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  • 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: 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: 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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