IIS Smooth Streaming Beta Released

It’s been a while since I’ve posted – a bit of a blog break in favor of Twitter and FriendFeed I guess.  But today’s post is one worth noting for Digital Media professionals- the release of the IIS Smooth Streaming module for IIS7.  Why does it matter?  Well, this is in part, the technology that enabled the NBC Olympics experience to deliver buffer-free HD streaming last summer.  Based on that experience and the learnings, this standards-based solution (using HTTP and MPEG-4 container + VC-1, H.264/AAC to come).  Authoring is possible with Expression Encoder 2 update as well.

To learn more about this release visit Ben Waggoner’s blog at On10.net. You can see demos as well at SmoothHD.com (created in partnership with Akamai). I’m sure you’ll  hear more about this at MIX09 as well.

One response to “IIS Smooth Streaming Beta Released”

  1. Smooth Streaming is an IIS Media Services extension, now available in beta it basically enables adaptive streaming of media to Silverlight clients over HTTP. It provides a high-quality viewing experience on content distribution networks making true HD media experiences a reality. It provides companies with a better way to make true HD on the Web a reality. The following the are its highlights, code-free deployment and simplified content management for content creators & content delivery networks and for the end users it brings an improved video viewing experience which would resemble the reliability and quality of television streaming to their video websites.

    Here is some more information on the Download Requirements for the IIs Smooth Streaming Beta.

    The Supported Operating Systems are Windows Server 2008 & Windows Vista and the following system requirements must be met to install the IIS Smooth Streaming Beta Sample Content installation package: You must have a IIS 7.0 running on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista® with Service Pack 1 (SP1). – The IIS Management Console for Internet Information Services 7.0 must be installed to manage the Smooth Streaming module using the IIS 7.0 user interface. – The IIS Smooth Streaming – Beta must be installed.