DLNA Enhances Home Network Experience with New Ways To Find, Share and Enjoy Content

802.11n and MoCA® Connectivity Options, Wi-Fi Protected SetupTM Support, Content Synchronization and Menu Sharing Added to Interoperability Guidelines

BEAVERTON, Ore., December 16, 2008 - Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) has introduced additional connectivity options, protected setup support, content synchronization and menu sharing that enhance the entertainment possibilities for home network users.

New additions to DLNA Interoperability Guidelines, currently available to members with publication in early 2009, provide additional flexibility for users to send, receive and enjoy content where they want it, when they want it.

Built on a foundation of technical work completed by the 240 member companies of DLNA, these Guideline additions offer:

  • Photo, Video and Audio Synchronization providing automated synchronization of content across multiple devices.
  • Menu Sharing allowing menu control of other networked devices.
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup making it easy for users to configure and add devices to a home Wi-Fi network protected with WPA2 security.
  • Inclusion of 802.11n and MoCA® connectivity standards in the Guidelines reinforce DLNA's commitment to work with other industry standard groups.

"DLNA is the solution for the connected home," says Scott Smyers, chairman of the DLNA board of directors and senior vice president of Sony. "Service providers and manufacturers who adopt the guidelines are meeting the needs of consumers to share and enjoy content anytime, anywhere."

"Including Wi-Fi Protected Setup in the Guidelines reflects DLNA's commitment to a great user experience," says Edgar Figueroa, executive director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "Now, Wi-Fi-enabled DLNA devices will be even easier to configure, and the latest generation of Wi-Fi security will be enabled across the networked home."

About DLNA

Members of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) share a vision of an interoperable network of personal computers (PC), consumer electronics (CE), mobile devices and service providers 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 and established 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. DLNA's 2009 Promoter Members include: Access, Awox, Broadcom, Cisco, Comcast, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Kenwood, LG, Macrovision, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, NXP, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba. Additional information about the alliance, its participating companies and membership benefits is available at www.dlna.org.