MLB.com dumps Microsoft’s Silverlight for Adobe’s Flash

“Microsoft is losing MLB.com, Major League Baseball’s online unit and one of the Web’s most successful subscription services, as a Silverlight customer,” Greg Sandoval reports for CNET.

“MLB Advanced Media said Monday it will use Adobe’s Flash Platform to deliver all live and on-demand video starting next year,” Sandoval reports.

“The deal, announced at the Adobe Max conference running in San Francisco this week, hands Adobe one of the largest and likely most profitable video services out there. MLB.com has signed up more than 1.5 million subscribers since 2003 and streams more than 2,500 regular and postseason games annually. Moreover, MLBAM has been a technological leader and is influential among Web video services,” Sandoval reports.

Full article here.

21 Comments

  1. Should have gone with a good format like QuickTime. My iPhone can’t see Flash yet. That will be between 9 to 49 million fewer smart phone viewers next year.

    Major League Baseball isn’t a no profit group and should keep the high paying viewers in mind.

  2. What will the scumkings do next? Each high profile Silversham site (Oly’s, MLB) that they’ve paid handsomely to use their tech has immediately abandoned the also-ran technology the moment Misrosoft stops paying for the development & promo rights. This silverfish must really stink!!

  3. TSN (Canada’s major sports network) looked in to switching to Silverlight last year.

    TSN.ca posted a Silverlight download link and told visitors that some content could only be viewed by downloading Microsoft’s Silverlight.

    I guess this test didn’t go over very well, even with the jocks, because the Silverlight link and Silverlight-only content disappeared very quickly, and almost a year later, the TSN online video is still all Flash.

  4. “What will the scumkings do next? Each high profile Silversham site (Oly’s, MLB) that they’ve paid handsomely to use their tech has immediately abandoned the also-ran technology the moment Misrosoft stops paying for the development & promo rights. This silverfish must really stink!!”

    Damn, we GET it…you don’t like Microsoft. Sometimes the distance traveled by those to smash a company or a product is ridiculous. I’m not a Microsoft fan by any means but things like this are just douche-inducing.

  5. Here’s a complete list of all websites now exclusively using Silverlight as their content player;

    1. MSN Video

    Oh, wait, my mistake …
    Instead of Silverlight, Microsoft uses Adobe Flash here on their own Microsoft site.
    (Seriously)
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  6. Seems that the only thing that Microsoft’s ‘Just throw more money at it’ strategy is working for is the paid anti-Apple bloggers scheme.

    All other attempts including Silverlight, Zune and Vista have been total failures.

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