NBC raised eyebrows when it live-streamed its first NFL game last week using Adobe’s Flash. There was speculation that the peacock had unceremoniously dumped Microsoft Silverlight after the technology’s debut during the Olympics.
Not true, according to both Microsoft and NBC. The network had a separate deal with the NFL that was in place before the Olympics, and the two had nothing to do with each other. The NFL currently uses Flash for its own site, so extending that usage makes sense. When contacted about the story, the NFL emailed us the following response:
“This is an exciting new way for fans to watch NFL games,” said Hans Schroeder, NFL vice president of digital media. “The online broadcast will provide a new level of interactivity, with fans getting to chose how they experience NFL games. Adobe’s Flash technology will deliver an immersive, interactive and high-quality product for NFL fans across the country.”
Additionally, NBC uses Flash video for full episodes and clips of its TV programming on its site.
According to Chris Carper, director of business development for Microsoft’s Silverlight, Microsoft is in ongoing discussions with the NFL about using Silverlight, but those talks are still at a high level and haven’t gotten to any contract stage.