I’ve been poking around the NBC-Olympic site. There has been consternation that Flash is used on the site too. The deal has been that the video playing would be done using Silverlight (which is why I am linking to http://www.nbcolympics.com/video). The enhanced player is really a nice design and it lets you view four events at once and see real-time stats. Impressive.
To dig deeper like I like to do, I decided to see what the experience would be like for people who don’t have Silverlight installed. This is the prompt I get from the site:
What’s interesting to me is that you can view video without Silverlight, but you get a better experience with Silverlight. If you can proceed without it, I wonder how many installations this will actually create. I am sure still a big #, but it would be nice to have required it…oh well.