For those fans who either can’t get enough Olympic coverage or don’t want to be distracted with events they don’t care about, NBC has a web alternative. NBC Olympics on the GO will provide Olympic events using Wave Express’ TV Tonic Client to provide sport by sport computer coverage. Only on computers using VISTA.
Yep, you read that right. Mac, Linux, and XP users need not even try. If your computer doesn’t have VISTA home premium or ultimate, and Silverlight your computer won’t get the NBC coverage that will be offered.
NBC will be using several Wave Express TV Tonic channels to provide sport by sport coverage. Events will be able to be downloaded within about 12 hours after the end of an event. The downloads will not be playable after the end of the Olympic games. So real time viewing will still require NBC coverage on the old TV.
MSN will also be promoted on NBCOlympics.com. The Olympics will also be a prominently featured on MSN.com. What a sweet deal for Microsoft, especially when VISTA is getting such bad press and Silverlight is so poorly known.
Silverlight, as many may or may not remember, is Microsoft’s competitor for Adobe’s Flash. Silverlight is not nearly as well known as Flash, especially since most web applications that offer streaming capabilities require Adobe’s FlashPlayer.
This little sweet heart deal with NBC Olympics has effectively cut Adobe out in favor of the less well known Microsoft product. Silverlight has probably been downloaded onto any VISTA enabled computer that has automatic downloads turned on. Most people probably wonder why they need it. Now they know. In order to watch the 2008 summer Olympics you have to have Silverlight as well as the two higher end VISTA offerings.
For those who haven’t gotten Silverlight yet, you can download it here for free. VISTA you still have to pay for.