The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) released new Interoperability Guidelines for the playback of high-quality, premium commercial video. Announced at this week’s Connected Home Global Summit 2011 in London, the new standard addresses the increasing demand for simplified access to premium commercial content throughout the home, including movies and TV programming. Developed in conjunction with global cable, satellite and telecommunications service providers, the Interoperability Guidelines leverage DTCP-IP Protected Streaming to make service provider content more easily available for playback across myriad digital devices.

"The release of these Interoperability Guidelines is the first step in what is a key global strategic objective for DLNA over the next year," said Nidhish Parikh, chairman and president of DLNA, in a statement.

"The new DLNA Interoperability Guidelines greatly assist Time Warner Cable by defining a common method to deliver our content to various retail consumer electronics devices such as connected televisions, game consoles, Blu-ray disc players, tablets and mobile phones; all securely using DTCP/IP link protection. Throughout our footprint we continue to deploy more set-top boxes that are able to serve content to DLNA products Certified to these Interoperability Guidelines," said Mike Lajoie, CTO of Time Warner Cable, in a statement.

DLNA has worked with service providers on the delivery of digital content throughout the home since the Alliance’s inception. DLNA Interoperability Guidelines are already in place as a component of the CableLabs’ tru2way Home Networking specification and associated open source reference implementation that enables secure transfer of cable content to DLNA Certified devices.

Said Tony Werner, CTO of Comcast, in a statement: "Comcast customers with set-top boxes based on tru2way® reference implementation will be able to enjoy premium recorded content on a variety of retail DLNA devices certified to these new guidelines. This development is an important step and Comcast looks forward to continued support of new DLNA initiatives that will enable additional usage scenarios for various content services."

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