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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Don't even need Flash
by Earl Colby pottinger on Tue 20th Jan 2009 16:54 UTC
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I am running BeOS, yet I can still download and view .flv files using VLC. VLC also supports an number of streaming video formats. The idea that you must have Flash or SilverLight is stupid.

But to me, more stupid is the idea of not having the video available in downloadable DIVX files. This is something that people will probably want to have on thier computer/player years from now to review.

If only in the schools. Why would you want to depend on an outside streaming server?

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