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Flingo makes it possible to bring web videos to any connected Vizio TV, thanks to a new open source library that can be integrated into any web site. Flingo CEO Ashwin Navin, formerly of BitTorrent Inc., recently stopped by our office to demonstrate the project.

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Ever wondered what happened to Ashwin Navin, the former president of BitTorrent? We didn’t really know either, until he stopped by our office the other day, carrying a brand-new Vizio flat screen TV. Navin recently founded a startup called Flingo that’s dedicated to bringing online video to connected TVs, and the company launched an interesting open source initiative this month.

Flingo has been producing white-label TV apps for content partners like Showtime, TMZ, Revision3 and Next New Networks. Have you recently bought a Vizio connected TV? Then you might have noticed an app called “web videos” on there. That’s Flingo, and it can be used to access a variety of content from their partners.

Earlier this month, Flingo opened up this app to everyone, complete with a very neat way to bridge the gap between web and TV. Want your web video on TV? Then all you need to do is go to Flingo.org and get a few lines of embed code to put on your web site, and owners of a Flingo-enabled TV set will be able to send your video to their TV with one click.

There’s also an API available if you want to do this for multiple videos. Flingo even has a GPL-licensed desktop application to showcase their API to other software developers, making it possible to integrate the project into media players and other pieces of software. “I think the developers are going to do some amazing things with this,” said Navin.

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  1. i guess this refers to this application on Vizio:
    http://www.hdtvsolutions.com/VIZIO_XVT473SV_LCD_HDTV_Review.htm

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  2. Figures Ashwin would be ahead of the connected TV industry. Too bad TVs will never let BitTorrent clients in but I’m excited to see what content Flingo will bring to my Vizio. We’re surely destined to see IPTV take over cable much like cable eliminated broadcast…only this switch will happen in a tenth of the time. Good luck, Ashwin. Can’t wait to see your apps.

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  3. I was going to buy a Panasonic Viera, but I think Ill give Vizio a try. Very innovative, but I am not surprised being that it is coming from Mr. Navin. I am excited to use the technology. I think its a great concept and would be quite useful. I have a 6 year old who already knows how to search YouTube as proficiently as I do, so I can see this technology being valuable to many. Congrats!

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  4. I checked out the site flingo.org and flung the video to my Vizio TV. I like how it works in any browser. It even worked from my iphone without any installation or anything.

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  5. I really enjoyed working on this project with Ash and the team, thanks guys ! I believe it is going to open up many new possibilities in how we interact with media we like and the devices we own. I can definitely see “Fling” being capable of much more than just sending a video to my tv from a mobile device or browser. Being able to fling entire seasons of a show or a favorites list from YouTube would be amazing… I can’t wait to see what kinds of ideas other developers come up with using this OS platform.

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  6. Looks exciting. Can’t wait to see what this platform goes in the future!

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  7. [...] Aber Whitcomb (MySpace) are all serial entrepreneurs and CEOs of their own new startups (NewTeeVee wrote about Navin’s yesterday). The incubator takes 8 percent of a company’s common stock in [...]

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  8. This is quite exciting. I bought my TV just back in March and really couldn’t understand why my Samsung TV with the ethernet cable is so not integrated with the internet and with limited options in terms of applications.
    Can’t wait to see how this integration and standardization going to play in 2011. There is definitely a great opportunity and trend here, not surprise that Ashwin’s come back is something BIG. Looking forward to follow what’s coming next.

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  9. [...] Aber Whitcomb (MySpace) are all serial entrepreneurs and CEOs of their own new startups (NewTeeVee wrote about Navin’s yesterday). The incubator takes 8 percent of a company’s common stock in [...]

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  10. This is such a great idea. I am going to buy a web-connected TV for this feature. I can’t wait to fling stuff onto my TV for my parents to watch.

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