HomePNA Approved by Digital Living Network Alliance for Inclusion in its Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines

CONNECTIONS™ Digital Living Conference & Showcase – Santa Clara, CA  June 28, 2011 -The HomePNA® Alliance today announced that its technology standard has been approved by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) for incorporation into the next version of its Networked  Device Interoperability Guidelines. 

More than 200 DLNA member companies share a vision of an interoperable network of products throughout the home, enabling a seamless environment for creating, managing and sharing new digital media and content services. The DLNA Certified® logo appears on tens of thousands of products from the world’s leading companies in the consumer electronics, mobile, personal computer, software, service provider, automotive and semiconductor industries. DLNA Certification ensures that a product has been tested and proven compatible with various  products designed according to the DLNA Interoperability Guidelines.  

“There are a large number of products available to deliver and consume digital content  throughout today’s connected home. DLNA Certification gives service providers a valuable tool  to simplify the deployment of services such as IPTV to consumers,” said Michael Weissman,  president of HomePNA.  “DLNA and HomePNA share a common vision  to simplify the  installation of networked products. HomePNA believes that DLNA Certified® HomePNA products  will help drive additional reductions in IPTV installation and operating costs, saving time and  money for service providers and increasing customer satisfaction.” 

“The digital home includes a wide range of DLNA Certified products – from products purchased  at retail stores to those distributed by service providers,” said Nidhish Parikh, chairman and  president of DLNA. “Certification of home networking technologies such as HomePNA is  becoming an important component in the industry’s drive to make networked equipment in the  home work together."  

Highlights / Key Facts  • Four of the top five largest telcos in North America deploying IPTV have selected HomePNA.  • More than 20 million HomePNA chipsets have been shipped, worldwide.  • HomePNA is currently deployed across five continents around the globe.  • HomePNA has helped service providers reduce installation costs by more than $800 million.  • Telcos that have deployed HomePNA generally experience higher fixed line retention, higher  ARPU, and greater customer satisfaction.  • HomePNA 3.1 has been standardized by the ITU as Recommendation G.9954  a major factor  in telco adoption of the technology for IPTV and triple play.  • To date, the addition of HomePNAenabled IPTV has generated more than $1 billion in new  revenues for service providers. 

About HomePNA   HomePNA is an incorporated, nonprofit association of industryleading companies including  AT&T, Motorola, Cisco and Pace working together to create, promote and certify multimedia  home networking technology that operates over existing wires. HomePNA technology operates  over coax cables and phone wires to deliver Internet Protocol (IP) services like IPTV, Voice over  Internet Protocol (VoIP) and data, often bundled by service providers as tripleplay services.  Founded in June 1998, HomePNA members represent cuttingedge international companies that  span the networking, telecommunications, hardware, software and consumer electronics  industries. For more information on HomePNA, visit www.homepna.org. 


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DLNA Launches Expanded Certification Program for Home Networking Products

International Cross-Industry Organization Expands Program to Validate New Device Categories

TOKYO and PORTLAND, Ore. October 2, 2007 Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) today announced the expansion of its Certification and Logo Program to now cover four DLNA device classes: Digital Media Server, Digital Media Player, Mobile Digital Media Server, and Mobile Digital Media Player. The certification program verifies that new DLNA products comply with the latest DLNA Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines.

The DLNA Certification and Logo Program tests products for member companies through a well-defined process. Upon successfully completing this process, DLNA members are granted use of the DLNA Certified logo to market and promote the tested product. Certified products available in the market are also listed on the DLNA website.

Since DLNA started its certification program in September 2005, more than 1,300 products have earned DLNA Certified status, with more than 730 products listed on the DLNA web site as available in the market. These products represent a large variety of categories, including televisions, personal computers, HDD and video disc recorders and players, home and personal audio systems, digital media adaptors (DMA), home theaters, network attached storage (NAS) devices, digital cameras, and gaming devices. More than two dozen member companies have certified products to date.

Currently, there are four independent test laboratories, known as Independent Certification Vendors (ICVs), that are accredited by DLNA to perform interoperability testing services as part of the requirements set by the DLNA Certification and Logo Program. These labs cover four main regions: Allion Test Labs in Taipei, Taiwan, ROC; PMTC in Diepenbeek, Belgium; University of New Hampshire-InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, New Hampshire; and XXCAL JAPAN in Yokohama, Japan.

Complementing the DLNA Certification and Logo Program, DLNA also hosts technical plugfests on a quarterly basis to provide its members with opportunities to test products with other companies' products and prototypes in advance of their formal certification.

"The DLNA Certification and Logo Program delivers a level of assurance to the industry and to consumers that products with a DLNA Certified logo have passed rigorous testing to be able to share digital content between devices within a home network," said Scott Smyers, president and chairman of DLNA. "With the expanded DLNA device guidelines, more manufacturers will be able to certify various categories of products, which provide consumers with more choices to connect and enjoy their digital content." In addition to the ICV testing, DLNA devices equipped with IEEE 802.11 wireless capability are required to be certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance. Also required for applicable device classes is UPnP certification (administered by the UPnP Implementers Corporation).

DLNA Guidelines The DLNA Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines support image, audio and video across twelve device classes and various additional capabilities, as well as Link Protection mechanisms. The next version of the DLNA Guidelines, currently under development, expands on the current guidelines by adding additional features and capabilities to meet consumers' needs as they expand their digital home networks.

About DLNA

Members of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) share a vision of an interoperable network of personal computers (PC), consumer electronics (CE) and mobile devices in and beyond the home, enabling a seamless environment for sharing and growing new digital media and content services. Founded in 2003, the group established and maintains a platform of interoperability based on open industry standards that, when used by manufacturers, will support the sharing of media through wired or wireless networks. More than 240 multi-industry companies from around the world have joined DLNA, committing the time and resources necessary to achieve their vision. Additional information about the alliance, its participating companies and membership information is available at www.dlna.org .