Orb Live update adds Hulu streaming

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Instead of spending $3 on the latest episode of 30 Rock from the iTunes Store, why not spend $10 in the App Store and get unlimited access to the Hulu catalog as well as Comedy Central, live sports from ESPN, and others?

With the recent update to the Orb Live app from Orb Networks, users get full access to Hulu content—as well as ABC, CBS, Fox, and ESPN—from their iOS (or Android) devices with no extra subscription fees.

Using an EDGE, 3G, or Wi-Fi connection to your iOS device, Orb Live is the first app to stream free Hulu to mobile devices and display its content right next to your other videos. (Streaming Hulu content to an iOS device generally requires the Hulu Plus app and a subscription to the $8-a-month service, but as we’ve written about in the past, that doesn’t even give you access to the same depth of content as the computer-accessed version.) It’s easy to browse all of your favorite content to decide what to watch—no more switching between different apps to view find show when deciding between, say, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show or Hulu-hosted How I Met Your Mother. (The correct decision, of course, is to watch both.)

Orb Live can send you free Hulu because it actually streams content from your computer using the free Orb Caster media server (available for both Macs and Windows PCs). So if you already get access to ESPN3 on your computer, you can watch live coverage of your favorite sports team from your phone without paying additional subscription fees.

The global index of media content makes for easy searching. When you type in your search terms, Orb Live finds the show by looking through all of the sources available—from Amazon Video on Demand to the big TV networks.

The update still keeps all of the features from the original Orb Live—like support for Pandora and Sirius, as well as home movie and personal photo access. And by streaming your content from home, you can free up a lot of space in your device and still watch Extreme Makeover Home Edition on the train. (Just don’t cry in front of your fellow commuters, please.)

Orb Live 3.6 works with an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 3.0 or later.

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