only 2.5 years
that I wrote first time about Orb (which is called Orb MyCast now) and last
night Orb announced a milestone in its short history: more than one million
people have created accounts to use its free MyCasting software. The first
program of its kind, Orb lets users stream all their digital media - whether it
is on their home PC or on the Internet - to any remote device that has a
streaming media player and Internet connection. Anything you can "play" on your
computer, can be played on a remote computer, laptop, PDA, mobile phone or TV
using a game console.
The milestone, which comes just over 2 years after the first software release,
represents a pivotal turning point for the company and confirms increased
consumer interest in managing their digital media wherever they are and on
whatever device they choose.
"This is Orb's coming of age moment," said Joe Costello, Chairman, CEO
and Co-founder, Orb Networks. "This is a significant milestone for Orb, but
more importantly it signals acceptance by the marketplace - road warriors,
soccer moms, and college kids alike. People have their digital media on the
internet and on their computers, and they want an easy way to consume their
media, wherever and whenever they choose."
To reinforce this point, Costello said that more that Orb has served up for than
55 million media streams since its inception. 55.81 million = total media
streaming sessions since service launched while Pink Floyd, Linkin Park,
Metallica have been the top 3 artists streamed using Orb. Sports, local and
national news, and marquis TV shows such as Seinfeld, Mythbusters and Scrubs
have been the most popular TV streams. Most popular devices incudes Windows
Mobile devices like the Compaq iPaq hx4700 (1), Mitac mio8390 (2), Orange SPV
C500 (3), Motorola MPX220 (4) HTC Wizard (6). (See more usage statistics at
Michael Wolf, research director who covers the connected home and digital
media convergence for ABI Research had this to say, "Orb's surpassing of the
one million download mark shows that an increasing number of consumers are
looking to eliminate restrictions in where and when they watch their
content," said Wolf. "Since Orb's launching of their application in 2005, I
have believed the company to be innovators in the market and this milestone
is a testament to this belief."
Arne Hess (yes, that's me), Editor-in-Chief of the::unwired said services like
Orb act as the bridge to free content from the PC onto any device and that more
and more consumers are becoming aware of these types of mobile Web services.
"1 million users clearly shows that Orb is far from being something for
geeks anymore but demonstrates that personalized mobile and portable media
has became mainstream," said Hess.
Congrats Orb, live long and prosper! Orb definitely changed the way I enjoy my
personal media on my mobile devices including my Windows Mobile smartphones and
Cheers ~ Arne