DLNA Certifies 1,000-Plus TVs In Q1 2011

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The Digital Living Network Alliance said it certified more than 1,000 models of TV sets in North America, Europe, Korea and Japan for its media-sharing specification in the first three months of the year -- more than the total certified in the first four years of the program.

With a DLNA-certified television, consumers can access content from an array of other DLNA-certified products including set-top boxes, mobile phones, tablet computers, digital cameras and laptops. There are now more than 4,000 DLNA-certified television models available.

DLNA promoter members include Comcast, CableLabs, AT&T, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, DirecTV, Dolby Laboratories, Intel, Motorola, Rovi, Samsung, Sony, Technicolor, Toshiba and Verizon.

Earlier this year, CableLabs demonstrated tru2way-based interactive program guides from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications delivering DVR content via home networks to DLNA-certified products from Samsung, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Sony Electronics.

DLNA-certified televisions are currently available from member companies including: AwoX, Broadcom, Cabot, Compal, Funai, HP, Hitachi, JVC, LG, MStar, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba and Trident.

"In just the first three months of this year, we saw an exponential increase in new television model certifications, demonstrating that the connected television is only increasing in importance as the focal point of today's fully connected digital home," DLNA chairman and president Nidhish Parikh said. "Consumers are demanding connectivity amongst all of their home entertainment products and require the flexibility to share content between products developed by a variety of manufacturers."