DLNA launches certification program for devices supporting subscription TV

By jimoneill

AMSTERDAM — The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) at IBC2014 today launched its VidiPath certification program for retail products supporting subscription TV.

The VidiPath Certification program draws on expertise from more than a decade of interoperability testing that the organization has performed on more than 25,000 device models, enabling more than 3 billion devices to share personal content on many types of devices in the home.

The guidelines were developed through a close collaboration between service providers and consumer electronics (CE) product manufacturers, and more than 15 companies have already begun pre-testing their products to prepare for certification.

We are extremely pleased to be launching the VidiPath Certification Program, and applaud service provider and CE members for developing the consumer-friendly VidiPath brand name that will simplify product shopping and selection as Certified devices become available later this year,” said Scott Lofgren, chairman and president of DLNA. “Consumers will know that VidiPath Certified products can stream and play subscription TV content on multiple, interoperable home devices, and their providers will use the VidiPath brand name to identify services that can be enjoyed on these Certified devices.”

One of the key issues here is that the new program helps establish a standard for delivering TV services to an array of devices, something the FCC has focused on.

“With their choice of a consumer brand for devices that successfully complete the certification process, North American cable operators have signaled their intent to quickly adopt VidiPath,” said Brett Sappington, director of research for Parks Associates. “They have also shown their interest in working with consumer electronics manufacturers to create a vibrant ecosystem of interoperable products for subscription TV viewing in the home.”

As part of the program, subscribers will be encouraged to look for the new brand name, VidiPath, when shopping for retail devices that deliver service providers’ full viewing experience on many different screens in home.

DLNA is demonstrating products supporting its VidiPath Guidelines and will be sharing more details about its certification and branding programs during IBC in Booth #L22, Content Everywhere Hall at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition & Convention Centre.

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