Nokia is jumping on the place-shifting trend, saying it will work with Orb Networks to integrate Orb MyCasting into the Nokia N80 Internet Edition. That means when U.S. consumers buy the Nokia N80 Internet Edition starting in November, they will be able to access home photos, videos, music and TV. Orb's solution streams users' own content from their home PC using the Web browser and player on their Nokia N80 Internet Edition, creating their own "personal media portal." Users can also remotely record TV programs using Orb's DVR function and then play back those recorded programs to their mobile device. Talk about usurping carriers' own initiatives. But the GSM device will probably land at two carriers who have become quite user-generated content friendly. Cingular already offers Motorola phones with iTunes and has embraced the idea of personalization, while T-Mobile USA proclaimed that its new UMTS network will enable user-generated content and social networking applications as it sidesteps music and mobile TV.
For more about Nokia's deal with Orb:
- check out this release
- T-Mobile to enable user-generated content and social networking