Pros Makes my MediaCenter PC accessible everywhere for FREE!!!!
Cons Some frustrating experiences--no phone tech support
Summary I initially had a lot of success using Orb--I had it up and running for most of June and July--but for the last 2 weeks have had nothing but trouble. It took about 5 trys to uninstall and reinstall it before I even got it minimally loaded again. I currently have a couple requests running into their support page--but I would rather be able to call and get a real person for help. It drives my Norton firewall nuts and I think I still have issues because of that. It is free--but if I were paying for this I would expect much better. I can only imagine what kind of spyware or adware it is installing by being free. If I ever get it up and running successfully again, I would be inclined to give this a better rating. I think for now being free--I am getting what I am paying for--or even less since it is causing a lot of headaches.
Pros Live TV, streaming audio, photos, video, whatever. It's like TIVO for your cell phone, pocket pc, or laptop. WITH MORE FEATURES!
Cons video streams can sometimes be choppy while watching over a wireless carrier's internet
Summary Orb is great. I have my verizon xv6600 pocket pc phone set up to watch live tv or recorder shows in my car to make those long New Orleans commutes go faster. At the gym, I stream mp3's from my home pc. ORB makes me glad that I went with a pocket pc phone( with an SD card slot 1GB max) rather than a portable media player (40-60GB max). My phone now is my mp3 player, portable television, phone, TIVO, etc.
Don't take it from me, though. Check it out for yourself! It's FREE! What are you waiting for!
Pros Only need computer and tuner card... FREE! (so far)
Cons Need specific tuner cards...
Summary I wanted a Slingbox, but found this while surfing on CNET. Very cool - I bought a USB TV tuner card for <$100 (make sure you get one of the ones they specify on their website), hooked it up, installed Orb software on my home PC and bam, I'm setting up my computer at home to record TV shows from work!
- Don't need any special software on the PC you view the shows on.
- You only access the computer. Slingbox takes over the TV/TIVO it's connected to.
- I can increase HD space for shows, or burn them on the DVD burner on my computer.
- Access to any folders on your home PC (photos, music, videos, etc..).
- Service is free.
Now, my only concern is that this is dumping spyware on my computer, but hopefully, since CNET recommends it, it's okay? Well, poor assumption, but so far so good.
Pros everything you have on your home computer, everywhere you go
Cons Slow bandwidth lowers quality
Summary I use this product everywhere. At work I now always have my entire media library with me. I have music on in the background, last night's recorded episodes of anything, all my tv stations, all my photos, and all my music. If I'm on a business trip anywhere in the world, I can still watch all my american sports and television shows streaming over the internet!!! AND IT'S FREE!!! The only negative is that you need high speed internet both on your host computer and on your receiving device. If you have high speed internet you might as well use it.
Pros Watch TV and view photos and pre recorded video anywhere including pocket pc
Cons Requires specific video cards for your home PC and with slow connections will buffer video causing interupted viewing
Summary If you want a free way of viewing tv remotely this is the ticket. I can streem live TV to my Sprint pocket pc anywhere i have a data sprint connection on my PPC-6600 phone. You can view your home web cameras live to check on your home while you are away.
Once set up correctly this system works great.