Users of the Flip line of videocameras can now wirelessly transmit home movies to their big screen TVs with the FlipShare TV set-top box, which launched today. With the release of this new box, Cisco (s CSCO), which bought the makers of the Flip line earlier this year, is targeting family video sharing in an attempt to get videos off of tiny computer screens on and on to the largest screen in the house.
We had heard rumblings of the FlipShare before, thanks to an FCC announcement, but now we’ve actually seen the device in action. As expected, there are three parts to the FlipShare TV: a box that plugs into your TV, a USB stick that plugs into your computer and a remote control.
Videos are wirelessly transmitted from your Mac or PC to the set-top box, which connects to the TV through composite or HDMI cables. You can check it out in a quick video demo after the jump.
Viewers can use the FlipShare TV to watch videos that are either stored locally on their computers or stream videos that are shared online via the Flip Channels. During a demo of the service, the playback quality for videos stored locally was excellent, and while videos watched from the web had a noticeable decline in quality, they were still quite good.
FlipShare TV works with the FlipShare 5.0 software, which was also released today. This latest version of the software includes the ability to share videos directly to iPhones as well as Android and Blackberry devices.
The FlipShare TV set-top is available starting today and sells for $150. We still need to put the FlipShare TV through its paces before fully passing judgment, but we’re still not convinced there’s a need for a standalone Flip set-top box, especially one that only shows home movies.