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DLNA clearly matters for consumers. Our media is stored all over, across a spectrum of devices, and the ability to access it seamlessly is an important commodity. But DLNA also matters for developers and distributors. It offers:
- Ready-made infrastructure for interoperability
- Software foundation for more extensive customization (including a standard UI)
- A way to stream protected content between devices
To offer consumers the interoperability they want–and increasingly expect–products have to fit into a larger infrastructure. One way to create this infrastructure is through high levels of control. Apple, for example, manages the details of each piece of hardware and software in its products, making them work together seamlessly.
Most consumers, though, have some non-Apple products. And most product developers don’t have the control Apple does.This is where DLNA can be remarkably helpful. Programmers and product developers can rely on DLNA as a ready-made infrastructure. If their product uses DLNA, it will be compatible with other DLNA products consumers already own. Developers can build off this infrastructure without having to develop the entire system from scratch, and consumers can buy various pieces of technology with confidence that they’ll work together.
For app developers, DLNA forms a consistent foundation of compatibility that can be customized as needed. Our expertise in this area is obviously focused around our Avia app. The Avia developers integrated and enhanced DLNA technology to form the basis of the app. From there, they were able to customize each type of interaction so that users always see the same UI and can apply the same functions, regardless of what type of system they are accessing. This let us build an app that vendors proliferate across their products, but still provides a consistent UI and feature set.
Streaming EVERYTHING Matters
Finally, the upcoming DLNA CVP-2 guidelines unlock access to premium content from service providers and can be integrated into many different DLNA enabled devices. Consumers can stream encrypted content between devices with this technology, and service providers maintain some control over how their content is viewed on different devices. As second screens (and third, fourth, and fifth screens) proliferate, users expect to be able to watch anything, anywhere. DLNA, especially with CVP-2, is a big step toward making this happen.