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NBC Sports goes Silverlight for HD

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Aug 2009 22:26 User comments (6)

NBC Sports goes Silverlight for HD NBC Sports has announced it will be moving all its HD video-streaming feeds to the latest build of Microsoft's Silverlight, including the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics.
The broadcaster will use Silverlight 3 across all its HD sports broadcasts, and committed to Microsoft after testing "many different technologies", says Perkins Miller, senior vice president of Digital Media at NBC Sports, via VB.

NBC Sports used Silverlight for the stunning HD feeds of the Summer Olympics in China last year, and this year used Silverlight to stream over 35 hours of Wimbeldon tennis coverage.

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6 user comments

18.8.2009 23:01

So anyone using Linux (or just doesn't like having M$ Bloat-ware) is left out in the cold?

29.8.2009 1:20

Seems that way although I havent really had much problem with it. Then again it hasnt seen much use any where I browse.

39.8.2009 18:22

Originally posted by Lothros:
So anyone using Linux (or just doesn't like having M$ Bloat-ware) is left out in the cold?

The Silverlight plug-in is made for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux...and it's surprisingly not as bloated as other M$ stuff. Musta been one of those products/technologies they bought out another company for! ;-)

410.8.2009 5:14

"The Silverlight plug-in is made for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux"

No, it is not. There is no linux "silverlight". There is "moonlight", but that only supports Silverlight 1.0 stuff (already ancient history, there is no chance NBC will be using this).

I guess it's a numbers game...how many people have no TV, run linux (and only linux), and can handle 35 hours of tennis?

510.8.2009 17:43

Originally posted by KillerBug:
"The Silverlight plug-in is made for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux"

No, it is not. There is no linux "silverlight". There is "moonlight", but that only supports Silverlight 1.0 stuff (already ancient history, there is no chance NBC will be using this).

I guess it's a numbers game...how many people have no TV, run linux (and only linux), and can handle 35 hours of tennis?

Hmmm...that's odd since M$ says it's supported on Linux on their website, though maybe I didn't look at the particular details. My bad, if so!

UPDATE: Yeah, after looking, it looks like Moonlight 2 is almost complete to support Silverlight 2.0. Figures M$ would misrepresent 3rd party ability to create a compatible Linux plug-in as supported BY THEM (trying to sound Linux-friendly).
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611.8.2009 4:14

"it looks like Moonlight 2 is almost complete to support Silverlight 2.0"

I've been hearing that for a while, and I might believe it when I see it running on my PS3...until then, it is just more of Microsoft's lies.

Oh, and silverlight 3 is already out...so even once Moonlight 2 comes out, it will be outdated and useless anyway.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Aug 2009 @ 4:16

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