Software for for multi-media management, as well as discovery and control of capable devices over network (known as DLNA- or also UPnP-clients/servers)

DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. It's used as a brand to mark devices being inter-operable with other DLNA devices. It uses UPnP for media management, discovery and control.

A DLNA capable device can cover one or more of the following functions:

  • act as a server to provide content
  • act as a client to access a DLNA server
  • act as a control-point to deal with the two above
  • act as a media renderer (which a control-point can address to have media "played")

While the definition of DLNA is pretty lose when it comes to supported formats, most of todays apps/devices support more formats than the DLNA specification "prescribes". For details, follow up to the linked Wikipedia articles.

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