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SERVICE: Orb drops subscription service fee for consumers
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 29.03.05 - 17:28:27 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 9057x
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Do you remember my preview of Orb which lets you access your home media files from virtually any PC, Pocket PC or Smartphone around the world? Today Orb Networks, Inc. announced the company's groundbreaking streaming media software, Orb Media, will now be free to all users. Orb's software and service gives consumers the ability to spontaneously access their live TV, music, photos, videos, and other digital content located on their home PC from virtually any Internet-enabled device, from anywhere in the world, and now provides that service without adding any new monthly fees for new and current customers. Additionally, Orb has added a new Photo Sharing service to its solution allowing customers to share all of their selected photos with friends and family at any time.

Orb's mission is to provide consumers with the easiest, most innovative way to access their digital home media files wherever they are. The Orb solution is available to the millions of Windows XP operating system and Windows XP Media Center Edition users in the United States and is now made even more convenient for users to access their digital worlds by providing Orb Media absolutely free.

Orb is aggressively forming strategic partnerships with content providers and consumer electronic companies. These partnerships will provide Orb with a sustained commerce stream through co-marketing relationships and transactions for music, video, audio and other services.

"By eliminating subscription fees, Orb eliminates the final barrier between consumers and their digital media," said Jim Behrens, CEO, Orb Networks. "The allure of ?anytime, anywhere' access to one's digital world has proven to be exceptionally compelling to Orb subscribers thus far. In our view, a free Orb service will exponentially increase our value proposition for those customers -- and millions of new customers as well."

The strategic partnerships Orb is forming not only will make this shift possible, but will drastically expand Orb's content offerings over time. As such, Orb continues its evolution into one of the most innovative and consumer-friendly digital media companies ever."

Orb's new Photo Sharing service offers customers a complete digital media portal where they can simply choose any of their favorite photos and send them to one or many of their friends and family for free viewing. The sharing feature is especially inviting for users to extend their digital world for others to see.

"Digital environment technology is a competitive field, and one that is ripe for growth," said Tim Bajarin, Principal Analyst, Creative Strategies. "That said, vendors need to focus not only on the viability and innovation of their technology, but on fostering a consumer-friendly business model, as well. Companies that can master both worlds stand the greatest chance for early customer growth and long-term success."

Orb Media is available to download now at www.orb.com. After downloading the application, customers only need to complete a five-minute installation procedure and they are ready to use any Internet-connected device to view live TV, digital photos, videos or listen to MP3 music files stored on their home PC.

That's indeed good news since it saves me some bucks at all. And I'm still impressed about the service Orb offers (now for free) which provides a complete new mobile media experience on my Notebook (abroad) as well as on my Pocket PC!

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by lvermont on 23.06.05 - 06:48:47

I tried this out today and it's the best thing since the media center extender big_smile. It's go good that a friend of mine is considering to not get a media center extender and just use a wirless laptop displaying the content on TV, and with multimedia speakers for sound.
PDA viweing was choppy depending on the movement and the slowness of the cable upstream bandwidth and mostly due to slow GSM speeds around 45kbits per sec on the pda. Oh and viewing content on your web cam is also great. I'll add another web cam and get additonal views.

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