Milestone Furthers Commitment to Enabling Consumers to Enjoy, Manage and Share Photos, Video and Music, Regardless of Device Manufacturer
BEAVERTON, Ore., May 26, 2009 With more than 5000 DLNA Certified® devices worldwide, consumers now have a greater variety of options for storing and sharing their digital media. By selecting these DLNA Certified® devices, which represent the best products from the world’s leading device manufacturers, consumers are able to connect their home network products together. In addition, the DLNA Certified products purchased today are designed to work with those purchased tomorrow.
“The number of DLNA Certified devices has grown along with consumer demand. We’ve certified more than 2,000 products within the last six months,” said Scott Smyers, chairman of the DLNA board of directors and senior vice president of Sony Electronics Inc. “DLNA is committed to redefining the consumer home media experience, making storing and sharing digital media easier than ever. With over 5,000 certified products, consumers can purchase with the confidence that their money will be spent on devices that work together now and in the future.”
Today’s home networks can be complex and confusing for consumers. With so many devices available, and no way to know for sure if they will work together, many consumers are left with products that do not communicate or provide a way to easily move digital media from room to room. In a recent DLNA commissioned study conducted by an independent market research firm, more than 75 percent of respondents claimed they would like to share, store and access their music and photos on any device within the home. However, many consumers currently have no way to do this as their music and photos are stored on devices that cannot easily connect to each other.
Consumers buying products bearing the “DLNA Certified” logo can be sure they are purchasing solutions that work together and can be networked, regardless of the manufacturer. DLNA Certified products adhere to DLNA Interoperability Guidelines and have met stringent interoperability tests. These products cover a wide variety of device categories including personal computers, mobile devices, televisions, digital cameras, and printers.
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 200 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, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, Intel, JVC Kenwood Holdings, 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.