Flickr on your television


Dave Winer is about to release a new product, and just posted the preannoucement.

There’s a convergence between big screen high-definition televisions, and photography as an Internet based activity.

The purpose of this product is to smooth that convergence, to make it easy to set up a connection between the Internet and your television. To allow photography to come into your living room in new, powerful and easy ways.

Think of it as the networked living room and you’ll understand the vision.

Winer, a visionary software developer, played a major role in the development of blogging, RSS, and podcasting. His new product could easily be quite innovative.

Update: It’s called FlickrFan and is available now for the Mac. ReadWriteWeb says it’s a little clunky but seriously promising.

Hopefully Winer will stick with the app and make it really nice to use – it’s not there yet but the potential is big and you can feel how close it is. Podcasting News says the big picture here is that HDTV is the new platform. That sounds good to me.


  • Eminence Grise

    So it’s basically a screen saver for your HDTV, but with RSS. Not trying to sound like a jerk, but why is this a big deal?

  • The big deal, apparently, is to hook up a MacMini to your HDTV. Then, not only can you browse the web on a really big screen, you can also view your Flickr photos and those of anyone you subscribe to on TV.

    With more features coming, I’m guessing. Sometimes, as Scoble just blogged, Winer’s ideas make you scratch your head then you realize months later he was way ahead of the curve.

    So, I think it could be a big deal.

  • Review of Scoble’s FlickrFan demo last night:

  • Eminence Grise

    That’s a good point. After all, the iPod was “just” a music player when it first came out.

    The more I think about it, the more I can see why this is could be a big deal. Should be interesting to see what happens.

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