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Accessing Digital Media From Anywhere

Techstination feature for Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Accessing your digital media from anywhere. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. The idea may stir up some legal battles...but a company called Orb Networks is pushing ahead with plans to release software that will reside on your home computer....and through it let you listen to digital music...or watch digital video...from any Web browser. That would include the one on many cell phones, or PDAs or desktop or notebook PCs. The idea is to let you watch that favorite show you recorded last night on your media center PC.....on your cell phone while you ride the train to work. On the floor of the recent Digital Life show in New York, Orb VP Jim Bennette said just about any kind of content can be streamed...

"All live TV, all recorded TV, all videos, all music, all photos that you have access to in your home or home network can now be streamed to a cell phone, to an iPaq, to another PC, can be streamed to any Internet connected device in the world without any software required on that target device other than a browser."

The quality isn't great, but it's watchable. And as higher speed data networks become more common and affordable and battery life improves on cell phones and PDAs, you may not need that iPod to carry your music around. The plan is to charge 10 dollars a month after a sixty day free trial. You can find more information at Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.