Posted on 07 November 2009.
Company Orb Networks has launched a Windows and Mac compatible streaming media software product.
Orb is completely free and allows you to access not only iTunes content, but any video, music, or photos on your system’s hard drive and stream it to just about any device on the Internet.
Setting up Orb is simple. Download Orb for either Mac or Windows.
Start the installation and Orb asks for your account information. If you don’t have an account, you can set one up during the install.
Orb indexes your iTunes content automatically, but if you have more media to add, then used the advanced tab to specify for folders.
Once Orb has indexed all your content, you can close the installation wizard and login to mycast.orb.com to further configure your streaming, channels, and playlists.
Now that Orb is setup, you can use any browser on your network, a friends house, your iPhone, Blackberry, Xbox, Wii, or PS3 to receive content from your media library.
Check it out for yourself at Orb.com.
Posted in Internet, Networking, Software Tools, Web Browsing
Posted on 03 November 2009.
Best Buy and Sonic Solutions have have announced a partnership to bring streaming media to devices sold by Best Buy.
Sonic’s popular service CinemaNow will be integrated into devices from Blue Ray players, television sets, video game consoles, PCs and other devices for on-demand media streaming.
CinemaNow currently offers digital rights managed content to some existing devices that can be purchased at retail stores, one of which is of course, Best Buy.
CinemaNow offers both renting and buying content similar to iTunes, the Sony PS3 and the Xbox. With Best Buy in the mix, CinemaNow’s device penetration could significantly grow.
Netflix offers a similar service with their set top boxes and integration into the Xbox gamine console. Netflix has also recently announced that their streaming service will be available on the PS3 too.
This move to partner might be confusing for people who already have streaming accounts on Netflix or perhaps even Blockbuster. Will they switch because they have now purchased an integrated device for on demand movies?
I’m glad to see that Best Buy believes that consumers want instant access to content. As a consumer, I’m excited to see these products come to market at low subscription prices (unlike the Apple TV).
Note: It has been rumored that Apple is in discussions with media companies to supply streaming media to consumers for a monthly subscription fee of $30 a month (http://features.csmonitor.com/innovation/2009/11/02/apples-30-a-month-tv-supscription-service-not-buying-it/)
Posted in Hardware