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Orb launches first streaming TV service for smartphones

updated 09:10 am EDT, Mon July 18, 2011

Orb launches premium TV service for smartphones

Orb Networks has launched what it says is the first service to provide free streaming of premium online TV content to smartphones. To get access to the service, users need only make a one-off purchase of the OrbLive app, which costs $10. When launched, users can then stream ad-supported content from Hulu, ABC, CBS, Fox and ESPN directly to their smartphone.

Users can now access full TV show episodes on their mobile phone, which until now, could only be viewed in a user's computer web browser. In addition, users can also access movies from services including Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand through the OrbLive app, all without any subscription fees.

Orb CEO Joe Costello also claims that the OrbLive app and streaming service has dramatically improved the quality of streaming video so that it optimizes video for the user's connection speed.

"As the As the connection moves up and down in quality, the video adjusts in real time to deliver the best picture and minimize the dreaded buffering so users always have access to their TV shows, movies and music," Costello said.

The new version of OrbLive for the iPhone is available immediately. Android users will have to wait a short while to mid-August before the app will be available in the Android Market.




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  1. facebook_Gary

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    Oh, do your homework...

    First:

    "In addition, users can also access movies from services including Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand through the OrbLive app, all without any subscription fees."

    Should read "without an ADDITIONAL subscription."

    You can't watch Netflix or Amazone VOD for free, folks, you can only re-stream the subscription you already pay for, so its not exactly free. And, let's not get into the User Agreements that dis-allow you from re-transmitting or re-transcoding content...

    Second, have you read the reviews or tested the product?

    "streaming service has dramatically improved the quality of streaming video so that it optimizes video for the user’s connection speed. "

    User reviews on all platforms clearly indicate the product is not currently of great quality. While I have been a big Orb fan in the past, this version is not ready for prime time.

    I'll just stop my rant here an encourage your readers to do their homework, and to not consider your reproducing of a Press Release as anything close to actual journalism.

  1. Sebastien

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    Joined: Apr 2000

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    Beware of Orb

    They've been known to 'discontinue' past apps (like Orb Media), without offering any other alternative than to buy another, more expensive app of theirs.

    I can only conclude they'll be doing the same with this app in short time.

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