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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