NBC dumps Microsoft’s Silverlight after Olympics; goes back to Adobe’s Flash for NFL

“NBC just finished broadcasting the Olympics online with Microsoft’s Silverlight video technology, but the network and the NFL are turning back to Adobe’s Flash for live streaming of Sunday Night Football this fall, and started tonight with the season opener between the NY Giants and the Washington Redskins,” Michael Learmonth reports for Silicon Alley Insider.

“The Olympics online were a joint production between NBC and Microsoft, and an opportunity for Microsoft to build a user base for Sillverlight, its new media player. But Flash has a much larger installed base: Adobe says it’s installed on 98% of Internet-connected desktops,” Learmonth reports.

“Microsoft, meanwhile, said that during the Olympics, 40 million US to visitors NBCOlympics.com didn’t yet have Silverlight installed,” Learmonth reports.

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  1. Just read the attached article and found it interesting that Microsoft is playing the “Just because we are not the majority player does not mean that we are not good” card.

    Of course they also like to play the, “We are the majority player in OS so we must be the best, forget those up and coming players”.

    I guess if you are Microsoft, you get used to saying what ever makes you look good since its all about sales and not customer.

    HMMMmmmmm. Didnt Steve Jobs say something like that a number of years ago??? Something about sales running the company???? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Just a thought.


  2. of the two, I think silverlight is actually much better, one of the few things I think microsoft has ever done remotely well..

    if you have not checked it out, download it and look at some demo’s of what it is capable of

    wow I actually gave microsoft a compliment, quick someone smack me!

  3. Erk,

    Consider yourself smacked.

    I’m not exactly sure if what you’re saying is even relevant. Flash is out there and everyone has it. Silverlight duplicates its functionality and nobody has it. It would have to be dramatically better than Flash in order to justify mass migration.

    Is there a reason why everyone seems to be confusing possessive form with plural (demo’s v.s demos)? When I learned my English (in high school), they told me that plural does NOT use apostrophe. Were there any changes in English grammar since the 70’s?

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