Internet TV to get Silverlight

Maven Networks, which provides hosting services for Internet TV, will announce Wednesday plans to add Microsoft's new Silverlight technology as a video delivery vehicle. The company is collaborating with Microsoft on this endeavor. Through Silverlight, Maven's customer base of professional media companies will be able to leverage familiar Windows Media technology as well as workflow automation, publishing, and player creation capabilities of the Maven Internet TV platform.

A rival to Adobe's Flash technology, Silverlight currently is in a beta release stage. It provides for cross-platform, broadband video experiences, Maven said. Maven's plans call for supporting Silverlight when it is available later this summer, said Todd Boes, vice president of product management. Templates will be launched in the Maven Internet TV platform to support Silverlight, he said.

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Silverlight doesn NOT have to rely on .Net or ASP.NET... Its portable, meaning it runs on any other platform... It is not a SYSTEM object, its web-oriented, a simple plugin... Flash runs on Mac too...

Go to Silverlight.com and install the plugin for your Mac PC. Done.

And yes Silverlight is more powerful than Flash, a couple hundred times.

I don't even know who these guys are, but I'm pretty sure that it's going to hard for anyone to support Silverlight when Flash is doing so well, not to mention Adobe having great development environments like Flex, the new Actionscript 3, a gazillion components, regular Flash Professional IDE and amazing video support + almost 90% flash player support. The reasons to use Silverlight have to be truly compelling which I don't think will be the case.

Except that from what have been demonstrated by silverlight so far it is.

it's faster, smallers and loads up faster, and it just "feel2 better somehow, like Flash tends to feels low and laggy, silverlight it just there and responds instantly.

But more importantly they're talkign ab out media delivry here, and in this area, silverlight is definately lightyears ahead of flash.
Also it's a plugin, people enter a site that needs silverlight, and they're asked to install it, silverlight is really small and fast to install and is done before you even are aware it's started installing. MS really outdid themselves with silverlight, and it's not only a worthy competitor to Flash, it crushes it.


Personally I hate flash sites, the only thin I can barely accept is usage of flash to add clocks or soemthign to the site graphics. just keep it away form buttons or other crap, and full flash sites, the only thing that's worse that sites designed fully in AJAX(so youc an't nacigate the site properly witht he browser, but need to use the site built in navgation not to breakit). except flash unlike Ajax not only breaks navigation it takes forever to load is rarely done well, and just cause slow browsing as the only reason they used it is to add animation to everything.

silverlight on the other hand, every site and demosntration of it has been seamless and just worked, looks good reacts fast. and it doesn't have the stigma that Flash has.

HawkMan said,
Except that from what have been demonstrated by silverlight so far it is.

it's faster, smallers and loads up faster, and it just "feel2 better somehow, like Flash tends to feels low and laggy, silverlight it just there and responds instantly.

But more importantly they're talkign ab out media delivry here, and in this area, silverlight is definately lightyears ahead of flash.

Yes, ofcourse it is. Maybe because it's hardware accelerated and Flash is completely multiplatform, scaling from PCs all the way down to cell phones?

In any case, Adobe has a successor to Flash in development. Microsoft and its deceitful Windows-centric ways is doomed. Unless it cleans up its act.

HawkMan said,
In any case, Adobe has a successor to Flash in development. Microsoft and its deceitful Windows-centric ways is doomed. Unless it cleans up its act.

Umm... Silverlight is going to be multiplatform as well, and because it uses .NET I think it'll put Flash WAY in it's place. Flash is too difficult for developers and Silverlight is just, well, easy. However, because Flash hasn't had much competition it's the defacto standard

parithon said,

Umm... Silverlight is going to be multiplatform as well, and because it uses .NET I think it'll put Flash WAY in it's place. Flash is too difficult for developers and Silverlight is just, well, easy. However, because Flash hasn't had much competition it's the defacto standard :(

Sorry Im not really familiar with .net and silverlight but when you said it uses .net then multiplatform, how does that work? there's no .net in unix or mac, right?

teejaydm said,
Sorry Im not really familiar with .net and silverlight but when you said it uses .net then multiplatform, how does that work? there's no .net in unix or mac, right?

Straight from the hourses mouth:
MicrosoftĂ‚® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.

Here is another link you could visit:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=4949