The Olympic Games Streaming To A Linux Distro Near You?

by M. David Peterson

Sam Ruby: Exclusive Content

As per the above link, Sam Ruby recently pointed to an announcement from S. Somasegar which stated,

We have signed an agreement to partner with NBC Universal to build a Silverlight 2.0 based web broadcast of the 2008 Summer Olympic games. This agreement also sets MSN as the official home of the 2008 Summer Olympics.


At first I didn't get what should have been Sam's obvious point (he attached the Moonlight logo (in SVG format, none-the-less, which for those running IE would be unable to view... That Sam Ruby, I tell ya... always the sly one ;-)) inline to the post), something he clarified in a follow-up to my follow-up,


providing a useful service that the rest of us can benefit from


Define “us”. Does it include me?


Of course "me" links to http://www.unbuntu.com, suggesting in no uncertain terms the question,

Is "Silverlight" += "Moonlight" the same thing as,

... a Silverlight 2.0 based web broadcast of the 2008 Summer Olympic games


Or in other words, will I be able to gain access to those same streams regardless of whether I am running Silverlight on Windows or Moonlight on [choose your favorite Linux distro.]?

My assumption is yes, but as Sam points out in another follow-up to my follow-up,

it seems you are suggesting that this same content will not be available to those running Moonlight.


The announcement doesn’t say...


Anyone in the know care to clarify?


4 Comments

Sam Ruby
2008-01-09 11:05:03
My hand-crafted mock-up of the Moonlight icon is "exclusive" to every browser that implements a standard that was published in 2000. As an end user, I'm pretty confident that you can find such a browser.


What are the chances that someone with a iPhone will be able to watch the "exclusive" web broadcast of the 2008 Olympic games? As an end user, what would you have to depend on happening in order to have this in place by August?

M. David Peterson
2008-01-09 11:52:51
@Sam,


>> My hand-crafted mock-up of the Moonlight icon is "exclusive" to every browser that implements a standard that was published in 2000. <<


Hand crafted? *NICE*! You can find a few more flavors @ http://groups.google.com/group/mono-olive/browse_thread/thread/7546c1fc3fa384c2/eea75f4f86c272c5 (SVG, I believe, was the first vector format produced, followed-up by a XAML version to fill the gaping wide ironic hole ;-)


>> As an end user, I'm pretty confident that you can find such a browser. <<


I'm pretty sure you can too... ;-)


>> What are the chances that someone with a iPhone will be able to watch the "exclusive" web broadcast of the 2008 Olympic games? <<


Umm... Zero?


>> As an end user, what would you have to depend on happening in order to have this in place by August? <<


Microsoft acquiring Apple? Steve Jobs coming on to take BillG's soon to be vacant spot? Not sure, but if I were J Allard I'd be working every possible angle I could to ensure that the Zune has just such capabilities in place by that same date, and be striking deals with everyone from Starbucks to all of the remaining U.S. phone carriers who's names aren't AT&T to provide wireless access to this same content at heavily discounted rates. My iPhone might look cooler and function better than my Zune, but if I've got wireless access to thousands of hours of interactive content during the Olympic games, I'm not sure my iPhone is going to be used all that much during that 3 week period.


Some might believe that Apple/iPod/iPhone are untouchable, but that's what they said about Sony and the Playstation, and we all know how that played out. J Allard has proven he's in the game to win. We're talking about interactive content here. The XBox is all about interactive content, so I'd be surprised if he didn't start getting a bit more aggressive with combining XBox+Zune+Silverlight+whatever else he/they might have up their sleeve(s). They've got the resources. And now they have the content deal. Do they have the time to pull it all together?


Guess we'll find out... ;-)

Miguel de Icaza
2008-01-19 08:58:48
Sam,


If the iPhone opens its entire development stack (how and to what extent it will be opened up, is still up in the air) it should be possible to port Moonlight to it (although it probably would be easier for MS to support as its probably just a recompile away for them.


But I never thought of the iPhone as a beacon of open standards. Seems like an odd sample to pick to herald open standards. In fact, it seems that Apple has gone out of their way to keep its features locked:


* It renders YouTube through a special agreement with Google, avoiding the use of Flash or any other standard codecs.


* It has a new proprietary and closed protocol to communicate with the device so no music syncing is possible from non-iTunes providers.


* Strong lock into iTunes and iTunes related features. Its hard to even find a more closed ecosystem than that (particularly painful since the device is very popular, and wont work with Linux).


Miguel.

Miguel de Icaza
2008-01-19 09:02:21
Btw, if you *really* need Silverlight content on your iPhone, you can port Moonlight.


Some folks ported the engine to MacOS X (it took a couple of hours, tops). The only issue is implementing the plugin to Safari on the iPhone.


We have no plans on doing that (Novell) after all, we are a Linux vendor. But in the best FOSS tradition "we are taking patches".


Miguel.