DLNA Advances Playback of Commercial Video Across DLNA Certified(R) Products

By Digital Living Network Alliance, PRNE
Sunday, May 22, 2011

LONDON, May 23, 2011 -

- Interoperability Guidelines Developed in Conjunction with Global Cable,
Satellite and Telecommunications Service Providers Introduced at this Week's
Connected Home Global Summit

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) today announced the release of
new Interoperability Guidelines for the playback of high-quality, premium
commercial video. Announced at this week's Connected Home Global Summit 2011
in London, the new standard addresses the increasing demand for simplified
access to premium commercial content throughout the home, including movies
and network television programming. Developed in conjunction with global
cable, satellite and telecommunications service providers, the
Interoperability Guidelines leverage DTCP-IP Protected Streaming to make
service provider content more easily available for playback across digital
televisions, Blu-ray disc players, game consoles and set-top boxes.

"Our service provider member companies have been instrumental in the
development of these Interoperability Guidelines for playback of premium
commercial video on DLNA Certified(R) products," said Nidhish Parikh,
chairman and president of DLNA. "Together, we are facilitating advances in
the digital delivery of content to the home by building on the Alliance's
rich set of technology to store and play content. The release of these
Interoperability Guidelines is the first step in what is a key global
strategic objective for DLNA over the next year."

"The new DLNA Interoperability Guidelines greatly assist Time Warner
Cable by defining a common method to deliver our content to various retail
consumer electronics devices such as connected televisions, game consoles,
Blu-ray disc players, tablets and mobile phones; all securely using DTCP/IP
link protection. Throughout our footprint we continue to deploy more set-top
boxes that are able to serve content to DLNA products Certified to these
Interoperability Guidelines," said Mike Lajoie, CTO of Time Warner Cable.

DLNA has worked with service providers on the delivery of digital content
throughout the home since the Alliance's inception. DLNA Interoperability
Guidelines are already in place as a component of the CableLabs(R)' tru2way(R)
Home Networking specification and associated open source reference
implementation that enables secure transfer of cable content to DLNA
Certified(R) devices. CableLabs is a DLNA Promoter Member and a nonprofit
research and development consortium dedicated to pursuing new cable
telecommunications technologies. CableLabs has dedicated its last two
interoperability events to testing the distribution of premium cable content
from tru2way(R) set-top boxes to DLNA Certified(R) game consoles, televisions,
PCs, and mobile phones.

"CableLabs is pleased by the cross-industry effort spearheaded by DLNA to
enable the delivery of commercial video to retail consumer electronics
devices," said Dr. Paul Liao, president and CEO of CableLabs. "With these new
DLNA Interoperability Guidelines, consumers soon will be able to purchase a
DLNA Certified(R) product that can access authorized content from any cable
operator that provides a set-top-box built to tru2Way(R) Home Networking

Said Tony Werner, CTO of Comcast: "Comcast customers with set-top boxes
based on tru2way(R) reference implementation will be able to enjoy premium
recorded content on a variety of retail DLNA devices certified to these new
guidelines. This development is an important step and Comcast looks forward
to continued support of new DLNA initiatives that will enable additional
usage scenarios for various content services."

"These new DLNA Interoperability Guidelines help us move beyond
traditional consumption models to deliver content anywhere, anytime, on any
device," said Jay Rolls, senior vice president of technology for Cox
Communications. "In addition, DLNA Certified(R) consumer electronics can now
be used to control playback of cable video content, extending the power of
the remote to preferred personal devices."

Interoperability Guidelines for the playback of high-value, premium
commercial content across home networks are available now. Product
certifications to these guidelines will begin later this year. For more
information about DLNA or the Alliance's global standards, please visit
www.DLNA.org or find us on Facebook at

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 200 multi-industry companies from around the
world have joined DLNA, committing the time and resources necessary to
achieve their vision. DLNA's Promoter Members include: ACCESS, AT&T, AwoX,
Broadcom, CableLabs, Cisco, Comcast, DIRECTV, DTS, Dolby Laboratories,
Ericsson, HP, Huawei, Intel, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic,
PROMISE Technology, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Technicolor and Verizon.
Additional information about the Alliance, its participating companies and
membership benefits is available at www.dlna.org.

John Kreuzer, McGrath/Power Public Relations, +1-408-727-0351, johnk at mcgrathpower.com

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