers. While the higher certification versions require increased quality and add new features, all versions are built on the same core DLNA functionality.
Certification versions 2.0 and 3.0 are available today. Coming in 2016, DLNA Certified 4.0, promises to give the consumer an outstanding experience with the latest and most feature rich DLNA Certification requirements.
Value of DLNA Certified
Over 25,000 device models have been DLNA Certified® by over 200 member companies since the launch of the program in 2005. In addition, it is projected that there will be nearly 5 billion DLNA Certified products available on the global market by the end of 2016.
Class 1 Base Device: The cost for this type of certification is $15,000 and an unlimited number of derivatives can be submitted for one year from the original date of certification.
Class 2 Base Device: The cost for this type of certification is $1,000 and up to 40 derivatives can be submitted for one year from the original date of certification. Additional derivatives may be purchased for $25 each.
Class 3 Software: The cost for certifying software is $1,000.
OEM Transfer: The Certificate for a base device is transferred from one company (A) to a second company (B). For OEM transfers, the cost will either be $1,000 for Class 2 or $15,000 for Class 1. An OEM transfer allows company B to create as many derivatives from the transferred base device as the Certification Class they pay for (40 derivatives for Class 2; unlimited derivatives for Class 1). Transfers must be done within one year of the base model certification.
Brand Transfer: In the case where a member company has the rights to a brand but does not own the brand, a Brand Transfer may occur so that the member can use the DLNA Certified mark on a certified product with the relevant brand name. Both the certifying company and the company that owns the brand must be DLNA members. The cost will either be $1,000 for Class 2 or $15,000 for Class 1. A Brand Transfer allows the member to create as many derivatives from the transferred base device as the Certification Class they pay for (40 derivatives for Class 2; unlimited derivatives for Class 1). Transfers must be done within one year of the base model certification.
OEM Derivative: The Certificate for a base device is transferred from one company (A) to a second company (B). For an OEM derivative, the cost is $500 per device. An OEM derivative transfer does NOT allow company B to submit derivatives for the transferred base device.
DLNA provides many resources for Members going through certification:
DLNA Technical Operations staff is here to support you through the entire certification process.
Independent Certification Vendors are authorized test facilities that conduct the Certification testing for DLNA Certified products. All ICVs are experts in running the DLNA test tools and all have the interoperability equipment needed for Certification. ICVs can also provide pre-testing services to help Members achieve Certification.
DLNA Plugfests are Members-only events that provide a great opportunity for you to pre-test your products with other companies’ products and discover any bugs prior to submitting for Certification. At the event you will have the opportunity to work with DLNA Technical Operations, Independent Certification Vendor (ICV) representatives, and the DLNA Certification Test Tool developers all in one place to answer your questions regarding test execution, tools, the Certification process and more.
DLNA Test Tools are available to Members only and are a critical component to certifying your product. Using the DLNA Certification Test Tools during product development enables defects to be found quickly and ensures nothing has broken between builds, saving your developers time and effort. Learn more about the Test Tools.