March Madness Online going HD w/ Silverlight

Dave Zatz —  February 17, 2009 — 10 Comments

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Mari and I have been talking up the CBSSports.com NCAA March Madness on Demand for what seems like years. While we’ve had occasional issues getting access due to overwhelming site traffic, the service has largely been great a success. Especially during for folks stuck in an office and without a Slingbox during those first few rounds. Back in the old days, MMoD was an Internet subscription service. However, in 2006 they implemented an advertising-supported model… generating a sweet $23 million last year. This March, in addition to the Flash-based ~550Kbps standard def streaming, an optional Silverlight (MSFT) experience will deliver “high-definition quality video” running at ~1.5Mbps. Above is an enlargeable mock-up of the new player. While I’m looking forward to the action, I’m not so sure my Terps will be participating in the big dance.

10 responses to March Madness Online going HD w/ Silverlight

  1. I’ve used CBSSports March Madness on Demand several times in past years and love it. This year it looks like my team (Missouri Tigers) will finally be back at the Dance after a long, painful absence. Can’t wait!

  2. Yeah sadly I don’t see the Terps even being on the bubble this year.

  3. Just a week ago I decided to cancel my auto-renewal to Directv’s Mega March Madness (all games, basically all in HD). I used to take days off, have three TVs going at a time, etc. Now, I just don’t have the time – or energy, and almost any high viz games locally will be on the local CBS.

    This news makes me even happier to not get the MMM satellite package.

  4. MMOD is the best! I usually plan on “working” remotely that day to watch at home.

    Sorry about the Terps, Dave (well only a little sorry). Go Devils!

  5. Fear the Turtle!!!!!

  6. I will be pulling for my dawgs (UW Huskies) from my desk!

  7. Silverlight worked great for the Olympics. Now if only it could make the Blue Devils look better come tourney time. We’ll be at the dance, but may give as disappointing a performance as last year’s taking the last several games into account. Sigh…

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