First fully interoperable products out this year


First fully interoperable products out this year

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), a 165-member consortium of consumer electronic, IT and mobile equipment manufacturers, expects the first products based on its design guidelines to be available by the end of the year.

"The manufacturers have shown immense interest in collaboration and in delivering products as quickly as possible," said Ralf Schaefer, project manager of IP video solutions in the research and development division of DLNA member Thomson.

In June, DLNA members announced a set of design guidelines, called Version 1.0, to move content among consumer electronics, PCs and mobile devices over wired or wireless networks in the home.

The specifications are seen as a key step toward creating a common foundation to build products that are fully interoperable.

The alliance expects to announce a Version 2.0 specification next year which will address sharing paid content across different digital rights management systems.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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