Boxee TV gets DLNA, 3-D streaming and more

Boxee TV devices can finally play videos stored on a network attached storage drive, and even receive Airplay-like streams from a mobile device, thanks to a new firmware update.

Qualcomm’s plan to win the battle for the digital home

Qualcomm Atheros is bringing the power of its Skifta DLNA Android app to routers, set-top boxes and other home gateway devices: Router manufacturers can license the Skifta Engine for their own hardware. But for Qualcomm, capturing the living room is just a first step.

Cord Cutters: Plex adds DLNA support

Good news for Plex users: The next version of the company’s media center server software will have support for DLNA devices, which brings Plex to the PS3, connected TVs and a bunch of other devices. Check out this episode of Cord Cutters for an exclusive preview.

Broadcom Brings Hulu to Any Connected TV

Want to watch Hulu on your TV set? All you need is a Wi-Fi dongle and a computer with some software supporting Broadcom’s Inconcert Maestro API. Broadcom demoed this new technology for the first time in the U.S. yesterday, and we’ve got a video of it.

Why We May Never Reach Home Network Nirvana

Wi-Fi home networks are no longer the sole domain of the tech-savvy, while more and more non-PC devices — be they game consoles or iPod touches — are connecting to the network. But while the home network has, in fact, evolved, we’re not anywhere near that utopian vision of the digital home. As any of us who have a home network can attest, half the time it feels like it’s hanging together with Band-Aids and silly putty, a temperamental creation in which devices can’t connect, the router needs rebooting, and if we’re lucky enough to make video streaming from the PC to the TV work, chances are it won’t tomorrow. In short, for all the advances of the home network, the transition to the full-fledged, seamlessly connected media network remains a distant vision. So what’s the deal? Why is the reality of the digital home so hard to achieve?

Vid-Biz: Brightcove, The Lake, Lego

Brightcove Partners with Livestream; the two companies have developed a way for customers to incorporate pre-recorded live video streams into Brightcove’s system, or use its players for new, live streams. (Contentinople)
The Lake Gets Johnson & Johnson Sponsorship; it’s reportedly a six-figure deal for the Generate show. (MediaWeek)
Lego Rejects Use of Spinal Tap Video; toy company says a UGC stop-motion video for the song “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight” can’t be part of the concert DVD. (The New York Times)

Verizon Releases DVR Updates; FiOS Media Manager connects customers’ PCs to their TVs for photo and video viewing; and customers with Net-enabled phones can now remotely manage their DVRs. (emailed release)
300 Million DLNA-Certified Components to Ship by 2012; up from 83 million last year; growth spurred by web-connected TVs. (Video Business)
Berliner Philharmoniker to Webcast 33 Concerts Live; the Digital Concert Hall series opens Aug. 28; full season subscription costs $209. (http://dch.berliner-philharmoniker.de/)