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MSN Video Player
Thursday 11th March, 2010 12:13 Comments: 0
Microsoft still uses the MSN brand for some parts of the web (the bits that no one generally looks at), such as its MSN Video Player. I was very interested to hear that the former iPlayer chief Ashley Highfield has helped Microsoft set this up, as I like the BBC's iPlayer (especially the HD stuff). I also kinda like 4oD (except when I sit through more than my fair share of adverts), but they don't do HD content, the streaming is a bit buggy, and the website isn't that user friendly.

The non-HD video quality at MSN Video Player (MSNVP?) looks reasonable, you can easily skip back and forth, and the interface looks okay (try clicking the Dim Lights link!). This is also the first time I've found a practical use for Silverlight on the web, I hope more people consider using it so I can abandon Adobe Flash. The HD video seems to work well too, the Smooth Streaming meant I didn't hit any issues even on a slow (2MB) connection as I watched the Tron Legacy trailer. That film looks pretty, I can't wait to see it.
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