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Market-Leading DLNA Technology Component™ Solution for Multiscreen Media Sharing on Consumer Electronics and Home Networks

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NetFront™ Living Connect is a market-leading technology, based on Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Technology Component™ solution that enables Pay TV operators and device manufacturers to quickly and efficiently implement multiroom and multiscreen services. NetFront™ Living Connect can be deployed on set-top boxes, digital TVs, home gateways, smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, network attached storage (NAS) boxes and more.

By applying NetFront™ Living Connect technology an extensive track record of successful DLNA Certified® device deployments has been achieved on a variety of consumer electronic devices offered by leading manufacturers in markets throughout the world. NetFront™ Living Connect is optimized for embedded devices and features high portability as well as flexible modularity, allows easy customization and supports almost any OS or CPU.

NetFront™ Living Connect provides all the necessary features for enabling robust media sharing devices and services for device manufacturers, content providers and naturally end-users. Furthermore, the combination of ACCESS’ NetFront™ Browser solutions and NetFront™ Living Connect provides link layer protection based on DLNA VidiPath (CVP-2) technology.

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ACCESS and Verimatrix Pay-TV Connected Home Solution whitepaper available for download

With DLNA CVP-2 Premium Video sharing and link layer protection, service providers can offer consumers the ability to stream their favorite television programs and movies to DLNA Certified® products such as digital televisions, tablets, smart phones, Blu-ray disc players and video game consoles. Verimatrix and ACCESS together meet the challenge of securing the TV Everywhere environment in order to facilitate content licensing and, ultimately, to maximize the content monetization potential and subscriber ARPU by providing a unique architecture, combining DRM and DLNA and thus bridging the pay-TV and CE universes.
Download the Pay-TV Connected Home Solution whitepaper here.

About DLNA

As a DLNA Promoter member, ACCESS plays a leading role in accelerating the launch of products that meet the advanced DLNA guidelines. Additional information about DLNA is available on the DLNA website. To view videos demonstrating DLNA use cases, please go to the DLNA video channel.


Operators & Content Owners
  • One-stop solution for operators
  • Enables cost savings by leveraging robust DLNA specs
  • Provides “follow-me” / place-shifting functionality
  • Supports Premium Content distribution using DTCP-IP Link Layer
Device Manufacturers
  • Shorter time-to-market with integration-ready Software Development Kit
  • Full-featured DLNA and home networking solution
  • Market-proven and commercially deployed
Automotive Market
  • Enables media-sharing in the car
  • Connects personal devices to car infotainment systems
  • Allows streaming of media from rear to front seat
  • Provides Authenticated access and Parental Control
  • Facilitates DLNA based application to control DTVs, set-top boxes and other devices
  • Allows photo-sharing over the local Wi-Fi® network
  • Enables immediate printing from mobile devices or DTVs without installing printer drivers


Optimized for Embedded Information Appliances

NetFront™ Living Connect was designed from its initial planning stage as an optimal solution for resource-limited embedded environments. This has been proved by porting it to a widely deployed device list, using many different OS and CPU combinations.

Security extensions for DLNA

NetFront™ Living Connect can be extended by Commercial Video Profile (CVP-2) including HTML5 Remote User Interface and DTCP-IP Content protection. Hence, based on DLNA VidiPath it enables the delivery of television programs and movies to VidiPath certified devices. Service provider can allow consumers to stream their favorite television programs and movies to Consumer Electronic devices such as Smart TV, Tablets, STB and PC’s. VidiPath is using HTML5 Remote User Interface technology to provide a consistent user experience across multiple screens. By amending additional CA/DRM technologies and extending it by ACCESS Twine™, secured media sharing across all levels of security to the latest studios’ requirements can be realized.

Linking With ACCESS Technology

NetFront™ Living Connect easily integrates with ACCESS’ NetFront™ Browser solutions and can be perfectly extended with ACCESS Twine™ Multiscreen technology to leverage the full power of a flexible and portable media solution across multiple devices e.g., from homes to cars. Hence, cloud content and social media communities can be easily integrated to the combined feature set of ACCESS’ solutions.

NetFront™ Living Connect overview

Software Development Kit (SDK) for

  • Digital Media Server
  • Digital Media Controller
  • Digital Media Player
  • Digital Media Renderer

Supported devices: Set-Top boxes (STB), digital TVs, home gateways, smartphones, tablets, network attached storages (NAS), personal computers, etc.
Operating Systems: Embedded Linux®, Google® Android, Apple® iOS™, Microsoft® Windows®, etc.

