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DLNA Members Get Tricky

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) announced that it has certified the first wave of products that support advanced fast-forward, re-wind and frame-by-frame playback capabilities, which are now part of its interoperability guidelines.

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DLNA Members Certify Products to Interoperability Guidelines That Now Include Mandatory “Trick Mode” Specifications

Latest Certifications Also Offer Early Look at the Advanced Playback Capabilities Of Upcoming VidiPath™ Certified Products for Viewing Subscription TV Content

News Highlights:

• Now a mandatory feature of DLNA’s interoperability Guidelines, trick modes include video fast-forwarding and rewinding plus frame-by-frame playback that is especially popular with sports content.

• In parallel, more than 20 companies are now in the process of certifying products to VidiPath Guidelines for subscription TV viewing that include the same advanced playback capabilities.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) today announced it has certified the first wave of products from its members that support advanced fast-forward, re-wind and frame-by-frame playback capabilities which are now a mandatory feature of DLNA Guidelines that enable networked devices to share pictures, music and videos. The “trick mode” specifications are also an integral feature of DLNA’s VidiPath™ Guidelines for viewing subscription TV content on multiple devices throughout the home, and are supported in the VidiPath Certification program that includes tests, golden reference devices, and a new test tool automation framework that are all provided free to DLNA members.

“We are very pleased that so many members have adopted and achieved certification for these now-mandatory trick mode features,” said Scott Lofgren, chairman and president of DLNA. “Advanced playback modes are increasingly important to consumers, especially when viewing sports and other subscription TV content. These first certifications since trick mode support became mandatory also offer another exciting sneak peak at the kinds of advanced playback capabilities users will be enjoying as VidiPath Certified products start hitting retail shelves later this quarter.”

The latest companies achieving DLNA Certification for their products with now-mandatory trick mode features include CyberLink, Fujitsu, Funai, Kyocera, LG, Panasonic, Pioneer, Samsung, Sony, Sony Mobile, and TP Vision. The Certified Products include TVs, mobile devices, DVD Blu-Ray players, tablets, AV systems, personal computers and middleware components.

About DLNA
The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a technology standards organization driven to build industry consensus to advance the interoperability of products in consumers’ connected homes. Founded in 2003 with a current membership of more than 200 companies, this unique multi-industry collaboration continues to implement an innovative set of guidelines utilized by service providers, electronics manufacturers, and software developers to provide consistent performance in a connected home environment. Consumers can share and enjoy personal content on DLNA Certified devices and subscription TV content on VidiPath Certified devices, including mobile devices, PCs, set top boxes, AV receivers, game consoles, TVs and more, regardless of manufacturer. DLNA has also created a robust certification program which tests and verifies the interoperability of products built to its standards, ensuring consumers that devices branded with the DLNA Certified and VidiPath Certified marks will successfully connect and exchange content. Additional information about the Alliance is available at Find the Alliance on Facebook at or on Twitter @DLNA.