LiveStation: A Joost killer in Silverlight clothing

LiveStation: A Joost killer in Silverlight clothing

Summary: Update: First off, Ben Homer has what seems to be the very first coverage ever of this, so my apologies. Secondly, my commentors mentioned that this isn't a Microsoft project but actually a Skinker project.

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Update: First off, Ben Homer has what seems to be the very first coverage ever of this, so my apologies. Secondly, my commentors mentioned that this isn't a Microsoft project but actually a Skinker project. Microsoft has a minority stake in Skinkers and they did some work with Microsoft Research, but it's being driven by Skinker. Finally, people are saying this doesn't compete with Joost, and I can buy that. It still seems like they would be competing for similar ad dollars and that their two paths have to converge at some point (Joost doing live TV or LiveStation doing recorded TV). But as of right now, no, LiveStation is not a Joost killer. Sorry about the crazy title.

LiveStation: A Joost killer in Silverlight clothingMicrosoft is unveiling LiveStation which is an application that will enable live television on the desktop. The project uses Silverlight technology and has been touted as Microsoft's attempt at a "Joost killer". I think this is fairly old (the earliest reference I can find is 44 days ago on P2P File sharing)but I just caught it today and there seems to be a swarm of news around it including Mashable, Steve Clayton, D'Technology Weblog, and Ars Technica.

LiveStation

As other people have noted, the big news with LiveStation is that it's using Silverlight and could very easily become Silverlight's killer app. The project is a combined effort by Microsoft Research and Skinkers, a communication platform company. The final version is due out in October but the LiveStation site has a signup form for early beta access. LiveStation differs from Joost in that it actually displays live TV as opposed to Joost's prerecorded shows. That could be a compelling application from both a technology standpoint (live streaming Silverlight content) and a content standpoint (sports anyone?). As I find out more and/or get an invite, I'll post here. In the meantime there are a couple of videos up that talk about LiveStation in detail. It will be interesting to see if this has any implications for Silverlight oustide the browser.

Video 1: LiveStation Demo
Video 2: Interview with Matteo Berlucchi from Skinkers

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Topics: Microsoft, Software Development

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  • Microsoft vs Skinkers

    I have a correction to make: Not Microsoft is unveiling LiveStation, Skinkers is unveiling Livestation. Although Skinkers is backed by Microsoft, it is a minor stake.Livestation is their own initiative. They are developing the platform on technology originally developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge but now they are going forward with their own engineers. And, they're not intending to build a Joost killer. There are differences. They are trying to get live television on the computer.
    Stoneford
    • RE: Microsoft vs Skinkers

      Thanks Stoneford, I updated the post.

      I still think that LiveStation and Joost are on a collision course, but the Joost-killer bit is premature now that I have more information. My bad.
      ryanstewart
  • Large Buffer Option

    I think MS should put a large buffer option into Silverlight video that users can take advantage of. I mean I believe MS should allow users to have videos buffered by 1, 2, 5, or even more minutes, to ensure smooth playback of the videos under a range of Internet connection scenarios. I believe this will go a long way to enhancing the user experience.
    P. Douglas
    • RE: Large Buffer Option

      That would be really cool. Do you know if they're working on anything like that? I wonder if Adobe has something like that in the Flash Player. I hadn't really thought about it in detail before.
      ryanstewart
      • RE: Large Buffer Option

        Where I am now, my ISP connection is anything but smooth. Allowing users to establish large buffering would allow many of them to watch smooth videos, irrespective of the quality of their ISP connection. This would be a big plus for MS and Adobe. Note also what I wrote [url=http://tinyurl.com/ys97fe]here[/url].

        [i]Do you know if they're working on anything like that?[/i]

        I'm sorry but I don't.
        P. Douglas