Module Diagram

NetFront Living Connect Module Diagram


Delivery Package
  • Binary or Source Code Software Development Kit (SDK)
  • Platform Independent Code
  • Sample Applications
  • Porting Layer Source Code
DLNA Device Classes
  • Digital Media Server (DMS/M-DMS)
  • Digital Media Player (DMP/M-DMP)
  • Digital Media Controller (DMC/M-DMC)
  • Digital Media Renderer (DMR)
  • Mobile Digital Media Uploader (M-DMU)
  • Mobile Digital Media Downloader (M-DMD)
  • Digital Media Printer (DMPr)
DLNA Device Capability
  • Push Controller (+PU+)
  • Upload Controller (+UP+)
  • Download Controller (+DN+)
  • Printing Controller (+PR1+), (+PR2+)
  • Remote User Interface (+RUIHPL+)
  • Remote User Interface (+RUIHSRC+)
Other Functions
  • UPnP AV Stack
  • SOAP, SSDP, HTTP (DLNA supported), Parser
  • DLNA QoS
  • Thumbnail Generation (Video, Pictures)
  • Subtitle Support
  • Auto Playlist Generation
  • Meta Data extension via External Server (e.g. Album cover)
  • Ready for Windows® 7 and 8 logo program certification for NetMedia Server
  • Compliant to Xbox® Media Player
  • “All Server” Content Aggregation
Optional Modules
  • Premium Video Profile
  • DLNA Commercial Video Profile (CVP-2)
  • DTCP-IP Link Layer Security
  • Smart Media Manager
  • Remote User Interface Module (Bundle possible with NetFront Browser)
  • CAS/DRM Integration
Open Source Modules
(Platform requirement or provided by ACCESS)

  • SQLite Library
  • XML Parser (Open Source Expat)
  • FFMPEG (LGPL) Media Format Extension (Optional)
  • IJGJPEG Library
  • Outline Manual
  • Porting Manual & Peer API Specification
  • Sample Application API Specification
  • Device Classes API Specification
Smart Media Manager (SMM)
  • High Performance Indexing
  • SQL Database
  • Meta Data Enhancements
  • Integrated WEB UI
  • Security Features (Parental Control)
  • File/Folder Sharing Settings
Media Processing Engine (MPE)
  • 120+ Media Formats
  • Video and Picture Thumbnails
  • Embedded Subtitle Support
  • Geolocation Support
Playlist support
  • .m3u, .pls, m3u8, wpl

DMS Standard Features

  • Mandatory DLNA 1.5 Profiles
  • Normal Subtitle Support
  • Full DLNA Search
  • Image Thumbnails

DMS Media Center Features

  • DMS Standard Features
  • New File Formats and DLNA profiles
  • MPE (Media Processing Engine)
  • All Image and Video Thumbnails
  • MPE Time Seek
  • Normal + Embedded Subtitles
  • Auto Playlist Generation
  • Upload/Download Capability
  • Parental Guidance
  • Web UI
Flash ROM Memory Requirements
(Example for Linux® OS)

The application footprint is dependent on the target platform and compile options. The figures below can be taken as an example for a Linux build. Figures include SQLite library, EXPAT, ijgjpeg lib, FFMPEG dynamically linked* (DMP, DMR, DMC command-line application without Mediaplayer).

Media Center*
DMC Icon +
Executable size 1.6 MB 2.0 MB 1.2 MB 1.1 MB 1007 kB 60 kB
Compressed LZMA Flash ROM size 709 kB 805kB 508kB 467 kB 416kB 46 kB

* Typically the flash requirement for FFMPEG is 2.0 MB. The actual size depends on the compile options. (A 30% variance is possible.)

RAM Memory Requirements
(Example for Linux OS)

  • SRAM is configurable
  • Recommended starting point 16MB
Smart Media Manager Memory Options
  • SQLite Interface Memory Consumption
  • Video Thumbnail Creation Swapping
  • Picture Thumbnail Creation Swapping Buffer
  • Enable/disable Formats and Codecs*
*Certain codecs require additional license agreements with IP owners (e.g. ac3, divx)

Multi Language and Embedded* Subtitles Support (Not specified by DLNA)
  • .aqt, .ass, .gsub, .idx, .jss, .mkv, .pjs, .psb, .rt, .smi, .srt, .ssa, .ssf, .sub, .ttxt, .usf
* Only part of NetFront Living Connect Media Center