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  1. DLNA 4.0: A Look Under the Hood

    The Digital Living Network Alliance's latest guidelines, DLNA 4.0 , address a top consumer headache: media format incompatibility between PCs, TVs, and mobile devices. By mandating transcoding on the media server, the new requirements should result in a more satisfying experience with a reduction in failed playback messages. "Consumers will be able to buy products that they know will work together to the highest levels of compatibility while supporting the latest high-definition media formats and energy-saving features," said Duncan Bees, VP technology and strategy, DLNA. Specifically, the server will make available mandatory or common denominator formats. The server will recognize if a device does not support a particular optional format and will transcode the file to the more basic one if needed. A second feature of DLNA 4.0 is playback robustness. If a problem occurs during the process of rendering content between devices in the home, there will be backup procedures to allow the server to re-engage and resend the content again. "If the server selected an initial media element that couldn't be rendered properly, it will back up and go to different elements that would use a lower resolution codec, for example," Bees said. "It is about making the process more error resilient." DLNA 4.0 also will make some of the metadata associated with UP&P available to devices. This information deals with content discovery and the support of audio and video interactions. "This will allow more information about the type of content being rendered (through to) the devices," Bees said. Additionally, there are service-provider-friendly features, including support for IPv6 and Layer 2 and Layer 3 diagnostics. The TR-069 link could retrieve information about the state of connections in the home between the gateway and devices. "Diagnostics are becoming key," Bees said. "They can help manage service calls. The quicker a service provider can resolve an issue, the better." On the energy efficiency side, with DLNA 4.0 consumer devices will be able wake each other up from sleep mode. The device also could act as a proxy for another device. "If there is a network interaction, or another type of device wanted to discover the TV, (for example) as a playback device, it could do so via the proxy," Bees said. The DLNA 4.0 guidelines have been submitted for adoption as an international standard by the International Electrotechnical Commission, which has published the previous iterations of DLNA.

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    Tue, 26 Jul 2016

  2. A Heaping Helping of Streamed Sports

    By Ron Hendrickson - Not everyone likes watching sports, but those who do really do. And nowhere is that appetite more apparent than in the world of streaming video.

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    Mon, 18 Jul 2016

  3. CDN Market Going Gangbusters

    According to Future Market Insights, the global content delivery network (CDN) market is anticipated to grow at a year-over-year rate of ...

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    Thu, 7 Jul 2016

  4. DLNA 4.0 Available

    The Digital Living Network Alliance's latest guidelines, DLNA 4.0, for streaming personal content in the home are now available for download ...

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    Wed, 29 Jun 2016

  1. Akamai: Q1 Internet Speeds Up 12%, 23% YoY

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    Wed, 29 Jun 2016

  2. 4 Years of IPv6: More, Bigger, Faster, Better

    By Monta Monaco Hernon - The beginning of June marked the four-year anniversary of World IPv6 launch, which was intended to create ...

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    Tue, 28 Jun 2016

  3. 8 Billion Internet-Connected Devices Worldwide

    According to IHS (NYSE:IHS), as of year-end 2015, the world now contains 8.1 billion Internet-connected smartphones, tablets, personal ...

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    Mon, 13 Jun 2016

  4. Cisco Predicts Near-Tripling of IP Traffic by 2020

    According to the Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) "Visual Networking Index (VNI) Complete Forecast for 2015 to 2020," global IP traffic will nearly ...

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    Thu, 9 Jun 2016

  5. ZeeVee Demos IP Video Distribution

    At InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas, ZeeVee is demonstrating its new video distribution solutions, the ZvMXE, ZyPerMX and ZyPer4K CATx with ...

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    Thu, 9 Jun 2016

  6. NetCologne Selects ARRIS Gateways

    German telecommunications and cable provider NetCologne has selected ARRIS' (NASDAQ:ARRS) Touchstone TG2492 Gateway to support ...

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    Wed, 8 Jun 2016

  7. DVEO Gets IP Video Patent

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for DVEO's DOZER Selective Repeat ARQ (Automatic Repeat Request) technology ...

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    Mon, 6 Jun 2016

  8. Akamai: Global Average Web Speed Up 23%

    According to Akamai Technologies ' (NASDAQ:AKAM) "Fourth Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report," global average Internet ...

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    Tue, 22 Mar 2016

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