Does things Google TV can't
As irritated as I have been that Google TV has been blocked from accepting network content I have been hoping that a device would come to market that would let us watch network shows from the web on the TV in the living room. Another new product has launched today from a company called Orb Networks that promises to let you watch content on your TV from the web including those network shows and Hulu that I want to see.
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The Orb will let you watch thousand of online TV shows according to the including the Hulu, ESPN3, Comedy central and lots more. One of the best things about the Orb is that it is only $99, which is nearly $200 less than the Google TV box from Logitech. The content offered via the Orb requires no monthly fee and turns any TV into a connected TV. It also works with smartphones letting users find what they want to watch on the TV and then start it playing from there.
If you want to watch the content on other TVs all you need to do is add more of the Orb VP-1 devices in other rooms. The system works with Orb Caster software running on your PC or Mac computer. That software indexes the media files on tour PC and can stream any web media to the Orb VP-1 TV adapters. This show the Orb system gets around any issues with being blocked by networks. If the networks blocked the Orb Caster, they would have to block all people on the browser.
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The Orb system does need a WiFi network and the Orb VP-1 devices that connect to your TV can connect wirelessly to that network. The Orb controller is a smartphone app that sits on the iPhone or Android devices and you pick what content you want to watch directly from the phone. The Orb Controller on the smartphone allows you to control the volume and skip content. This is a really cool system and the only major downside I see is that most of the shows online aren't HD and it's hard for me to watch shows that aren't HD.