Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Tomorrow’s presidential inauguration of Barack Obama will be a truly historic event.

Silverlight is being used as an enabling technology on several sites that will allow those of us who can’t be there in person to share the experience online.

Presidential Inaugural Committee

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has worked with iStreamPlanet to enable live and live and on-demand video streaming of the Inauguration events at the official Presidential Inaugural Committee web site: www.pic2009.org. It streamed its first live video on Saturday, with the train ride that took President-elect Obama from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. The official Inaugural swearing-in ceremony, speeches and parade will also be streamed live online on Tuesday, January 20.

 

You can read more about the Presidential Inaugural Committee here.

Update: The site was viewable not just on Windows and Mac systems with Silverlight, but also on Linux systems using Moonlight (the Linux version of Silverlight built by Novell),  You can learn more about the Linux support here.

CNN and MSNBC with Photosynth

CNN and MSNBC are both launching Photosynth viewers that will help capture the Oath of Office experience. They will combine pictures takes from professional photographers with pictures uploaded from people in the crowd to create an interactive Photosynth experience of the event using Silverlight’s built-in DeepZoom feature to deliver an amazing 3D viewing of it.

Check out CNN’s and MSNBC’s pages a few hours after viewers send in their pictures of the inauguration crowd, the President-elect’s raised hand, and everything in between.

You can learn more about Photosynth and Silverlight from the Photosynth team blog here.

CBS Television Stations

CBS Television Stations will be leveraging Silverlight and Move Networks’ streaming services to deliver a live HD streaming experience (up to 2.4 Mpbs) for online viewers. CBS will roll out the experience to a number of major market stations including: Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and New York. Visitors to the CBS sites will be able to watch a variety of inaugural activities, with up to seven camera feeds for live events, as well as reports from CBS reporters on site, and real-time Twitter integration.

You can watch the CBS experience here.

This week will be an exciting part of history.  Hope you get a chance to enjoy experiencing it with Silverlight!

Scott

Published Monday, January 19, 2009 12:21 PM by ScottGu

Comments

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Monday, January 19, 2009 3:33 PM by Ammar ,

Scott,

Welcome back

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Monday, January 19, 2009 4:11 PM by a developer

you said: "Tomorrow’s presidential inauguration of Barack Obama will be a truly historic event.  Silverlight is being used as an enabling technology ..."

so let me get that straight, so tomorrow's presidentail inauguration will be truly historic event because silverlight is being used as an enabling technology? hmmm....

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Monday, January 19, 2009 7:08 PM by Pete

Good luck guys. It's a great technology and a much needed win for MS :)

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Monday, January 19, 2009 9:04 PM by Tom.Lee

I'm waitting for the rc edition of asp.net MVC

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Monday, January 19, 2009 9:42 PM by xiaoqianglinsen

When to post the new ASP.NET MVC RC edition? I can't help waiting for it.

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Monday, January 19, 2009 10:01 PM by Webdiyer

When to post the new ASP.NET MVC RC edition? I can't help waiting for it.

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me too, thanks!!!!

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 12:09 AM by rob

ASP.Net MVC "YES WE CAN" Edition! C'mon!

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 12:39 AM by ScottGu

@Tom (and others)

>>>>>>> I'm waitting for the rc edition of asp.net MVC

The RC release is almost here.  The team is doing final testing on it now. :-)

Thanks,

Scott

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:10 PM by vik20000in

that's really great news. Kudos to the silverlight team. Wish the silver light framework even greater success.

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Monday, January 26, 2009 6:26 PM by FilipEkberg

Silverlight is teh awezome.

Oh my are you finally testing the MVC RC? ;) Good job!

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 8:13 AM by kamii47

Great Success.Congratulation SL Team.

Even more glad when i see SL will be supported on All Operating system where Flash works.(so that i will able to convince the client for its usage.Currently it is very hard.)

I like that in SL3 timing it should be achieved and there should be no need of going for moon light for SL in Linux.IT should be like once develop work for All so that it should become a "true Cross Platform" Independent like Flash.

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 7:18 PM by Anonymous1

Where can I watch and download the 2009 presidential inauguration?

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 11:27 PM by senthil.christcollege@gmail.com

A Good start of the year 2009 for Microsoft Silverlight :-)

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:46 PM by Daniel Crane

I REALLY would love to work for microsoft.  Take a look at my resume profile on LinkedIn, it's not like I don't have any qualifications.

What do you guys think?

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Thursday, January 29, 2009 5:37 PM by James Margey

it would be nice to know how SEO worked for this site, also a response from microsoft about Silverlight's SEO capabilities would be good.

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Thursday, February 12, 2009 6:17 AM by Craig Dunn

>>an interactive Photosynth experience of the event using *Silverlight's* built-in DeepZoom feature to deliver an amazing 3D viewing of it.

Wow that really snuck 'under the radar'. All the notes and links to Moonlight seem to focus on the video streaming/codecs/etc, and not that Photosynth was also made available! I only noticed it today looking at the Miguel's Moonlight post :-)

Any word on when/if Photosynth.xap will be available for others to use?

# re: Silverlight and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Monday, February 23, 2009 12:26 PM by tek

Silverlight for life, lol