The number of connected devices in households is growing fast. According to The NPD Group, the number of connected devices per U.S. Internet household has grown to 5.7, up from 5.3 devices just three months ago. And Cisco predicts that the global number of connected devices is set to exceed the number of humans this year.
The consumer wants to use all these connected devices to be able to interact so that content can be accessed on any device anywhere and anytime. What we’ve seen so far is that operators have launched piecemeal content sharing, for example for the PC or iOS devices. What the industry now needs to do is to deliver complete solutions that provide a one-stop-shop for all multiscreen requirements. Not only does this mean creating a service that works on every screen, it also means delivering advanced and compelling UIs that answer the needs of today’s consumer and also protect and enhance the operators brand.
Fortunately the combination of DLNA and HTML5 provides a powerful and simple route to providing playability and interoperability on almost all devices. An added bonus in the US is that DLNA is the first connectivity solution to receive FCC validation as a suitable industry standard for cable operators that need to meet the FCC mandate for IP connectivity.
This means that operators using our solutions can meet important regulatory requirements and at the same time deploy exciting, next generation TV-centric multiroom and multiscreen services that are secure, and interoperable with other systems.
If you have any comments, thoughts, opinions, or concerns surrounding the multiscreen industry we’d love to hear from you!
Global Product Director, Connected Home