PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) today released results from an ABI Research study on the anticipated impact of VidiPath Certified devices for subscription TV service delivery to interoperable devices. ABI is projecting that VidiPath Certified devices will be available in approximately 40 percent of all U.S. cable households that subscribe to advanced services by 2016, and 70 percent by 2020. If additional capabilities are added in the coming years as VidiPath continues to evolve, ABI anticipates its adoption among the advanced cable service footprint could grow to 100 percent by 2017.
“VidiPath is a flexible, standards-based technology and Certification program that, together, are unifying media service and user experience delivery to customer owned and leased devices through cable, satellite, and broadband IP networks,” said Sam Rosen, practice director for ABI Research. “The VidiPath program is expected to yield significant service delivery savings while improving the user experience, as it establishes a unified technology platform for mobile and multiscreen services, allows for the elimination of STBs, simplifies remote diagnostics, and fosters new choices of DLNA-Certified retail devices. Down the road, VidiPath has the potential to enable new cloud-based deployment models from both traditional operators as well as Over-the-Top providers, helping to pave the way for TV Everywhere delivery.”
According to the ABI report, VidiPath delivers benefits to operators including providing a unified technology platform for content discovery and protection that reduces STB capital expenses while enabling them to enhance and retain control of the user experience. It also facilitates various value-added deployment scenarios while simplifying licensing requirements and regulatory compliance. The Guidelines benefit consumer electronics manufacturers by enabling a single software stack to support all participating operators, while ensuring connectivity of customer-purchased CE devices. VidiPath may also help drive opportunities for joint marketing promotion and recurring revenue streams between service providers and CE manufacturers. Consumers also benefit from VidiPath, through the ability to access Pay TV services on a wide variety of screens, including Smart TVs and tablets, so they can experience HD quality video throughout the home.
“DLNA continues to address the evolving requirements of today’s digital lifestyle,” said Scott Lofgren, president of DLNA. “The ABI Research study validates our progress with VidiPath to date and the program’s potential for significant growth and market impact, and identifies a number of important new opportunities for the organization to continue its work.”
DLNA’s VidiPath Certification Program enables consumers to use TVs, smartphones, PCs and tablets to seamlessly view subscription TV content throughout the connected home using VidiPath browsers that automatically discover and execute service provider applications. Developed with broad industry participation from service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers, the VidiPath Certification program is the industry’s first for HTML5 and other provider-requested, industry-standard technologies for content protection, authentication, remote diagnostics, network power save and adaptive delivery. Operators are expected to launch VidiPath services during the second and third quarters of 2015, with VidiPath product certifications and retail availability following shortly thereafter.
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 www.dlna.org. Find the Alliance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dlnacertified or on Twitter @DLNA.
DLNA’s leading member companies include ARRIS, AwoX, Broadcom, CableLabs, Comcast, Dolby Laboratories, Intel, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.