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February 20, 2013

Flingo Brings OTT, Web Apps to TiVo Premiere

By Tara Seals, TMCnet Contributor

Smart TV app producer and social TV enthusiast Flingo is integrating its LaunchPad video platform into TiVo’s (News - Alert) Premiere set-top boxes (STBs), bringing more than 70 streaming video applications to viewers' TVs for instant streaming.

In addition to the streaming video channels previously available, TiVo Premiere owners now have access to Flingo's complete portfolio of over-the-top (OTT) Web applications, including video content from TMZ, A&E, History, Showtime, TV Guide and 50+ other content partners, plus exclusive access to new content developed specifically for TiVo subscribers through the Launchpad for TiVo app.

"People are demanding access to online streaming content from the comfort of their own living room, and TiVo's offerings has evolved to support that demand," said Tara Maitra (News - Alert), senior vice president and general manager of Content & Media Sales at TiVo, in a statement. "Flingo's platform and wide range of apps makes it possible for TiVo to offer even more choices to our viewers, and we're excited to work with Flingo."

Flingo has been raising its profile of late. At CES (News - Alert) 2013, Flingo launched its new platform, Samba. Available across multiple devices, Samba automatically synchs with live TV shows, and serves as a recommendation engine for related online videos and other relevant shows. It also surfaces the social conversation surrounding the show you’re watching, and allows you to easily check-in to programs and share content with friends.

The TiVo deal expands its footprint significantly, which already stood at 8.5 million devices in 118 countries worldwide.

"TiVo changed the way we watch television forever," commented Ashwin Navin (News - Alert), CEO and co-founder of Flingo. "Working with TiVo allows us to drive further innovation into the world of TV by offering the consumer substantially more content diversity and unparalleled social features in the living room."

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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