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Orb streams digital media over
January 5, 2005; 11:35 a.m.
The product: Think watching TV on your desktop is silly? Wonder why you'd ever want to cuddle up with your favorite show in the office? You may change your mind and fork over some cash for a TV tuner card once you get a load of Orb, a software/service combo that lets you access all the media on your home PC from any device connected to the Internet. The new service, introduced at CES, performs quite a number of connectivity feats--provided you have a TV tuner on your PC and subscribe to a cell phone data service. Among other tasks, Orb lets you:
The prospects: Orb solves some previously annoying problems--especially for those of us who hoard digital media files on a home PC or have a million digital photos stuck on a cell phone. It's also a great way to watch TV anywhere, anytime, but not many consumers have a PC TV tuner yet. PC TV tuners are still a Martian concept for the masses, and it's unlikely that consumers will want to shell out a sizable annual fee for Orb sans TV-streaming functionality.
By Lindsey Turrentine, section editor, CNET Reviews
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