Monday, March 28, 2005

Orb is FREE

As of today, Orb is free.

Our philosophy is simple -- if you own it, either because you created it or because you have already paid for it, then you should be able to enjoy it anywhere, anytime, on any device. Orb makes it possible.

When we announced Orb at CES, we told the world that it would cost $9.95 per month. We were worried about the bandwidth requirements on our servers to host the service, the support requirements for our users, and we were unsure of the revenue models beyond subscription.

Today, many thousands of users later, I am happy to say that we have put all of these fears to rest and can now offer the core Orb service for free.

Yes, there will be advertising in the future -- but we know that this must be done the google way -- advertising that is unobtrusive and adds value without inhibiting the core use of the service. And more importantly there will be content subscriptions coming soon -- all kinds of new content that you can purchase through Orb...

But even if you never click on an advertisement and never purchase content, our core philosophy will guarantee you free access to your own TV, your own videos, your own audio, and your own photos... anytime, anyplace, any device.

4 comments:

Tim Coyle said...

I really like your software and I'm glad that the decision was made to make it free. I think this will really open the doors for the possibilities of Orb.

Brian said...

Orb rocks. And "free" rocks. My girlfriend was stuck in an airport lounge with nothing to do. Instead of listening to her complain, I pointed her to my orb account and muzzled her with a two-hour "The Amazing Race" recording from my SageTV PVR.

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