DLNA the alternative to Apple’s AirPlay

 

By Posted 25 May 2011, 12:06

If you want to stream content around your home but don’t have access to any of Apple’s devices there are other ways to achieve this. Today we can tell you about a service called DLNA which is the alternative to Apple’s AirPlay.

Joe Cox from What Hi-Fi is reporting that if you want the capability to stream images, movies and music around your home the Digital Living Network Alliance may be the answer. Also many consumers may have devices already around the home which have DLNA available. Many devices such as Blu-ray players, TVs, and smartphones have the facility built in without owners realizing.

DLNA wants to emerge from Apple’s shadow with its partners and products to show consumers the alternative when streaming content around the home. DLNA is a collection of over 200 companies which wants to make sharing content between devices simple. Two or more of any DLNA devices can share content via your home network.

Products from the likes of Panasonic, Nokia, Onkyo, Samsung, and even the PS3 are DLNA certified to allow content to be sent around your home. By 2014 the number of DLNA certified devices is expected to reach two billion, with 11,000 products already on the DLNA list. Compare that to the amount of products that support AirPlay and you see a major difference.

You can get a free application which provides all the devices that support DLNA, and is available for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS devices. There is also software available to upgrade some devices that are not already DLNA certified.

Do you have many DLNA certified devices?

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