Microsoft’s Silverlight takes aim at set-top boxes

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 8:30am
Mike Robuck

Microsoft will be showcasing several new products and initiatives at next week’s National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, including its Silverlight platform streaming video to set-top boxes and other devices.

Microsoft has been working with system-on-a-chip (SoC) vendors Broadcom and Intel to stream video content across multiple screens, including set-top boxes, connected TVs, Blu-ray players and other devices.

At NAB, Microsoft will demonstrate how Silverlight for SoCs will enable consumer electronics manufacturers to deliver native Silverlight support in future products. This means that content owners can deliver high-definition programming to the living room, with all of the benefits of Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming – such as adaptive bit rate streaming over standard Internet connections, DVR-like capabilities and support for Microsoft PlayReady digital rights management – on Broadcom BCM7420- and Intel CE4100-based devices for the connected home.

“Our vision is to bring Silverlight to every screen, and as we continue to expand the capabilities and resources for Silverlight and IIS Media Services, it’s exciting to see the amazing ways our customers use these technologies to deliver outstanding media experiences for their end users,” said Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the .Net Developer Platform at Microsoft. “We’ve brought together great tools and a great platform to provide content owners and broadcasters a great business opportunity.”

Yesterday, Microsoft also unveiled details about its Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services 4 and announced the upcoming release of Silverlight Media Framework 2.0.

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