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 is being discontinued. 1. Connect to your SLS site by going to…


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 iframe that…


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 Live Writer installed….


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 3. The top-level post with a…


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 – it…


Hosting Videos on Windows Azure

This is going to be a series of long posts. With Silverlight Streaming ( 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-inclined and rely on the Expression Encoder and Windows Live…


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 Unit….


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 to bring music fans a new internet concert series. utilizes OWL’s state-of-the-art technology, powered by Microsoft Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming…


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…