Catching up with FlyCast (Droid, Recording, Video)


I spent some time with the FlyCast folks (conveniently located next to Arris/Moxi) last night at the ShowStoppers CES event, and was briefed on some of their interesting, new developments.

FlyCast, like Slacker and Pandora, streams a variety of audio to multiple platforms. Unlike those two, much of the content is radio programming (beyond just music) from around the world. And they just introduced their Droid client (above), which includes time-shifting functionality. Up to five hours to be exact. Pause, fast forward, rewind, and record programming to your mobile. You should be able to pick up the beta in the Android Market now, with the formal release to follow next month. Additionally, an iPhone app with similar local caching capabilities is currently under review and should be available within a few weeks.

Also, unlike their Slacker and Pandora counterparts, FlyCast has started to get into video content. Most is the video podcast stuff you’d expect, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they announce partner providers at a later date. Especially, given the rich, full-screen Flash application they are developing for the desktop (both photos, below left). Definitely worth keeping an eye on, as these guys are quickly morphing…

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