The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) today announced that the number of DLNA Certified Blu-ray players has nearly doubled in 2010, bringing the total to 105.
DLNA member companies, including: JVC, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony have all received certification for their Blu-ray players.
The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), an industry-funded, non-profit corporation that compiles quarterly sales data on home entertainment, has been tracking the increasing popularity of Blu-ray players in the home. According to DEG, overall household penetration of Blu-ray compatible devices has now reached more than 18 million homes in the U.S. A recent Digitimes Research study found that global sales volume of Blu-ray players will increase to 40 million units in 2011 and further to 52 million units in 2012.
"DLNA Certified Blu-ray players are helping to bring new forms of entertainment to the home screen," said Donna Moore, executive director of DLNA. "As the role of the TV in the digital home evolves, consumers' expectations are changing along with it. Fifty-one Blu-ray players have become DLNA Certified since the beginning of the year, offering a level of interoperability and ability to share photos, movies and music between devices."
Devices such as Blu-ray players are no longer just devices for viewing optical media, but are becoming broadband media devices that are integrated with a number of video-on-demand services.
DLNA Certified Blu-ray players adhere to DLNA Interoperability Guidelines and have met rigorous interoperability tests. They join the more than 7,500 DLNA Certified products in a range of device categories including: personal computers, mobile devices, televisions, digital cameras, network attached storage devices and printers.