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An Olympics Recap: How NBC, Microsoft, and Inlet Delivered a large Scale Live IIS Smooth Streaming Event

Mar 12, 2010 3:20 PM

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March 18th, 2010
2:00pm ET

The live streaming of the Olympic Winter Games presented challenges of tremendous scale and complexity, ultimately delivering more than 45 million live streams. Online Olympics viewers enjoyed a vastly improved quality of experience—including the first Olympics to be streamed in HD—thanks to IIS Smooth Streaming.

Standard video on the Web is plagued by two major issues: the quality of the video (either too small or too blurry) and the reliability of the playback (constant rebuffering or stuttering). These two variables are interrelated: increasing the quality requires higher bandwidth, and using less bandwidth to minimize re-buffering sacrifices video quality.

IIS Smooth Streaming solves these issues by dynamically modifying the bandwidth of the video stream based on available bandwidth and individual PC performance. This process is invisible to viewers; they just connect to the live event. If bandwidth drops, the video seamlessly transitions to the next lower stream. When the bandwidth recovers, the stream will automatically use the higher bandwidth. The viewer is able to watch the live event, in the best possible quality at all times, without pauses or interruptions in the video stream.

During this webcast, you will hear from Perkins Miller of NBC, Mark Ramberg of Microsoft, and John Bishop of Inlet Technologies, who will tell you:

  • Why NBC chose Microsoft Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming for the Olympics and what results they saw
  • How Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming were used to create the Vancouver experience
  • How adaptive technology works in a large-scale streaming implementation
  • The importance of time synchronization and teamed encoders
  • How to start delivering your content with IIS Smooth Streaming.

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