Orb Network’s new technology lets people access video, music or live TV on their home PC though anything with a Web browser–a cell phone, a PDA or a work computer

The company is planning to announce at CES a slew of new relationships with companies including Intel, Netgear and Creative. More broadly, Orb is part of a surge in technology ideas aimed at moving into the rest of the world the multimedia files now filling up PCs.



“What we’re finding with our customers is a lot more mobility and a lot more appreciation and associations with mobile products that can capture multimedia,” said Leslie Adams, senior vice president at digital video company Pinnacle Systems, one of Orb’s new partners. “It’s like, ‘Hey I’ve got these devices that allow me to view content, and I’ve got all this great multimedia on my computer.’ We need to allow people to have access to that multimedia anytime, everywhere.”



The push to move multimedia off the PC follows the first year when the legal distribution of digital audio and video really hit the PC world. The spread of iTunes and other music services, along with the rise of Microsoft’s Media Center PC, has helped push the hobbyists’ world of digital video and audio into the mainstream.



The problem has been that mainstream customers are much less tied to their PCs. And that’s driving companies to develop easy-to-use home-networking technologies that can pipe audio or video around a house.



At the same time, the early adopters are increasingly chafing at the fact that content on the PC is stuck there. Music can be taken on the iPod, and portable Media Centers can hold plenty of video, but the computer remains the hub.



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