Linked by weildish on Tue 20th Jan 2009 02:13 UTC
In the News Those up top (the Presidential Inaugural Committee) chose to utilize Microsoft's Silverlight technology to stream the upcoming inaugural events for the new president of the United States. Though Microsoft certainly likes this idea, this leaves out thousands of people in the US and elsewhere who still cannot run Silverlight or an open source alternative on their systems from viewing the streamed video online. Update by Thom: Linux and PowerPC Mac fans rejoice, as they can watch the inauguration as well using Moonlight. Migel De Icaza wrote: "Microsoft worked late last night to get us access to the code that will be used during the inauguration so we could test it with Moonlight." Microsoft and the Moonlight team fixed this issue in one afternoon, so it might be a little rough.
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Who's paying the bandwidth bill?
by mckill on Tue 20th Jan 2009 07:00 UTC
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I bet MS will be footing a part of the bandwidth bill (if not all of it) for this, and I seriously doubt Adobe would offer anything other than demand stupid licensing fees. Flash and Silverlight are basically just as bad, they're closed solutions.

For those claiming Flash has more users because Mac/PPC users can use it, do you realize how shitty Flash is on Mac OS? You basically need a quad core Core2 to handle a decent stream. The majority of Mac users are now Intel users anyways, it doesn't make sense for MS to support older platforms for projects going forward.

Sadly there isn't anything available that allows for open streaming content, hopefully that will change with HTML5 <video> tag/mp4.

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