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CDN as DLNA server: ACCES unveils vision for digital home

ACCESS has been describing how Pay TV operators can start to combine their broadcast/VOD infrastructure with multiscreen/OTT delivery infrastructure, optimizing the delivery of content to multiple devices around the home.

At the hub of this vision is the Netfront Living Connect DLNA stack and client software, which provides a central view of what each device is capable of and what is happening on them at present, enabling effective management of whole-home resources.

Thereby if a tablet requests some HD content from the DVR hard drive, the DLNA stack will understand, from its integration with the operator CA system, that they can only watch it in standard definition, while if it transpires that two other householders are already streaming from the DVR gateway and there is no local transcoding capacity left, the first request can be routed to the Internet and SD content will be streamed to the tablet from the broadband cloud instead.

ACCESS and Alcatel-Lucent Velocix, which provides operator CDN solutions, have been working together to ensure that DLNA can be used to discover content that is stored in the Internet as well as content that is stored on devices around a home. Now the CDN can be treated as another DLNA server.

“With DLNA a client can see content on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) and a PC or any other DLNA device in the home,” says Paul Larbey, President of the Video Business Unit at Alcatel-Lucent, “ so why not extend that concept back into the network and use DLNA to discover Pay TV content that is in the cloud, rather than just content in the home?”

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