Monday, January 07, 2008

2008 Olympics and Silverlight

beijing2008rz Last month I had posted Microsoft Silverlight and Cricket where a Twenty-20 Cricket Tournament, ICL was also available as live feed using Silverlight Streaming. One was able to watch all the matches Live using Silverlight. It was a smooth experience watching the video powered by Silverlight.

Now comes another bigger news. 2008 Summer Olympic Games which will be held in Beijing from 08-08-08 has signed an agreement with Microsoft to partner with NBC Universal to build a Silverlight 2.0 based web broadcast. This agreement also sets MSN as the official home of the 2008 Summer Olympics. 

Somasegar's weblog reports ,

"As a part of this, we will provide users with exclusive access to over 3000 hours of live and on-demand video content via Silverlight streaming.  This means that viewers can access every minute of every event.  Additionally, the amount of meta-data attached to each of the streams will be extensive and include links to player bios, medal counts, shortcuts to particular events (i.e. athlete x’s third long-jump attempt), maps of the Olympic facilities, pop-up overlays with real-time event alerts, headlines, video search capabilities, etc. "

That's a huge boost to Silverlight, redefining sports content online, considering the vastness and richness of any Olympics games. Great going Silverlight !! I am sure it will be a very rich experience viewing this on-demand video content.

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