Playing with JSON

I recently started to play with JSON. One of the immediate issues I found was reading the results that were returned from an API call. IE prompted me to save them to a file. Firefox dutifully displayed them in the browser, but completely unformatted. eyalp’s JSON Viewer on CodePlex has three viewers, one of which…


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 Knowlton is running. We’re videotaping it for posterity…


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 Smooth Streaming to…


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 Encoding Software (Under $1,000): Microsoft Expression Encoder 3…


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 program manager in…


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 movie itself on Sunday October 3rd…


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 live and on-demand access to French and European soccer including the French Ligue…


Tech-Ed Japan Smooth Streamed

Tech-Ed Japan 2009 has embraced Smooth Streaming. You can watch the keynote (in Japanese) for a few more days here. Enjoy!


A Small Production System – Disk Performance

Uncompressed (or lightly compressed) video needs lots of disk space. More than that, if you’re capturing live video, that disk capacity needs to be fast. I’m using a Blackmagic Intensity Pro video capture card. It will capture 1080p uncompressed if your system can support that. It comes with a handy Disk Speed Test that measures…


A Small Production System – Current Status

We’re doing more and more video work in my team, the latest being some of the videos used for our Expression 3/Silverlight 3 launch in San Francisco last week. You’ll be able to see some of these on soon. Because one of the standout features of Silverlight 3 is Smooth Streaming, our adaptive streaming…