Watching the Olympics on NBC.com

Rating: 5 WaterTowers

OK..this is COOL

I went to the nbc.com web site and signed up (all you need is your Zip code and browser…yes, Firefox works). Remember I have a Toshiba Laptop running Windows XP. Nothing fancy, nothing out of the ordinary.

NBC is streaming live video using Microsoft Silverlight.

Yikes! I never heard of Silverlight but here is a blurb at the front of their web site:

Light Up the Web
Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.

Hmmmm, ok….great marketing, but…..does it work?

Yup…and YeOldeTechy says: This is super cool.

Cross browser….great thinking Microsoft! About time…errr, did I say that?

Anyway…..here is what you have to do:

1. Go to http://www.nbc.com
2. On the right (top corner) there is a sign up for streaming video…enter your Zip code.
3. Follow the procedures to download and use the Microsoft Silverlight.
4. Wade thru the menus and options to find what you want to watch.

I watched some LIVE (well maybe not really live, but…..) tennis and now have Yacht Racing (if you consider a one person surfboard thingy a Yacht) on…..WOW.

The control panel (below) lets you watch one of 4 live events. Apparently, as I watch this, there is only one event live. I will check later to see if the 4 events pop up. (NOTE: there are smaller windows on the left set of windows labeled 2, 3, and 4 that you can click…those fill in the empty slots so you can switch between them easily…..this is great).

Also, you get the video without commentary (a good thing sometimes) or you can select commentary. I tried it and have yet to hear commentary…I’ll keep trying.

Go U.S.A.

Gotta love the Internet…..streaming video ROCKS.

If you like this, check out VUDU….THAT is streaming video at it’s BEST.

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About Mike Pihlman

I am the Director of ForCarol.com a 501c3 non-profit that awards college scholarships to Tracy, CA scholars in honor of my daughter's best friend, and our part-time daughter, Carol Phan who we lost on Sept 18, 2010. I am a: Book Review (TracyReaderDad.com), Technology (TechyMike.com), and Movie Review (ForCarol.com) blogger.

Posted on August 12, 2008, in Streaming Video and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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