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    Killer Native iPhone App: OrbLive - Watch live TV on your iPhone

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    imageKiller Native iPhone App: OrbLive - Watch live TV on your iPhone

    When it comes to cool factor, OrbLive has to be one of the coolest native application for the iPhone. Orb Networks has just released a native Orb client making it possible for you to watch live TV, Internet TV, and webcams on your iPhone or iPod Touch. We no longer...

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    • TrapperTrapper Posts: 4
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      Friggin awesome! Can't wait to get home and update Orb :D Thank you thank you thank you

    • timtim Posts: 173
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      Does anyone know if this works with EyeTV for the Mac? Or is it Windows tuners only?

    • info5starsinfo5stars Posts: 1
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      Great your site.
      I have iPhone and this site is very useful to me, so I bookmarked iphonehacks, I will be back.
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    • John DIngelJohn DIngel Posts: 1
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      Unfortunately, it wont work standalone (eg you have to go thru their servers, as opposed to streaming directly from your own network), and it wont work without Windows.

      A better solution would be to use vlc to tune your source, and then have it convert to h264 to stream on the phone/pod. No proprietary OS required, nor webservice from any specific company.

    • Ima HoarIma Hoar Posts: 2
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      Hey there.

      Yes it is true. This software will have to stream the video through Orb's servers, so the quality of your connection will probably depend upon where abouts those servers exist.

      Another thought...what do you think would happen if you were connected through WIFI behind a coffee shop or university firewall which had certain ports blocked? I would not imagine that all the video is streamed though port 80, but I do stand to be corrected. Perhaps one could install a command-line port streamer for the iphone. Has anyone tried this application out?? Thoughts anyone??

    • Ima HoarIma Hoar Posts: 2
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      Hey there.

      Yes it is true. This software will have to stream the video through Orb's servers, so the quality of your connection will probably depend upon where abouts those servers exist.

      Another thought...what do you think would happen if you were connected through WIFI behind a coffee shop or university firewall which had certain ports blocked? I would not imagine that all the video is streamed though port 80, but I do stand to be corrected. Perhaps one could install a command-line port streamer for the iphone. Has anyone tried this application out?? Thoughts anyone??

    • randyrandy Posts: 32
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      This is a killer app. I've been an orb user since it's launch and downloaded this app as soon as it appeared in installer. It works GREAT with my streaming satellite TV connection, plus it streams a variety of other formats from my home pc (video and music). I now have a DIVX player for my iPhone! A couple of bugs in this first version - for instance, when I mount a folder with DiVX avi files, they are not recognized when I browser folders from my iPhone, but they are listed and sorted under Date category (plus they Shuffle). Other minor inconveniences when I am watching a DivX movie- you can't fast forward/search, and sometimes the audio starts to go out of sync, but for a first release - this app is the bomb! Also, they haven't limited it to a WiFi connection only, so when a 3G iPhone comes out, this app is enough of a justification for me to upgrade.

      BTW - I don't agree that a better solution is use VLC - the orb environment offers so much more internet radio, online videos, photo albums - and plus you get a complete program guide interface for seeing what is playing and selecting live television programs. Another benefit of going through Orb servers is that they can calculate the speeds between your home pc and you iphone connection and throttle/encode your media for optimal viewing experience.

    • walterwalter Posts: 1
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      i have been waiting for this sense i got the iphone.. just tryed it and it works great that was one thing i missed about my windows mobile phone.. great job..

    • BobBob Posts: 183
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      This program sucks but I do like the idea of it but it's just badly done. First it should allow local server support, why should I waste my upload bandwidth when I'm 20 feet from my computer. Second I have been fighting all day with trying to get my tuner to even work, it won't complete the guide setup and without the guide you get no TV. They should have a bypass for the guide setup, channel up and down would be just fine for me. Third problem is quality even thou it's only a 3.5" screen the picture looks like crap even YouTube looks better and they are the king of crappy video quality. Fourth problem is with privacy with uploading streams to the site whats to say they are not selling data on what we are watching that does not sit well with me.

    • chris jchris j Posts: 2
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      for all those people saying about bandwidth or local connections, the orb servers know when the request (from your iPhone/touch) and the media (your pc) come from the same public ip address, such as when you're on your home wifi. In these instances, the orb server on your pc just streams it over the local network, hence not using any of your ISP bandwidth or having any Internet latency issues.

    • LucyLucy Posts: 6
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      can you watch tv on your ipod touch if you dont have a tv tuner but you have a webcam? please let me know

    • nasty-bassistnasty-bassist Posts: 1
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      does anyone know if there is a 3g (2.0.1) version of orblive? This must be one of the best apps going for iPhone, shame mycast site doesn't steam video to iPhone

    • MarkMark Posts: 267
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      OrbLive is available on appstore now.

    • shamishami Posts: 1
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      Orblive ( for iPhone 2.x software ) has been released on App Store.

      check out the following link.

      http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=290195003mt=8

    • badmelvinbadmelvin Posts: 3
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      You can also use websites like http://3click.tv to stream tv episodes to your iPhone, and its better than paying 1.99 per episode. They have something like 12,000 ad free episodes you can watch on the iPhone without downloading- works on my desktop too!
      enjoy :)

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