Meet Orb Live, a versatile media app that lets you stream free Hulu content, premium videos, and even your home media library right to your Android device. Since it requires no subscription fee, it's $9.99 download price may be a great deal for those wishing for more multimedia on the go.
Here's how it works. First, install Orb Caster on your PC or Mac (for free), and point the program to your multimedia folders so it knows which files to make available for streaming. You can also point it to your iTunes and have it stream everything from there. Next, navigate to Settings and create a Remote Access Account for use on your mobile device. Finally, download Orb Live onto your Android mobile device, and sign in using your Remote Access credentials. From there, Orb Live will let you view photos, music, and videos broadcasted from your computer. You can also watch TV shows through Hulu's non-premium service, YouTube, Dailymotion, and more, all for free. If you have subscriptions to premium services like Hulu Plus, Amazon Video On Demand, or Netflix, you can add access to those as well.
Before downloading Orb Live, it's important to know that your computer must be powered on and have a reliable Web connection for you to use the mobile app. This is because all of the content is relayed through Orb Caster--even the online content like Hulu--which some might see as a pain. Video quality was not great, but certainly watchable. Meanwhile, photo and music streaming worked perfectly well.
As for Orb Live's interface, we found it to be in need of much improvement. It's decidedly unattractive and even a bit unintuitive. For instance, YouTube videos have the standard YouTube control bar at the bottom, yet none of the buttons work. That's because the user must tap the screen to bring up Orb Live's video controls. To add to the problem, Orb Live's video controls are huge. In fact, they cover well over half the video screen, which is obtrusive, to say the least. And it didn't help that the Pause button inexplicably didn't work. This meant the only option was to back out of videos and start them over again, which was obviously a significant inconvenience.
Though we love the idea behind Orb Live, the app is marred by some performance issues and a bad interface, which makes for a rather annoying user experience. That said, if you're not deterred by the major problems, $9.99 is a great price for all of the functionality the app offers. In any case, we do hope that Orb Live sees some significant improvement with its next update.
Orb Live is a breakthrough application to enjoy all your media on your phone.
With Orb Live you're never more than a tap away from all your favorite content. Watch TV shows from Hulu and Netflix, listen to music from Pandora and Sirius, or browse photos from Facebook and Flickr. You can also access all the music, photos and videos stored on your PC. No need to sync -- just stream directly from your computer to Android device.
Videos. If you like TV shows, you'll love Orb Live. All the shows from sites like Hulu, Comedy Central, Netflix and more are all available on your Android -- in a single, integrated and easy-to-use app. Search for your favorite show, tap the season and episode you want to watch, and you're streaming! If you have a TV tuner or webcam on your PC, you can even stream that directly to your phone. That's right -- live TV on your Android phone!
Photos. Never worry about what files you've synced -- or forgotten to sync. With Orb Live, all your great pics are always accessible on your Android -- even if they're on your laptop at work, your PC at home or posted on Facebook or Flickr.
Music. On the road and want to listen to your iTunes library that's stuck at home? Maybe you're in the mood to listen to your favorite Internet radio stations or a Pandora compilation? Get it all from one place -- with Orb Live!
If you can get it on your PC, you can get it on your Android device. It's that simple. Orb Live is the easiest and most complete solution available. Now you can have access to all your media -- all the time.