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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: 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: Silverlight Podcasts

    After a short break, I’m pleased to offer up the latest Silverlight podcast. This time, the topic is accessibility – what it is, why it is important, how to do it in Silverlight and what the implications are for rich media such as video. It features Sean Hayes who is with Microsoft’s Accessibility Business...
  • Blog Post: Alicia Keys Live from the Apollo this Thursday at 6pm PST – Powered by Microsoft Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming

    On Thursday at 6pm Pacific Time, you’re invited to see Alicia Keys perform live ! Watch the exclusive promo below. Our World Live (OWL) , a music marketing and broadcasting company, is partnering with Billboard.com to bring music fans a new internet concert series. Billboardlive.com utilizes OWL's state...
  • 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: Innovative France 24 Silverlight Player (Updated)

    Updated 10/14/2009: Player is now live on the front page of the France 24 website. Changed the link to the new player, which has removed some of the interactive features, no doubt to return later. France 24, the French 24 hour news channel, has introduced a new Silverlight-based player that also uses...
  • Blog Post: Streaming Media Reader’s Choice Awards

    We’ve been nominated in three categories for the 2009 Streaming Media Reader’s Choice Awards. There are 22 categories in all and run the gamut from content to technologies. You can enter your votes here . We’ve been nominated in the following categories: Best Streaming Innovation: Microsoft Smooth Streaming...
  • Blog Post: Roll Up! Roll Up! Get Your Smooth Streaming Here!

    Want to know more about Smooth Streaming in the real world? Join us on Thursday October 15th at 11am Pacific time for a special live web broadcast hosted by Streaming Media Magazine. Dan Rayburn of Streaming Media Magazine will moderate the discussion between our very own Chris Knowlton who is a senior...
  • Blog Post: 70th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

    To celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Netflix is doing two very special events: A live “Songs from Oz” concert in Central Park featuring songs from the movie. The concert is being streamed on-demand using Silverlight Smooth Streaming technology. A special free presentation of the remastered...
  • Blog Post: Canal+ Launches FOOT+ Soccer Channel in Silverlight

    Groupe CANAL, the premiere pay television channel in France with 10.6 million subscribers, is adopting Microsoft Silverlight for their FOOT+ online streaming video service . devoted to covering French and European soccer. FOOT+, which is an additional subscription service to Canal+ customers, provides...
  • 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: DeepZoomPix Coolness

    MSN Brazil is using DeepZoomPix on their site show off pictures from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The DeepZoomPix photo exploration experience engages site visitors, which means they’ll spend longer on the site, which is boon to any site that uses advertising to support its pages. It is also novel...
  • 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: DeepZoomPix: a new way of experiencing photos

    Today, we unveiled an exciting technology demo called DeepZoomPix. It enables you to experience a rich way of interacting with large numbers of high resolution photos. The best part is that you can use your own photos either by direct upload, Facebook or Flickr link, or an image RSS feed. The reason...
  • 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! ...
  • Blog Post: How Netflix does encoding

    Ever wondered how Netflix encodes their video material for their streaming service? This blog post from their chief product office, Neil Hunt, goes into some considerable detail.
  • Blog Post: Netflix Brings "Watch Instantly" to Mac Users with Silverlight

    I love Netflix and I love their Watch Instantly feature, which enabled me to discover and catch up with Heroes, re(discover) classics and watch some admittedly dubious films that I would have never otherwise bothered with. Mostly, I use the feature on my Windows Media Center Edition PC that is plugged...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Galleries in Expression Media 2

    Expression Media 2 features support for creating Silverlight web galleries, which means interactive galleries rather than plain, boring, static HTML, which after all is so 1999. Apart from being animated, fluid and cool, Silverlight galleries are useful too since they make the gallery experience more...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft NAB Booth Video

    Here's some video I shot around the Microsoft booth at NAB , focusing on Expression Encoder . You'll see Brandon, one of our very own Encoder program managers, in the middle of some exceptional demoing. The video is of course hosted using the Silverlight Streaming Service and was encoded using Expression...
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