Network Media Player: Orb vs. Tversity – Streaming media across a network is hard enough, but how do you get your media to other devices, like your cell phone? Warthog wants to know which piece of software is better: Orb or TVersity?

Both Orb and TVersity share a similar function: to stream your media from a computer to any device that you have, including your cell phone, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, etc …

Orb allows users to "MyCast" their media:

Orb has developed an award winning service that combines the use of an internet media portal and a proprietary software application. Orb leverages the best in already available technology (hi-speed broadband, Wi-Fi, wireless internet access and sophisticated portable devices) to provide a brand new way for people to connect with their digital media in the manner "how, when and where" they most desire.

In short, Orb provides the ability to MyCast.

TVersity has a simple mission statement:

Our mission is to empower individuals to organize and personalize their home and Internet multimedia collection (audio, video and images) and have universal access to it anywhere (at the home or on the go) anytime and from any device.

Which one is better? Chris says TVersity for two reasons:

  • It has been free the entire time of its development.
  • TVersity supports the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and the Wii.

What do you recommend for streaming media across multiple platforms?

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10 thoughts on “Network Media Player: Orb vs. Tversity”

  1. TVersity because Orb performance and quality was so poor in comparison. Orb support was horrible. Orb has trouble with NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices of many kinds. Orb was very sensitive to the codecs that were installed and it worked better with a freeware DIVX codec than the DIVX pro that I paid for. None of these problems with TVersity.

  2. The only problem with TVersity right now is that if you want to access your media over the internet it’s not very secure. Once you forward the port required to access the TVersity Server, anyone can add and remove media from your computer.

  3. With Tversity I had to open ports, set the user (don’t know why because the user that was logged on, was had administrator rights) and I couldn’t open movies on my mobile (I had to download the file first before I could open it).
    Orb worked right after I installed it. I could add a shared folder on another computer and I could watch movies on my mobile without downloading the whole file.

  4. Orb is designed to be easy to install requiring no port forwarding. However out of experience I have found the ability to use it as a limited user is difficult . When you run Orb and a new version is available, it pops up a balloon that mentions the update, which much be clicked in order to do. However if you are a limited user you have to run orb as administrator each time there is an update. But as orb hooks into winamp, it means winamp has to be shut down completely then opened as administrator, which then launches orb as administrator and even that has issues. So it is better to shut down winamp, switch user to administrator then do it all from his account, then log off and back into the limited user .

    Other than that there are interface bugs but hopefully they will be fixed with the new ajax interface.

    Other than that I love orb and it does it’s job perfectly.

  5. I run them both… TVersity sucks on my windows mobile phone, orb runs great. Orb sucks on my Xbox 360, and TVersity runs great. The Orb interface is MUCH better on mobile devices and online.

    Sorry for the bump.

  6. I have tried them both at the same time on my iphone. Orb took 5 mins to install and set up. TVersity took 1 hour as I had a problem with my firewall. TVersity was a dissapointment. It couldn’t open any videos as you have to wait for videos to be encoded first. Orb played everything right away. Whilst i was in the car it took a while for orb music to play and the quality is not as good as it was over a wifi connection but Orb really is better in comparison. It’s easy to set up and you can share you music in seconds. You can also view documents like PDFs as well. You can use orb for free on the iphone via safari. It is worth getting the app for £2.99 as the navigation is easier. The navigation for TVersity via safari is really bad and annoying. You can also stream TV with the orb live app at £5.99.

    I am going to delete TVersity and compare Orb with Simplify Media. The reviews for Simplify Media seem to be the better when compared to Orb but you cannot stream videos or documents.

    I also can’t wait for spotify on the iphone!

  7. I haven’t used TVersity but have had pretty good luck with Orb through my iPhone. I can access music, photos and documents fairly easily. The one thing it can’t do is play WMA lossless which is a big knock. One thing to note, although there is an Orb app for iphone, I simply bookmarked the website after entering my password. Now, I just click the Orb icon and can get to my files.

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