Streaming would be great with IIS Smooth Streaming
Steve Marx just posted a great overview about how to use Windows Azure Blobs and the Windows Azure CDN to deliver adaptive streaming video content in a format compatible with Silverlight’s
Smooth Streaming player.
For those of you unfamiliar with Smooth Streaming, he also explains what it is and how it works and points to a great article, “Smooth Streaming Technical Overview” by Alex Zambelli for an even deeper dive.
You can get all the details in Steve’s blog post. If you want to dive right in and start hosting Smooth Streaming content in Windows Azure Blobs, check out the Adaptive Streaming for Windows Azure Blobs Uploader project on Code Gallery, a command-line tool and reusable library for hosting adaptive streaming videos in Windows Azure Blobs.
Marcus Shockley commented
This has not been completed. This is a workaround that, while creative, does not allow for full use of the functionality that would be provided from simply allowing smooth streaming directly from Azure blob storage. Please get this feature completed!!!!
this is only a workaround. AFAIK, Azure Blob does not has native support for IIS Smooth Streaming. You need to use the mentioned link to split your transcoded video into thousand of chunks. However with some modification to the code, you can tell Microsoft Expression Expression/ Uploader to publish to Amazon S3 and still enjoy IIS Smooth Streaming. For a lab testing, ok, but for enterprise use (enterprise or commercial streaming), I think not !
Jeff Titus commented
I was under the impression that smooth streaming was going to be supported towards the end of Dec 2009... is this still planned or is the inclusion of that feature pending the result of these votes?
I'd put all of my votes in this one if I could...IIS Smooth Streaming and/or Windows Media Services would be wonderful! Even if there was a separate sku for it.