Orb Networks

Orb Networks has done the smart thing and decided to drop the monthly subscription fees for their streaming media service, which lets you access the media (like music files, digital photos, and recorded TV shows) stored on your Media Center PC from pretty much anywhere (including a Windows Mobile-powered cellphone). They probably figured out right quick that it's hard to convince people to pay ten bucks a month to access their own media collections, and the plan now is to offer a mix of contextual ads and add-on subscriptions for extra content.

[Via Russell Beattie]