Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2008 09:58 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Internet & Networking Apparantly, Silverlight is doing well. It was announced [.wmv] at a MIX '08 keynote that Silverlight is being installed on internet users' machines at a rate of 1.5 million per day. Silverlight is being used in places like Netflix and to webcast over 3000 hours of the 2008 Olympic Games.
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by nutshell42 on Tue 11th Mar 2008 20:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Microsoft update service"
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Can Flash adjust video quality on the fly based on your connection speed? Silverlight can. It is a great feature that they demonstrated.

And I'll be happy never to see that "feature" in the wild.
If a server's too slow I don't want it to downgrade me to stamp-sized video. I'll just pause the video, read something else and come back 5 mins later. And don't tell me that doesn't work with live events. It does, you just get gradually de-live-d =). Better you see the end of the 100m 10sec later than the rest of the world, instead of viewing it at 128x32 pixels.

One more thing --- servers can be set to send only a few seconds of video in advance of your current 'position' in the stream and will stop sending the data if connection breaks. This can save a lot of bandwidth.

Another "feature" I hate. One of the great things about Flash is that you can save the vids.
Note to movie comps: Allowing me to save trailers to hd is not the first step in a chain of events that will lead to me downloading all your movies and stealing cars to finance my crack addiction (we know those two go hand in hand).

If Google goes bankrupt over Youtube's bandwidth costs, it's certainly not because of the overhead of dropped connections.

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