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Windows 7 boosts UPnP, DLNA

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:interoperability? DLNA? UPnP? media sharing?

In-home media sharing will get easier as more devices feature support for DLNA and UPnP, following the lead of Windows, market analyst In-Stat reports. The firm forecasts shipments of DLNA-enabled devices will surpass a billion units by 2014, up from a few hundred million in 2009. They report that attached rates for UPnP are also growing and will slightly exceed those of DLNA.

UPnP lets devices from multiple vendors communicate with each other. DLNA takes this further, building on UPnP to provide interoperability of media across different devices.

However, Norm Bogen, analyst, In-Stat, notes that "While UPnP and DLNA are seeing increased adoption and unit shipments, it may take several years before large numbers of consumers use the technology." He adds that "The number of consumers who realize they have this functionality and understand its implications continues to be very low."

Recent research by In-Stat found that handsets, PCs and DTVs will account for 74 percent of the DLNA market. Also, over 85 million DLNA-enabled Blu-Ray players/recorders will ship in 2014. And digital media controllers will make up the smallest volume of UPnP shipments as digital media servers and digital media players account for the largest growth area.

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