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Why Do Microsoft Webcasts Have To Stream?

Wednesday, July 7, 2004
The MSDN Webcasts Weblog is online. Since I am doing nothing but whiney posts this week, then I’d like to ask: Why can’t we download the webcasts for offline viewing?

Bill has me salivating over the Personal Media Center. I started to imagine myself downloading MSDN TV, Channel 9 videos, and TechEd webcasts to watch at my leisure, away from the desktop. There are just two problems with this dream:  

  1. The Personal Media Center isn’t for sale as yet.
  2. The Microsoft webcasts do not download as a file I can save, they only stream.

[Updated with MSDN Webcasts new URL].

Bill Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Good point. I'm actually doing a Web Cast on ADO.NET on Aug 11, 2004 and I'm nervous - but if it goes well (crossing my fingers) it'd be cool to have the file to distribute. You definitely have a point here.
Georgeo Pulikkathara Wednesday, July 7, 2004
It's actually something we're looking to make available in the next release of MSO Live Meeting Services. As a wmv file download the file is around 6--100 MB in size for webcasts with application sharing. We're looking at the new windows media encoder to get the file size down to 10-20 MB insize. hopefully we will be able to start making downloads available again shortly near the end of the year if all goes well.
Scott Allen Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Bill: best of luck with the webcast. I'll keep an eye out.
<br>Georgeo: I'm glad to hear things are moving in that direction!
Robert Scoble Thursday, July 8, 2004
If I got my act together the Channel9 videos would be downloadable too. It requires work due to the infrastructure and I'm way behind.
Nick Head Thursday, July 8, 2004
Just found this link this afternoon
<br>How to download Microsoft Webcasts:
<br>How timely :)
John Thursday, July 8, 2004
I found this the other day:
<br>(I wanted a copy of the 'Speculative Retrospective' ;)
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