DLNA Expands Certification Program to Include "Play To" and "Print To" Functionality

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BEAVERTON, Ore., December 16, 2008 -DLNA has added two new functions to its certification program. The expanded program includes "Play to" and "Print to" capabilities that allow connected devices to push photos, videos and audio from one device on a home network to another DLNA Certified device.

"Play to" and "Print to" functions let users send content to a rendering device such as a digital photo frame, TV or printer. This extends the traditional concept of players and servers to add a third device, digital media controller. Digital media controllers are useful for sending photos, video and audio to display devices which have inaccessible or no integrated controls. An example is a mobile handheld device or PC pushing content from a networked attached storage (NAS) server to a networked digital photo frame in another room using "Play to" functionality. "Print to" products let users send photos from a remote server to a printer.

DLNA expects to certify the first "Play to" and "Print to" products in the first quarter of 2009. Products which successfully complete the DLNA Certification & Logo program are granted use of the "DLNA CERTIFIED" logo. This signifies to consumers that the product has been tested with the reference devices and the DLNA developed Conformance Test Tool (CTT) as well as meets DLNA Interoperability Guidelines. More than 3,100 products have been certified by DLNA since the inception of the certification program in 2005.

"DLNA product certification continues to gain momentum with vendors worldwide," says Scott Smyers, chairman of the DLNA board of directors and senior vice president of Sony. "Today's announcement is another example of how we are continuing to expand our Certification programs to address the applications most important to consumers' digital living experience."

"The connected home product category is driven by DLNA," says Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst of Parks Associates. "Expansions to the DLNA Certification program announced today add even more value to the home networking marketplace, by ensuring devices have been thoroughly tested in accordance with the DLNA Interoperability Guidelines, and adhere to a robust set of widely accepted industry standards."

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.