Today marks the start of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, and we brought our “A” game with a press release announcing the immediate availability of IIS Media Services 2.0 RTW (WebPI, x86, x64), including the first full production release of Smooth Streaming. You can try the experience for yourself on iis.net, and learn more on the media landing page.
We are also pleased to have a key group of encoding ISVs announcing Smooth Streaming support with us, including Digital Rapids, Envivio Inc., Grab Networks Inc. (Anystream), Inlet Technologies, Rhozet, Telestream Inc., VBrick Systems Inc., ViewCast Corp. and Winnov Inc. This gives our customers lots of great choices for encoding compatible content and integrating Smooth Streaming delivery with their existing workflows. If you’re at NAB, come by the Microsoft booth to see demos of On-Demand and Live Smooth Streaming, including Live streams protected by PlayReady encryption.
There are two releases available side-by-side on iis.net and through the Web Platform Installer:
- IIS Media Services 2.0 RTW – the production-ready release announced today. Includes:
- Smooth Streaming
- Bitrate Throttling
- Web Playlists
- IIS Media Services 3.0 Beta – a preview of new features in 3.0 made available in March at MIX. Includes:
- Live Smooth Streaming
- Advanced Logging
For production deployments, you’ll want to use the 2.0 RTW, but if you are looking to try the full range of functionality available, get them both! And as always, we’d love to hear your feedback. Feel free to use this feedback thread, or start a new one for your specific question.
I will post more in depth on the technology, common questions, and couple of interesting scenarios in the coming weeks…