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    Orb vs Slingbox integration or both?

    Anyone try Orb (www.orb.com) out yet. I tested this on my Infill Streetdeck this weekend as an external app. It streams perfectly from my media pc at home. I can now watch any live cable tv in my car, watch pre-recorded shows/movies, stream mp3's, etc. It would be awesome to have this interface in Streetdeck. I am just diving into the development side of streetdeck so I will see what I can come up with.
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    What are you using as a connection inside the car?

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    I wish the next update would include playlist support for video playback. I managed to save several playlist that include Orb's livestream.asx file in windows media player which in turn puts the playlists available in the playlists in Streetdeck's Music playlist. It opens a video window outside of streetdeck, so it kind of works. For example, I saved the livestream.asx file that my.orb.com downloads when you select to play a live tv station. The file includes all of your channel lineups and normally would start windows media player up with a playlist of all your channels. In Streetdeck you can open the saved playlist and select any of the channels. It will then open up a window(behind Streetdeck if you are in full screen) and begin playing the live tv stream of the channel you selected.

    I think if Chuck can add playlist support for the Video module and then direct the video to the streetdeck video window, rather than a seperate instance...we would be good to go for Orb Integration.
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    My workaround right now is to use WMP as an externa app. I went ahead and saved playlists for livetv and a video folder from my.orb.com. This way I always have the playlists available when WMP starts rather than having to navigate through the my.orb.com site.

    I recommend going to this link and getting a more touch screen friendly skin for WMP. Check it out:
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    http://www.customize.org/details/31040

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    Live TV playlist showing my channel line up.
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    Hey guys, Thank you so much for starting this tread. I am getting a SlingBox very shortly and this is just the type of info that I looking for. I will update when I get it installed and working with SD.
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    [QUOTE=sharpmat007;974841]My workaround right now is to use WMP as an externa app. I went ahead and saved playlists for livetv and a video folder from my.orb.com. This way I always have the playlists available when WMP starts rather than having to navigate through the my.orb.com site.
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    Here is the future alternative for TV, I've heard a few companies online will offer online TV by streaming all the channels via Windows Streaming Media Server, this includes Vista/XP Media Center edition support.

    In the next SD update we will probably see youtube module. So, Chuck, please consider this playlist issue. We can't do anything ourselfs The best we can do is to run asf files from playlists in a separate window. Playlists for local video files would also make everone happy, I believe...

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    Orb has exposed there api so a mod shouldnt be too far off. I will see what I can come up with. I am awaiting my api key which you can get from https://developer.orb.com/wiki/Start_here
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    I am streaming video to my G4 using Windows Media Encoder, so I can stream my DirecTV to my car with Verizon Broadband service. I do all the automation (channel changing, etc.) with Girder. I can't seem to find a way to play the video in SD, just external WMP. Anyone know a way to do it in SD?

    What is the ORB service motivation for giving their services for "free"?

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