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Group: DLNA-Certified A/V Devices Double

Portland, Ore. –The number of networked home audio and video devices certified by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) doubled since 2010 to more than 500, the alliance reported.

DLNA-certified home audio and video products act as digital media players or renderers, letting consumers browse and play video or music from DLNA-certified products such as PCs, tablets and smartphones. Almost 20,000 products have been certified by the alliance, the group said.

DLNA-certified home audio and video products include component A/V receivers, Blu-ray players, televisions, HTiB systems, and networked music players. The majority are component A/V receivers, a spokesperson told TWICE.

Certified audio and video products are available from such association members as Harman, Huawei, LG, Onkyo, Philips, Pioneer, Sony, Yamaha and others, the group said.

 The alliance expects the number of certified audio and video products to grow and points to a Parks Associates study that forecasts more than 60 percent of home audio products will come with embedded network capabilities by 2016. The report also forecast that more than 90 million audio and video units worldwide will feature technologies such as DLNA.

The DLNA group was founded in 2003 to establish interoperability standards that enable media sharing among CE and PC products over a home’s wired or wireless Ethernet network. More than 240 companies are members.

Certified home audio and video devices are certified as digital media players, digital media renderers, or both.

Digital media player (DMP) products find content offered by a digital media server (DMS), such as a PC or network-attached storage drive, and include such products as TVs, home-theater systems, game consoles and handheld mobile devices, including smartphones, a spokesperson said.

Digital media renderer (DMR) products are similar to DMPs in that they render or play content received from a DMS, but DMRs are unable to find content on the network on their own. Content must be directed to the DMR via a digital media controller (DMC), which can, for example, be a smartphone.

A combination DMP/DMR can either find a DMS on its own or be controlled by an external controller. Examples of DMRs include TVs, A/V receivers and remote speakers for music