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Orb Networks

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About Orb Networks

Orb Networks is a provider in digital media streaming solutions for the digital home and remote access applications. In addition to Orb BR, Orb Networks offers the Orb Music Player ($79) that streams iTunes and Pandora to any home stereo. And, the Orb TV ($99) solution, with a hockey puck-sized device that plugs into a TV, enables consumers to stream online video content to a TV. Focused on enabling the enjoyment of media anytime, anywhere, the company develops and markets PC (Windows, Mac, and Linux) software, smartphone applications and web application services. Orb Networks was shut down by Qualcomm in August 2013 after Qualcomm's acquisition of the firm in May 2013.

Headquarters Location

428 13th Street Mash Building 3rd Floor

Oakland, California, 94612,

United States


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Orb Networks Patents

Orb Networks has filed 10 patents.

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Image processing, Videotelephony, Digital photography, Network protocols, Software features


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Image processing, Videotelephony, Digital photography, Network protocols, Software features



Latest Orb Networks News

Orb Networks shuts down after being acquired by Qualcomm in May

Aug 22, 2013

3 Comments Oakland, Calif.-based media streaming startup Orb Networks has been acquired by Qualcomm, (s QCOM) and is now winding down its operations in the coming months. A notice on Orb’s home page, first spotted by Engadget , only states that Orb’s team and technology have been acquired by a large strategic partner, but GigaOM has since learned that Orb actually got acquired by Qualcomm back in May. Orb had been making software to transcode and stream web videos to DLNA-capable devices, and also released its own media streamer in 2010 . The company also figured out a way to use the Blu-ray drive of Sony’s PS3 to run its own media streaming software, effectively turning the game console into a more complete media center. Advertisement However, Orb’s solutions were always a bit clunky. One of its biggest selling points was that it offered access to free Hulu content and other videos not available on connected devices. The tradeoff to access these videos was that users had to transcode them on their PCs, and as more content made its way to connected devices, consumers had less of a reason to jump through these kinds of hoops. Advertisement A post on Orb’s support forums explained that the company will not provide any bug fixes or updates to its software anymore. Orb’s server infrastructure will be shut down by the end of 2013. Advertisement I’ve reached out to Qualcomm, but haven’t heard back. But the acquisition seems to complement the chip maker’s vision for the connected home. Qualcomm’s Atheros unit has been working on various connected home and media shifting initiatives, including its Skifta audio streaming engine and its Alljoyn P2P home networking layer. Advertisement Orb raised a total of $4 million from Morgenthaler Ventures in 2010. There’s no word on how much Qualcomm paid for the company, but I’d be surprised if it was more than the typical acquihire. Advertisement Check out my 2010 interview with Orb Networks CEO Joe Costello below: Advertisement

Orb Networks Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Orb Networks founded?

    Orb Networks was founded in 2000.

  • Where is Orb Networks's headquarters?

    Orb Networks's headquarters is located at 428 13th Street, Oakland.

  • What is Orb Networks's latest funding round?

    Orb Networks's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • How much did Orb Networks raise?

    Orb Networks raised a total of $4M.

  • Who are the investors of Orb Networks?

    Investors of Orb Networks include Qualcomm, Morgenthaler Ventures and OVP Venture Partners.

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