DLNA Fast Facts: A New Way to Certify, VidiPath Services Launched

CERTIFY TO DLNA 2.0, 3.0 AND 4.0

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 and allows for differentiation of products, which will lead to more DLNA Certified products in the hands of consumers. While higher versions increase the quality and add new features, all versions are built on the same core DLNA functionality. Members can certify to DLNA 2.0 and 3.0 today.

Available in 2016 – DLNA Certified 4.0

DLNA 4.0 promises to give consumers an outstanding experience with the latest and most feature-rich DLNA Guidelines. Companies taking advantage of this highest version can differentiate from competitors by using the DLNA 4.0 brand. The bar for DLNA 4.0 was set high and includes the following mandatory features:

  • Significant changes to improve interoperability and guarantee playback
  • Mandatory DMR support for DMP
  • MPEG-2 & AVC (extend formats to HD)
  • AVC in MP4 containers 
  • Networked Devices Power Save 
  • Diagnostics
  • IPv6


DLNA’s Smart Home Task Force has been working to extend the DLNA Guidelines to cover Smart Home functionalities and enable interaction with surrounding Smart Home devices. 

DLNA is currently working on three use cases: the gym extender, doorbell and dimming. The gym extender use case consists of presenting exercise information on the user’s television rather than on a dedicated screen on the bike (or other exercise devices). In the doorbell use case, someone rings the door and the surveillance camera output is displayed on the living room TV. In the dimming use case, a user starts watching a movie and upon pressing play, the light dims. Later during the playback, the light intensity will adjust to the movie scenes. Join the DLNA Smart Home Task Force today to learn more about these use cases and DLNA’s role in the world of Smart Home. 


Earlier this year US service providers released VidiPath services in the homes of consumers. ABI Research projects that VidiPath-Certified devices will be available in approximately 40 percent of all U.S. cable households that subscribe to advanced services by 2016, and 70 percent by 2020. If additional capabilities are added in the coming years as VidiPath continues to evolve, ABI anticipates its adoption among the advanced cable service footprint could grow to 100 percent by 2017.  

In the U.S., Comcast launched XFINITY for VidiPath in the second quarter of 2015 and is providing subscribers with ongoing updates and educational information.“Comcast launched the Xfinity for VidiPath service in the second quarter of 2015 and we are preparing our subscribers for the availability of VidiPath Certified retail devices,” said David de Andrade, Fellow at Comcast Cable.  “We are excited about the benefits these products will bring to consumers. VidiPath supports our continued transition to Xfinity X1 IP video delivery by expanding the number and variety of consumer devices that are able to directly receive Xfinity X1 IP video using an Xfinity app.”