Thanks to HTML5, Streaming Movies on Netflix Might Suck Less

Netflix currently uses Microsoft's Silverlight plugin to run its streams. It's an inelegant solution that sometimes makes for subpar and bogged down streaming experiences. But Silverlight is possibly dying! And Netflix wants to get better! So Netflix is planning to move on from streaming on Silverlight and move… » 4/15/13 9:19pm 4/15/13 9:19pm

Netflix Watch Instantly for Mac Now Live (for Beta Users)

As we reported last Sunday, Netflix Watch Instantly » 11/02/08 4:30pm 11/02/08 4:30pm was "coming soon" for Mac users. Well, coming soon is today, dear readers. If you're into being a beta user, head over to Netflix to , and give her a try. Of course, there are a few things to understand before you start streaming. You'll need to download Microsoft's…

Skyfire Mobile Browser Now Supports Microsoft Silverlight (Plus 100…

While it's long supported Flash » 8/16/08 3:15pm 8/16/08 3:15pm, the Skyfire mobile browser now plays nice with Microsoft Silverlight-basically, Microsoft's version of Flash, which is what you'll need to watch streaming video at the NBC Olympics site. Meaning yes, on your S60 or Windows Mobile phone if you're stuck in traffic or something. If…

Olympics Watching: Ultimate PC/HDTV Strategy Guide

The 2008 Olympics have begun, and now that we've had a few days to digest the coverage, we've found the best (and worst) things about watching the games online and on your TV. Those of us stuck here in America and not lucky enough to own Vista must deal with NBC's often delayed event broadcasts. Sure, if it's American… » 8/11/08 5:00pm 8/11/08 5:00pm

NY Times Reader for Mac Beta: Free for Now

Not so hot on the heels of its Microsoft-built Windows-based counterpart, the Times Reader beta has been made available for all members of Although a Silverlight install is required, it's relatively painless and a small price to pay for Reader's efficient news presentation and old-timey typefaces. There… » 5/22/08 8:46pm 5/22/08 8:46pm

Hi Ho Silverlight? Microsoft Windows Mobile Gets PDF and Flash Friendly

Microsoft just signed a deal to license Adobe's Flash Lite and Reader PDF formats for Windows Mobile. There's no word yet on when this will appear in the operating system itself, but it's a nice show of openness. It also means two things:
1) Microsoft's Flash competitor, Silverlight, may not be cutting the mustard,… » 3/17/08 9:22am 3/17/08 9:22am

Nokia to Support Microsoft Silverlight Web Video

Nokia has committed to bring Microsoft Silverlight video services to its S60 devices. Further, Nokia will also add support for the video content to its S40-based handsets at later stages. Given the immense market penetration of Nokia's Symbian- based cellphones, this partnering will have a large effect on mobile… » 3/04/08 4:19am 3/04/08 4:19am

NBC To Put 3,600 Hours of 2008 Olympic Games on MSN (in Silverlight)

In his CES keynote tonight, Bill Gates (and Bob Costas) announced that NBC would broadcast 3,600 hours of games from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics via MSN on the site. The video will be both live and on demand, with over 30 simultaneous live broadcasts. The cool thing is that finally, people who… » 1/06/08 10:20pm 1/06/08 10:20pm

Microsoft Silverlight Pits High Def WMV Against Flash For Web Streaming

Seeing as the rise of YouTube and Google video has pretty much made Adobe's Flash the de facto standard for Web streaming, you'd have to be a fool to try and introduce a browser plug-in for a new format. Either a fool, or a company with deep pockets. How deep? Try "This is madness! This is Sparta!" deep. Yeah, it's… » 4/16/07 10:00am 4/16/07 10:00am