At CES we spoke with the DLNA alliance and they were very keen on the fact that they were now certifying software players as well as hardware. CyberLink have just announced one of the first players to be certified under that new process. Whilst this is a Windows based player we can only hope that CyberLink expand this approach to their Android and iOS solutions.
From the press release:
CyberLink Launches DLNA Certified Media Player for Home Network Use
Download, share and stream HD video, music and photos across your DLNA network with SoftDMA 2
London — May 9, 2011— CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) today announced the release of SoftDMA 2, the latest media player for the digital home. SoftDMA 2is DLNA v1.5 certified, enabling for streaming and sharing of digital content across a user’s home network.By automatically locating media servers connected to the home network, SoftDMA 2makes it easy to access and share video, photo, music and recorded TV programs between networked digital devices.
“SoftDMA shapes a home cloud solution by enabling the convenience to stream and play all types of media content from any DLNA-compliant device over a wireless home network,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “We are honored to be one of the first to provide a DLNA certified software solution, which makes the communication between hardware of different display standards a reality.”
With modern PCs having powerful networking capacities, their DLNA potential is determined by the type of software installed. DLNA plays an increasingly important role in enabling leading computers, consumer electronics, and mobile devices to work seamlessly together.
CyberLink SoftDMA 2provides the following features:
- Access to HD Content – Wired or wireless access to HD audio/video content (including H.264 and AAC) from home service devices.
- DTCP-IP Support – Allows users to browse and stream premium video content from DTCP-IP enabled media servers.
- DLNA Certified Digital Media Player (DMP) – Store movies, photos or music collections on a network attached storage (NAS)for display on demand on a device within the user’s home network.
- Content Downloading– Download shared content stored on a network server to your notebook with SoftDMA 2 and enjoy playback on the go.
- Compatible with Digital Media Controller (DMC) – Use your smart phone or smart device as a remote control locating files on your media server and controlling playback through SoftDMA installed on your PC.
- Operation as a Digital Media Receiver (DMR) – SoftDMA 2 works as a Digital Media Receiver (DMR), playing pictures, videos and music received from a Digital Media Controller which finds content from your media server.
SoftDMA 2 UK £ 39.99