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Why Smart TVs Spurn DLNA: Evil Plot to Charge Tolls?

Why Smart TVs Spurn DLNA: Evil Plot to Charge Tolls? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Experts discuss smart TVs at CEA Forum; Is DLNA underutilized because of support issues or do vendors want to extract more revenue from customers?

Why won’t connected TVs connect? Some of the brightest minds in the smart TV category discussed the subject last month at the CEA Industry Forum in the Technology & Standards track... Smyers and the panelists agreed that the smart TV thing isn’t working so great these days. “It’s challenging today,” said iLook's Redford, who lamented the multiple user interfaces and the challenge of switching between apps. “Today, video-on-demand through apps on the TV is not an easy thing to do,” he said. “Most people are not able to successfully connect it up and watch it by using their [TV’s] own app. An app on the iPhone can do it much more easily.” There ensued a heated discussion about developing standards for smart TVs, when someone chimed in: “There is one: DLNA.”...

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New DLNA guidelines, same old promises about tru2way and streaming from the cable box

New DLNA guidelines, same old promises about tru2way and streaming from the cable box | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The latest set of Interoperability Guidelines from the Digital Living Network Alliance have been released and the group claims the new standard has been developed with the blessing of global cable, satellite and telecom TV services and will let people stream content more easily around the home. Ideally, this means we'll see cable boxes that pop up just like any other DLNA server on the network, and can stream to the numerous other devices that support the standard and DTCP-IP protected content. We've already seen demonstrations of tru2way boxes with DLNA servers built in, and this press release trots out execs from CableLabs, Comcast, Time Warner, and Cox to talk about how awesome it is (again, just like they did at the 2010 CES) and how it will make their services better. Of course, the last six months have shown some progress in the areas of video sharing at home and abroad, but we'll need to see some real implementations and not just teasers before we're sure it's really coming home this time.
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Apple May Lose To Android In Device-Based Media Management

Apple May Lose To Android In Device-Based Media Management | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

For Apple iPhone and iPad owners with an Apple TV, the AirPlay function is one of those you-have-to-see-this gadget showcases. A tap of an icon on a device sends the current video, audio or slide show playing on the AirPlay-ready compatible IOS app to your big-screen TV or home theater. Cool -- if you have the requisite Apple-certified hardware. Android owners don't get such an easy path to media-sharing goodness.

But an open DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) standard is emerging among all the other hardware makers that might give Android the upper hand here. In a new report from IMS Research, the mobile analysts see device-based media management as the next big living-room thing -- and it may leave Apple behind.

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