updated 02:55 pm EDT, Thu April 8, 2010
Company working with SoC makers for TVs, Blu-ray
Microsoft on Thursday announced several new products and initiatives that will be dully disclosed at next week's NAB show in Las Vegas. The Silverlight team is said to be working with System on a Chip (SoC) makers, such as Intel and Broadcom, to bring Silverlight support to set-top boxes, connected TVs, Blu-ray players, or other devices.
The company is also set to release Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services 4, an update to its media delivery platform built on Windows Server. The latest version allows providers and broadcasters to encode content once and deliver it to Silverlight- and non-Silverlight-enabled devices. Version 4 also supports Smooth multicast streaming, along with third-party encoding products and Microsoft Expression Encoder 4.
Silverlight Media Framework 2.0 is claimed to allow users to distribute media content with almost no coding. The framework is essentially an open-source version of the player used by NBC, NRK and CTV for the recent Olympics coverage.
Microsoft will provide additional details next week at NAB, along with demonstrations at Booth #SL 220.