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June 24th, 2008, 10:38 PM
NBC and Microsoft is providing coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to everyone on the web so we can enjoy all the exciting coverage of the 2008 Olympics.Ummm to everyone who is just running Vista and Silerlight only. That means Mac, Linux, and XP Window's users are left out in the cold, aaahh the XP users are really feeling the love now I bet.


June 24th, 2008, 10:41 PM
8% of the world will be able to watch this.

June 24th, 2008, 10:50 PM
Wow. It's so sad they can actually do this and get away with it.

June 24th, 2008, 11:06 PM
The author of this blog misread the original post on Ars. Anyone who installs Silverlight will be able to watch this. The Vista only part refers to some kind of addon channel they've put into Vista Media Center to allow you to watch olympic coverage from within that app.

June 24th, 2008, 11:07 PM
can you install silverlight in ubuntu?

June 24th, 2008, 11:12 PM
I think there is a thing called moonlight for linux but don't know if its ready.

June 24th, 2008, 11:12 PM
it's not in the repos.

June 24th, 2008, 11:19 PM
It's still dumb when most of the world uses flash anyway

June 24th, 2008, 11:31 PM
It's still dumb when most of the world uses flash anyway

Don't get me wrong, I don't agree with it at all. I just wanted to correct the errors in the original post.

June 24th, 2008, 11:43 PM
You can install Silverlight in XP. It works fine.

Here is a link to the Moonlight project page on the Mono site.


June 24th, 2008, 11:50 PM
What a horrible implemtation. I was using silverlight the other day. It was worse than flash.

June 24th, 2008, 11:51 PM
The close minded companies such as Microsoft don't consider the larger ramification by cutting out large portion of web users around the world. This is moot because Microsoft is trying to get into the advertising business and this works against its own business plan.

June 25th, 2008, 01:45 AM
I'm really tired of this stuff.
Sometimes I hate businesses.

Everybody wants you to install some stupid codec/player that does the same things as some other stupid codec/player to watch content online. Have they ever heard of standardisation? Imagine if you had to download different browsers to go to various websites. The current state of affairs with multimedia content on the web is almost as bad.

I'll pass.

June 25th, 2008, 06:37 AM
I agree blow the dust off the TV and watch the games.

June 25th, 2008, 08:17 AM
8% of the world will be able to watch this.

I though there is only 3% have internet connection in the world. And about 80% of that 3% are using Windows. and less than 50% are using vista, that will be make about 8,014,632 people are able to watch it. if the world has about 667886000 people at that time. So that is about the population of Hong Kong. Which mean very very few people can watch it. (People who crash their computer before they actually connect to the video is not included)

June 25th, 2008, 08:32 AM
NBC executives should be more computer literate, as they are cutting off viewers.

June 25th, 2008, 08:49 AM
I think there is a thing called moonlight for linux but don't know if its ready.

There are packages available here: http://www.go-mono.com/moonlight/

I've never tried it.. but it sounds really buggy at this point, and it's still in Alpha...

June 25th, 2008, 10:55 AM
Microsoft Silverlight is better at rendering vector graphics I feel.. and rendering all around..
Flash has a lot of vertical sync issues to me.

They should really just stream it in media players cause Flash's video isn't that good especially with stretching it to full screen.

June 25th, 2008, 11:01 AM
But if Ubuntu users have moonlight, OSX and XP users have silverlight, then surely all that's needed now for non-vista users is a modification to the user-agent to disguise as vista...

In reality though, I expect they'll drop this method when NBC realise half their staff can't watch the olympics :p

June 25th, 2008, 11:05 AM
That's the usual upgrade or we'll kill this dog tactics of M$.

I mean you can't even visit their website without a silverlight popup.

June 25th, 2008, 12:09 PM
I am assuming it would be limited to American viewers only. As other countries have their own Olympic coverage.

June 25th, 2008, 12:26 PM
I would assume so as well. But again, there'd be plenty of ways to bypass any restrictions they'd put on that.. i.e a US-based proxy :D

June 25th, 2008, 01:12 PM
Could they get moonlight easy and stable enough in time for us linux/Ubuntu users to use!

July 7th, 2008, 04:20 AM
The "just use your TV" option would be nice, except that for people without cable (me) who want to see something not available on network tv (fencing), this really sucks a lot. I just realized what was going on this evening when I was trying to get it to work.

Sad that all my effort to install the w32codecs was for nothing.

July 7th, 2008, 04:33 AM
I have Vista on dual boot, so I can see it :)

July 7th, 2008, 04:43 AM
Hate to stick even a toe in the windows world.