Microsoft releases IIS Smooth Streaming, announces industry momentum at NAB
Today, at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, NV, Microsoft took another step in furthering its vision to offer superior online media experiences to consumers around the world. This morning, Microsoft announced:
- The release of Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS) Smooth Streaming for powering high quality, true HD (1080p) online media experiences, and demonstrated end-to-end delivery of live streams via Akamai's AdaptiveEdge Streaming for Microsoft Silverlight.
- Industry-leading media customers including HSN, NBCOlympics.com, RAI, TV 2 and CTV announced their plans to adopt IIS Smooth Streaming.
- Broad industry support for IIS Smooth Streaming solutions from key Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), encoding product vendors, and Digital Rights Management (DRM) Application Service Providers.
IIS Smooth Streaming delivers dynamic HD video to viewers around the world with minimal buffering and fast start-up times, creating a nearly stutter-free online media experience. Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming have been used to power some of the most-watched online media events in recent months, including the 2008 Democratic National Convention and CBSSports.com’s presentation of the 2009 NCAA March Madness Men’s Basketball Tournament. Additionally, NBCOlympics.com showed their continued support of Silverlight at MIX’09 by announcing it will utilize IIS Smooth Streaming to broadcast live and on-demand HD coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.