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Monday, November 17, 2008
Tech: MLB Kisses Silverlight Goodbye
Possibly the best news we'll get all offseason, MLBAM has announced it's dropping Microsoft's Silverlight for 2009, and will deliver all video using Adobe Flash.
The deal, announced at the Adobe Max conference running in San Francisco this week, hands Adobe one of the largest and likely most profitable video services out there. MLB.com has signed up more than 1.5 million subscribers since 2003 and streams more than 2,500 regular and postseason games annually. Moreover, MLBAM has been a technological leader and is influential among Web video services.At least it works on the Mac and under Linux. Wait — what's that you say?
"Microsoft has appreciated the partnership of MLB.com," said Microsoft Vice President Scott Guthrie. "Microsoft continues to be very pleased with the success of Silverlight. We have a great ecosystem that includes more than 150 partners."But not YouTube, and now, not MLBAM. Buh bye, and don't let the door hit you on the way out. (Via BTF.)