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Microsoft's Silverlight Boss Scott Guthrie on SYS-CON.TV Adobe's Flash Player, the de facto standard for video on the Web, now has a rival: a cross-platform Web browser plug-in from Microsoft called Silverlight. Designed to present HD video on the web, the Silverlight 1.0 was released today. Silverlight, which enables designers and developers to build rich media experiences and .NET-based RIAs for the web, was announced earlier this year by Nicrosoft at its MIX conference in Las Vegas. Focused on enabling rich media scenarios in a browser, some of the features of Silverlight include, according to Microsoft's Scott Guthrie: Built-in codec support for playing VC-1 and WMV video, and MP3 and WMA audio within a browser.  The VC-1 codec is a big step forward for incorporating media within a web experience - since it supports very efficiently playing high-quality, high defin... (more)

SYS-CON Events Announces iTVcon Internet TV Conference & Expo 2007

Just as 2006 was the year of streaming video and the birth of "Internet TV," 2007 is going to see the move beyond infancy toward the long-awaited and complete convergence of television and the Internet. Now that broadband is available to more than 100 million households worldwide, every corporate Website and every media company will now provide video content, not to mention live and interactive video Webinars and on-demand Webcasts, in order to remain competitive. Internet TV is wide open, it is global, and in true “Web 2.0” spirit it is a direct-to-consumer opportunit... (more)

Internet Video Update: First "Webisode" of Quarterlife Will Air on MySpaceTV

Emmy-winning television show creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are teaming up with MySpaceTV to distribute their new online series, "Quarterlife." The first "Webisode" will air on MySpaceTV November 11. “When Emmy award-winning producers come to MySpaceTV you know this is reaching a whole new level,” said Chris DeWolfe, CEO of MySpace. “We’re proud to offer the creative community a blank canvas and open platform to express their vision.” “This is the most exciting project I’ve worked on in a very long time, and part of that is the l... (more)

iTVCon - Starts Next Monday! Check Out the Full Speaker Lineup

Your video on the Internet: just how realistic is it? What about the major networks, how are they navigating the unknown waters of online video distribution? Is making HD Video for the Web a reality? How can companies monetize their Internet video audiences? These are just a handful of the hundreds of key questions being addressed by the speaker faculty in just over two weeks' time at iTVCon - Internet Video Conference & Expo.. Internet video has shifted programming into the hands of Web users instead of television viewers. Internet Video / Internet TV - or iTV for short - is wide... (more)

Internet TV + Gaming = Bill Gates' Newest Device: Microsoft Chairman Introduces IPTV on Xbox 360

During Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' keynote address yesterday at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), he announced a new solution that will bring together two of Microsoft's leading entertainment products: the Xbox 360 gaming console and the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software platform. The combination creates a unique digital entertainment offering: IPTV on Xbox 360. It is expected to be available to consumers by holiday season 2007 and will be offered by providers that are deploying TV services over broadband networks based on the IPTV Edition software platf... (more)