Media Center Uses Flash For Some Internet TV Video Playback

by Jon Davis 24. October 2009 19:14

With Windows 7 installed, the Media Center desktop showed “Star Trek” (the original series) as something I could watch. I clicked on it (as something to laugh at), Media Center came up, it asked me to agree to the terms of Internet TV, and then it showed me three seasons of Star Trek to choose from. I selected an episode, and it showed me another dialog, asking me to agree to the terms of installing the Internet TV Update for Adobe Flash! So apparently the show runs on Flash video.

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Why is this a big deal? Because Microsoft already has a lot already invested in video streaming and their own technologies compete with Flash. Why would they use Flash on their own Media Center? Was it because CBS refused to reencode their videos to WMV? Or does this mean that Microsoft has already caved?

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
 
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of jondavis.net have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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