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  • Blog Post: How to Retrieve Files from Silverlight Streaming (SLS) and Post to Windows Azure

    This article is now of historical interest only since the SLS service is no longer available. In this post, I will provide step-by-step instructions for retrieving videos and Silverlight applications that you had previously hosted on the Microsoft Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live Beta, which...
  • Blog Post: Firefox Information for Hosting Video on Azure

    Thanks go to Tim Heuer for pointing this out (and providing this workaround). In the posts on hosting a Silverlight video player on Windows Azure, Firefox users will find that the embedded player looks like this when displayed in Firefox: Two things need to be changed in order to fix this. Change the...
  • Blog Post: Embedding a Silverlight Video in a Blog

    In this post, I will describe how to use Windows Live Writer to embed a Silverlight video into a blog post. You will need: (1) an active Windows Azure subscription , (2) an active Windows Azure storage service , (3) a Silverlight video player application with video hosted on Windows Azure , and (4) Windows...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Publishing a Silverlight Video to Windows Azure

    In this post, I will describe how to use Microsoft Expression Encoder 3 to encode and publish a Silverlight video player to a Windows Azure storage account. You will need: (1) an active Windows Azure subscription , (2) an active Windows Azure storage service and (3) installed Microsoft Expression Encoder...
  • Blog Post: Setting up Windows Azure for video storage

    In this post, I assume that you have already provisioned a Windows Azure account and have an active subscription. Step by step instructions for doing this are provided here . The top-level post with a table of contents to all the related posts is here . 1. Go to www.azure.com and click on Account...
  • Blog Post: Provisioning Windows Azure

    In this post, I will show you how to sign-up for Windows Azure. To complete this, you will require: a physical address, a telephone number, a Windows Live ID and a valid credit card. The top-level post with a table of contents to all the related posts is here . 1. Go to www.azure.com – it will...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Videos on Windows Azure

    This is going to be a series of long posts. With Silverlight Streaming (silverlight.live.com) being discontinued , I thought I’d write up the detailed steps required to host videos using Windows Azure. Since many people who host videos using Silverlight Live Streaming are not technical or development...
  • Blog Post: Streaming Media West

    This week, I'm at Streaming Media West in San Jose, California. Seeing the sun, blue skies and relatively warm weather is a pleasant change from the rain swept northwest. Today is a special pre-conference half-day workshop on Live Broadcasting with Silverlight and Windows Media , which my colleague Chris...
  • Blog Post: RAI Smooth Streaming

    A nice demo of SD content using Smooth Streaming: http://www.rai.it/dl/RaiTV/hd/raitvhd.html?v=1
  • Blog Post: CDNetworks Does Smooth Streaming

    CDNetworks, a Korea-based CDN has introduced support for Smooth Streaming and it looks great! You can check it out for yourself by visiting http://www.nextsmooth.com . What’s particularly nice is the demo player shown above. You can see high-quality movie trailers, which have been encoded at seven...
  • Blog Post: CTV Streams HD Content with Silverlight

    CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, has some great high definition content on their HD Beta site . Using Microsoft’s new Smooth Streaming technology , CTV is using Silverlight and Akamai’s CDN to stream high quality content with no stuttering. Not all of the content is geo-locked. You can check...
  • Blog Post: Broadcast News

    Colleagues in the field highlighted a couple of nice broadcast news sites outside the United States using Silverlight. Even better, they aren’t geo-locked so you can have a play with them no matter where you are. And even better if you are French or Italian speaking – they are in your language! ...
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