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  Control Your Media Devices From Anywhere in World
  Watch your home TV live from anywhere in the world? It's possible claims Orb Networks. They just announced the beta launch of its new service that provides a simple way for consumers to view, hear and control all kinds of their digital content from virtually any Internet-enabled device, from anywhere in the world. Orb's new beta solution provides spontaneous access to a person's music, live television, videos, photos and other digital content from any device that can connect to the Internet, such as a cell phone, PDA, or notebook, allowing users to create their own "personal media portal."

Orb Networks software allows users to select and manage their digital content and supports the requirements of virtually all digital rights management schemes. Users are ultimately responsible for utilizing Orb software responsibly and in compliance with copyright law and any applicable restrictions imposed by their service and/or content providers.

What you need:

  • Home PC. Customers with a home PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition with TV tuner can have access to all Orb media functionality, including live TV
  • Broadband connection. Anybody with a high-speed Internet connection can spontaneously access all of their home media on-the-go
  • An Internet-connected device. With Orb, digital content can be viewed from virtually all existing browsers and Internet-enabled hardware devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, laptops or remote computers.

What you can do:

The wireless industry knows that home media is the next frontier in digital innovation. Orb Networks extends this rapidly growing industry by providing the user a "killer application" to access the entertainment they care about

  • Live TV. Watch your home TV from anywhere in the world. See your favorite shows on your cell phone or laptop from your hotel room or while on vacation. Your TV goes where you go
  • Videos & recorded TV. Enjoy downloaded movies and home videos no matter where you are. Schedule and record your favorite TV shows on your PVR and watch them whenever and wherever you want
  • Music and radio. Listen to your MP3 collection and favorite Internet radio stations at the gym, in the car, or at the beach. Now you have one easy interface to listen to all of your music from any cell phone Web browser, anywhere in the world
  • Photos. Storing and viewing photos is a snap. Show off all of your photos, everywhere you go. And, send photos right from your camera phone to your home photo library. Just point and shoot. Orb does the rest
  • Web info: weather, news, stocks and more. Anything you want to know is at your fingertips. Weather, headlines, driving directions. All you have to do is ask
  • And so much more. Home security, nanny cam, and much more. Your digital content goes with you everywhere you go. With the rich and scalable Orb architecture, the possibilities are limitless.

In addition to offering its services via the Orb Web site, the company is also working with a number of different content providers/creators, wireless carriers, electronic distributors and consumer electronic companies to offer Orb as part of their packaged solutions. Orb's robust architecture is secure, efficient and flexible, making it easy to support partner's current and future hardware devices and standards and grow with the expanding digital marketplace. Details of these partnerships will be released in the coming months.

Orb Networks' Media Software beta, the first "personal media portal", is available free of charge through a download from the company's Web site for customers with Windows XP Media Center Edition. Beta customers will have the opportunity to sign-up for the Orb service prior to the 1.0 solution general availability launch in January 2005 and receive two months of free service. Subsequently, the service will be available starting at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year for the first user. Additional users per account (up to five) start at $3.99 per month/per user or $29.99 per year/per user.

      Posted by: Agitator!!, November 24, 2004, 4:02 pm  

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