The HomePNA home networking wiring standard made another move forward as the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) plans to incorporate its technology into its Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines.
A number of prominent consumer electronics makers (computers and wireless phones), automotive and silicon industry have developed interoperable products that can run over a home network.
While service providers have made continual progress in ensuring ease of installation for new services like IPTV, there's still a lot of work to be done to make it plug and play for the consumer and the installation technician.
Traditional service providers such as AT&T (NYSE: T) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), both advocates of HomePNA to deliver their respective U-verse and Prism IPTV services, have long argued that their main pain point has been the installation process at the home.
Michael Weissman, president of HomePNA, said that "HomePNA believes that DLNA Certified HomePNA products will help drive additional reductions in IPTV installation and operating costs, saving time and money for service providers and increasing customer satisfaction."
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