Date: 25th Jan 2011
440 million DLNA-certified devices installed in 2010 says ABI
ABI has announced the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)
has given approval for more than 9000 consumer electronics
products and ABI estimates more than 440 million DLNA-certified
devices - from digital cameras to game consoles to TVs -
had been installed in users' homes by the end of 2010.
The certification of software that enables the streaming
of content between DLNA devices over the home network -
including applications such as Media Server and Media Player
- should be a very valuable addition to this program, says
According to practice director Jason Blackwell, "ABI
Research believes the DLNA's software certification program
is a significant step that will provide a powerful stimulus
to the adoption and connection of devices in consumers'
home networks. By vouching for the interoperability of devices
using certified software, the DLNA will foster confidence
among consumers that if they purchase certified hardware
and software, their systems will work as advertised."
Blackwell concludes, "Until now, manufacturers and
developers tended to ignore the home network and focused
on creating dedicated devices and their own ecosystems.
At CES, it seemed that vendors in all of these spaces (software,
hardware, and content) now realize the importance of home
networks and are searching for ways to make them work."