Certified DLNA (Digital Living Alliance) VidiPath devices will be used in 40 percent of U.S. cable TV households that subscribe to advanced services by 2016 and 70 percent by 2020, according to a new report from ABI Research. Based on a common set of industry guidelines DLNA VidiPath “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.”
More than 200 leading companies are DLNA members, including Arris, Broadcom, the CableLabs R&D organization, Comcast, Dolby, Intel, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Wox. DLNA guidelines “will play a key role in supporting new service delivery models, cutting deployment costs while meeting evolving consumer expectations,” ABI states in a press release.
A Bullish VidiPath Forecast
ABI adds that VidiPath has the potential to reach 100 percent penetration among U.S. households subscribing to advanced cable services as soon as 2017 “if additional capabilities are added in the coming years.
“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,” Sam Rosen, ABI Research practice director, was quoted as saying.
“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.”