NBC Prepared For Winter Olympics, Adds Silverlight Player And Facebook Connect

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted November 4, 2009 0 comments

Are you ready for the Winter Olympics? With the Olympics still 100 days away, NBC sure is. They made some changes to their site, NBCOlympics.com, for that.
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Just as last year with the Summer Olympics there will be a Video Player based on Microsoft Silverlight which will deliver full HD videos. But that’s not all! This year the video player will have DVR-like functionality, with the ability to rewind the video, highlight clips and save them. How awesome is that? But wait, that’s still not all, the video player also incorporates Facebook Connect, so you can immediately share your favorite videos with your friends.
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More share options are: Windows Live, Twitter, Digg, De.licio.us and Reddit.

As you may have noticed in the screenshot above, International users may be disappointed as due to Olympic broadcasting regulations, NBC is only allowed to show Olympic competition video on the internet to users in the United States and U.S. Territories (including Puerto Rico). Users outside of those locations will still have access to an extensive set of non-event video content on NBCOlympics.com though.

The site, according to TechCrunch, will also include Deep Zoom photo galleries and slideshows, so you can zoom in to every detail you’d like to see. I have yet to find out where those are, found pictures and slideshows yep, but zoomable ones…nope. Maybe that part hasn’t been updated yet? What I see sure differs from the screenshot at TechCrunch.

Also on site are Medal Counts, TV listings, headlines etc. etc. So yea, even without the competition vids there’s enough to see for international users too. Go on, have a look, the site went live today! Oohh, and ehh if you do find those zoomable pictures, let us know in the comments below.

Posted November 4th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
Category: News
Tags: Facebook, Silverlight