Flickr Central for TiVo's Home Media Engine lets you view Flickr photos on your television.
More and more, we share digital versions of the pictures we take. While it's easy to pass around printed photos in any setting, showing digital photos to friends and family can be trickier. Most computers are set up for one user at a time, and it's not always easy to crowd a bunch of people around the monitor.
However, our televisions are almost always set up to accommodate a good number of comfortable viewers. And if you've already joined the digital television age with TiVo, with a bit of setup you can browse Flickr photos on your TV.
Flickr on TV is possible thanks to TiVo's release of the Home Media Engine (HME), a way for outside developers to create little programs that run on TiVo. Developers have created games, weather applications, and even RSS readers that you can use through your TV. The HME system uses your home PC to run the applications and a home network to transfer data, and the TiVo displays the applications on your television.
To run HME, you'll need a TiVo Series 2 that's connected to your home network. If you're using the phone line to update your program data, you'll need to add a network adapter to your TiVo setup. You'll find a list of compatible adapters at http://customersupport.tivo.com/knowbase/root/public/tv2006.htm. Figure 3-31 shows a TiVo Series 2 with a Linksys WUSB12 wireless network adapter.
Figure 3-31. A Series ...