Major League Baseball dumps Microsoft’s Silverlight

“MLB.com no longer uses Microsoft’s Silverlight to stream games to its 500,000 subscribers. This season fans will watch live and on-demand video via Adobe’s Flash player,” Greg Sandoval reports for CNET.

“In November, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the league’s tech unit, announced it would discontinue using Silverlight, the browser plug-in that MLBAM had signed up for barely a year earlier. The decision was not insignificant,” Sandoval reports. “MLBAM not only runs the profitable MLB.com streaming-video service, the Web’s most successful subscription service, but the group is also influential with other leagues and sporting events. MLBAM handles much of the back-end operations for CBS’ Webcasts of the NCAA Basketball Tournament and this year will do the encoding for the 2009 Masters golf tournament (CBS is the parent company CNET News).”

Sandoval reports, “Baseball never detailed the reasons for dropping Silverlight but sources close to the negotiations between the league and Microsoft said it was a series of glitches and conflicts between the companies that led to the split.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Say it ain’t so: A Microsoft product featuring a “series of glitches?” How can that possibly be? smirk

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Erik D” for the heads up.]

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