What is the status of DNLA?


  1. TV2
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    What is the status of DLNA?


    In Windows 10 the Libraries are hidden by default and the DLNA Server is off by default ("Turn On Media Streaming").
    It is as if Microsoft is moving away from DLNA.

    Is this because of fears associated with copyright and Digital Rights Management issues?

    Or is DLNA a dying technology and is being replaced by something new?
    If something new, what is it?
    Last edited by TV2; 09 Jan 2018 at 10:20. Reason: Damned Lexdexia
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  2. Posts : 809
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    It's "DLNA."

    Hasn't the server always been disabled by default? I use a different DLNA server and don't recall ever needing to disable the Windows one. It would be a pretty horrible design to expose your libraries over LAN by default.
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  3. TV2
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    PolarNettles said:
    It's "DLNA."
    Noted. Changed.
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  4. TV2
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    So is DLNA still the defacto standard for sharing digital media among multimedia devices?
    Are there any alternative systems?
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    Yes, we're pretty much stuck with DLNA. The best alternative is AirPlay :)
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  6. Posts : 2,313
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    DLNA is not a technology or system as such, it's a set of standards to try and ensure various bits of hardware work together.
    https://spirespark.com/dlna/certification

    Media Servers off by default is how most would like it, I suspect.
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  7. TV2
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    Thanks all.
    I'm looking into upgrading parts of my entertainment system and looking at various options. I haven't been paying attention for a while.

    At first glance it seems that the public is moving more toward a subscription / pay-to-view model when it comes to home media players like the Roku, which doesn't even do local content streaming unless you add an app to do so.
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