I personally do not have a soft spot for proprietary standards, but that does not really matter to huge corporations who, from time to time, want to roll out a proprietary format so that you will remain their loyal customer at all times. Well, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), HomePlug Powerline Alliance and HD-PLC Alliance today announced that DLNA has given its nod of approval for both HomePlug AV and HD-PLC Powerline networking standards to be incorporated into the next version of its Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines. So far, the Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines is being lined up for an early 2012 release, although we have yet to get a sniff ot it yet.
For the layperson, just what does this mean? The approval basically enables HomePlug AV certified products to inter-operate with one another, where DLNA just functions as an application layer so that one is able to share photos, videos and music in a jiffy. With the ability for DLNA-certified Powerline networking devices to work with one another, you need not have to purchase the same brand for use in the whole household. More power to the consumer!