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View Full Version : Orb TV Plans To Do What Google TV Has Failed To

Andy Dixon
11-22-2010, 01:00 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20023181-1.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave' target='_blank'>http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105...feed&subj=Crave</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Orb TV is aiming to succeed where Google TV and Boxee have stumbled. The new video-streaming product from Orb Networks aims to let users watch a wide variety of streaming video on their big-screen TVs. That sounds like a wide variety of Internet TV products that we've seen introduced this fall. The difference with Orb TV is that it should be able to deliver unfettered access to a wide variety of online video sites, including TV network sites (Hulu, ABC.com, NBC.com, CBS.com, and so forth) that have since been blocked when accessing from the built-in Flash-enabled Web browsers found on Google TV products, Boxee, and the PlayStation 3."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1290366848.usr11334.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p>Google TV in partucluar has struggled since launch, mainly&nbsp;with content being denied to them by the TV networks. Orb TV does apparently have unrestricted access to the streaming media from the TV networks which&nbsp;does make it a much more attractive option over Google TV.&nbsp; However, as pointed out in the CNet article, there isn't any&nbsp;HD content and it requires server software to be installed on a separate PC.&nbsp; Compared to other offerings such as&nbsp;Google TV and Boxee which are standalone devices, the Orb TV offering has a circular 'puck' which connects to the TV, and then talks to the server software on a PC on your network.&nbsp; It seems excessive to require both, but at least it does seem to provide what the others don't.&nbsp; Of course when Google sort out their problems with the networks, then a single device will be the more attractive option.</p>