Introducing Cisco’s FlipShare TV

Dave Zatz —  October 29, 2009 — 5 Comments

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How I love thee, FCC, and thy never-ending bounty of product announcements. Scanning through the filings this evening, I solved the Flip remote control radiation test report mystery. After perusing the unreleased “FlipShare TV” product manual, it seems the three-piece package is a companion to Cisco’s Flip video recording devices. Previously recorded video, accessed on a computer via FlipShare software, is wirelessly streamed via the FlipShareTV USB stick (above, lower left) to the small FlipShare TV box (above top, connected to a television) and controlled via remote (above, lower right). What we don’t know is the ship date (probably soon) and pricing (probably too much). So maybe what you really want is AppleTV 3.0. Or a TiVo.

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TiVo is the only DVR that streams Netflix

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5 responses to Introducing Cisco’s FlipShare TV

  1. Further research indicates friends or relatives may also be able to share video (but still using a computer as an intermediary) and murmurs of a service fee (?), kinda reminding me of Ceiva photo frames. Hm.

    “Enter your email address and password to enable FlipShare TV® to play Flip Video Content that others have shared with you using Flip Channels”

    Also, Flip’s bread and butter has been keeping things dead simple, whereas this may be a deviation from that strategy despite their best intentions. Stay tuned.

  2. Why would we want to buy anything from the company the provides China with it’s “big brother” tools of repression? Blocking terms like democracy and human rights isn’t something I look for in a video recorder.

  3. Not all makes sense.. plus Apple still working on Apple TV software version 3.0.

  4. Huh? Flip is in a suddenly competitive simple flash-based video recorder market, and this is what they’re working on? Why would I buy this again?

    You could start a video sharing site. And make it easy for you to upload Flip video from your computer (for now, in the future over Wifi from the video camera maybe). And provide tools on the site to do things that were beyond most people, like creating a video out of multiple segments with titles and fades and all that. And you could maybe charge for this site. And this might or might not be successful. Probably wouldn’t be honestly, but hey, some people might go for it rather than paying $100 for a video program on their PCs. And you could throw hardware at it and make it run faster than anybody’s home computer would be able to do such things.

    Okay. Now, other people want to watch those videos. You make it available over the web. Probably that’s enough for a lot of people, except maybe older people. For those that it isn’t enough for you sell a box that hooks up to your TV. It doesn’t hook up to your computer. It hooks up to your TV and talks to the internet.

    This thing they’ve built here… I don’t get it.

    And seriously. Get going on gen 2 or 3 or whatever. You see those video effects on the iPod Nano? We want those. You know how that Kodak camera has image stabilization? Yeah, we want that. How about a version designed especially for sports enthusiasts? How about mounts for bicycle handlebars and ski helmets and …

    I don’t get what this thing is for…

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