ZyXEL Received DLNA Certification Using Macrovision’s Connected Platform Solution

  • Posted on: 15 April 2009
  • By: chw staff

Macrovision Solutions, a digital entertainment technology leader, announced today that ZyXEL Communications Inc. is using Macrovision’s Connected Platform solution in its Network Storage Appliance (NSA) to support Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) guidelines. By using Macrovision’s Connected Platform solution, ZyXEL can deploy advanced connectivity features to create DLNA-, Universal Plug and Play- (UPnP-) and DTCP-IP- compliant networked products that enable consumers to discover, manage and enjoy their digital media throughout the home.

Entertainment and consumer products are now being developed with cutting-edge features that surpass consumer expectations in terms of quality, display size and content capacity. However, the industry is struggling with how to connect multiple devices and simplify the management of digital content on those devices. This has heightened the role of connectivity across devices as a critical function to consumers looking to maximize use of their digital media and create a true digital home.

ZyXEL, a leading broadband access solutions provider, has chosen to champion the DLNA standard and develop devices that are DLNA-compliant for the digital home. The company selected Macrovision’s Connected Platform solution because it meets DLNA standards while offering flexible and reliable support.

Macrovision’s Connected Platform is a software development kit (SDK) provided in source code form that allows manufacturers to develop products that adhere to DLNA guidelines. The software includes a simple API that helps shorten the development cycle of a DLNA-compliant product.  This helps manufacturers conserve in-house development resources and speed time to market.

“Macrovision has shown us that they are dedicated to providing flexible and well-supported solutions to help ZyXEL’s products adhere to the latest DLNA and UPnP standards that enable the connectivity consumers are demanding from their CE devices,” said Chinru Lin, Assistant VP of Digital Home Strategy Business Unit of ZyXEL.

“We are excited to be working closely with ZyXEL as the company expands the breadth and capabilities of its digital home offerings,” said Akitaka Nishimura, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, Macrovision.  “This relationship is proof that meeting DLNA standards is now a priority for major manufacturers in the industry and not just an afterthought or nice to have – we believe it is key to the future of the connected home.”

The Connected Platform solution allows customers to implement DLNA 1.5, UPnP and DTCP-IP guidelines, which together create a secure network where consumers can transmit and play back premium commercial content. The Connected Platform SDK is designed for both digital media players and digital media servers.

About ZyXEL
ZyXEL Communications Corp., founded in 1989 and headquartered in Taiwan, is the leading provider of complete broadband access solutions. As one of the early modem manufacturers, ZyXEL has undergone many transformations in the fast-paced networking industry. Today, ZyXEL is one of the few companies in the world capable of offering complete networking solutions designed for telco, SME/enterprise and digital home users in a wide range of deployment scenarios. Telco solutions include wired and wireless access network equipments, networking customer premises equipments and carrier switches; SME and enterprise solutions consist of Unified Security Gateway, LAN Switches, WLAN, and IP telephony, while digital home solutions come in a variety of network connectivity devices and multimedia solutions.

The company has 3200 employees and countless distributors in 70 countries, reaching more than 150 regional markets. The ZyXEL Communications Corp. owns 33 subsidiaries and sales offices, as well as two research and development centers worldwide. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at http://www.zyxel.com.

About Macrovision Solutions Corporation
Macrovision Solutions Corporation is focused on providing a uniquely simple digital home entertainment experience by delivering solutions to businesses to protect, enhance and distribute digital goods to consumers across multiple channels. Macrovision’'s technologies are deployed by companies in the entertainment, consumer electronics, cable and satellite, and online distribution markets to solve industry-specific challenges and bring greater value and a more robust user experience to their customers. The result of deploying Macrovision's solutions is a simple end user experience for discovering, managing and enjoying digital content. Today, Macrovision provides connected middleware, media recognition, interactive programming guides, copy protection and rich media, data and metadata on music, games, movies and television programming. The company also operates an entertainment portal which can be found at http://www.allmusic.com. Macrovision holds over 4,000 issued or pending patents and patent applications worldwide.

Macrovision is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with numerous offices across the United States and around the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom. More information about Macrovision can be found at www.macrovision.com.

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