Orb announces new Internet TV software for Blu-ray players

 

Orb Networks is expanding its list of compatible devices with the introduction of Orb BR (Blu-ray) software. First announced at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the new software essentially turns a PlayStation 3 into an Internet TV portal. 

Orb BR will function like Orb TV to bring programming from a variety of multimedia services including Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Video on Demand to Internet-connected Blu-ray players. Users will also be able to stream music, photos, and videos directly from computers and other devices on the same Wi-Fi network.

"The combined cost of a Blu-ray player and Orb BR software is less expensive than most of the other Internet TV solutions, like Boxee and Google TV, while providing more capabilities," said Joe Costello, CEO of Orb Networks. "With more than eight million connected Blu-ray players and 40 million PS3 players already in homes, the market opportunity for Orb BR is huge."

No hardware is required, but users will have to download the free Orb Caster software and insert the provided disc in to their PlayStation 3 or Blu-ray player. Users will also be able to manage the software through the Orb controller app for smartphones. Orb BR supports HD playback at both 720p and 1080p resolutions.

The software is slated to be released this February with a price tag of $19.99 USD.

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I got excited till I read the part where it said "The Same Wi-Fi network". I use Orb to stream to my other house where my file server isn't located. I was like YES YES YES, then I read the article. That sux.

roadwarrior said,
Ever heard of a VPN?

Yes, you can do that. But the problem lies is the orb software when using on a internal network does not do speed adjustment. It just trys to go full speed and fails terribly. So unless your working on some extremely fast point to point connections then it won't work.

If you know of a registry setting in the latest orb im all ears open.

My Blu-Ray player already has some of the same services built in, but I might get this just for the easy searching functions, and for some of the other services that my player doesn't include.

Kreuger said,
Netflix is free? Since when?

Neflix subscription is not free. You can download Netflix software/app for free. In order to see movies or tv shows from Netflix, you will need a subscription for that.

shozilla said,

Neflix subscription is not free. You can download Netflix software/app for free. In order to see movies or tv shows from Netflix, you will need a subscription for that.


Then its not free (to use obviously)

So tell me....what's the difference between this and the Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Youtube.com along with PS3 Media Server? I can get all of the above for free. Or does Orb offer something I'm missing here?

Ethere said,
So tell me....what's the difference between this and the Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Youtube.com along with PS3 Media Server? I can get all of the above for free. Or does Orb offer something I'm missing here?

yeah they are offering the software.... I believe if google tv comes for ps3 orb will vanish

Ethere said,
So tell me....what's the difference between this and the Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Youtube.com along with PS3 Media Server? I can get all of the above for free. Or does Orb offer something I'm missing here?

yeah the differentiating factor for orb software vs all those services is basically that it will probably suck, just like their desktop implementation.