[Proposal] Extend DLNA specifications
Benjamin Zores <ben@...>
Proposer: Benjamin Zores
Summary: Extend the DLNA specifications
Description: DLNA has become a de-facto standard for multimedia content access among Home consumers devices (TVs, NAS, SetTopBox ...).
Based on UPnP A/V specifications, the DLNA ones however limit its potential to only a very small subset of multimedia files.
As a result, many files aren't natively "DLNA-compliant" (while perfectly valid and playable) and require the server to transcode
A/V streams to be streamed. This is actually quite impossible on
embedded devices due to the impressive required CPU processing resources. See  for more details.
The idea is to get involved with DLNA Alliance to extend the existing specifications to support more profiles, mainly:
- Microsoft AVI container 
- Matroska (MKV) container 
- Ogg container and Vorbis audio codec 
- FLAC audio codec 
The project requires no development but specifications redaction and
companies support fro being accepted by DLNA Alliance members.
* libdlna, reference DLNA implementation 
This should probably take up to 2 months of writting efforts and much more for lobbying.
Tim Bird <tim.bird@...>
Benjamin Zores wrote:
Proposer: Benjamin Zores...
The idea is to get involved with DLNA Alliance to extend the existingThis was discussed at the last OSS DLNA mini-summit, in 2008.
Attendees decided it would be good, but actual progress getting
something put together to submit to DLNA was missing.
However, we can revisit the issue. I've saved this as a project
proposal idea at:
Architecture Group Chair, CE Linux Forum
Senior Staff Engineer, Sony Corporation of America