Orb Networks, whose free player software allows users to watch their televison and recorded media on a remote PC, said Thursday that it will now interact with TiVo personal video recorders.
Orb's DVR Everywhere software will allow Series 2 TiVo owners to connect their boxes to the PC, allowing video content stored there to be remotely broadcast to a laptop or mobile device. The TiVo can also be managed, including the scheduling of remote TiVo2Go transfers to another PC or notebook.
The software appears to be roughly similar to the TiVo2Go software, except for the fact that the media is stored on the original TiVo box, rather than physically downloaded to a remote device. Orb Networks said that it software is not affiliated with TiVo, however, an indication that the company had designed the software without official TiVo support.
A spokeswoman for the company confirmed that the Orb DVR Everywhere software was designed completely independently from TiVo, but added that the company did not believe that TiVo would try and block the Orb software. "They've known what we've been doing for some time," she said.
The software allows users to program the DVR Everywhere software from a web browser, and play it back from streaming media players from Windows, Real, or a native 3G phone applet.
However, though TiVo owners can store and play back images on their PVRs, the Orb software only works with video stored on the device. Orb's own software allows users to beam their own photos, images, and music to their laptops or other mobile devices.
Originally a paid service, Orb discontinued its monthly fees in March 2005, and now is subsidized by content deals with third parties.