2010 Olympic Winter Games Online Video

12Feb10

Today is the opening day of the 2010 Winter Olympics. One way to watch is online with the NBCOlympics.com video player. I’m proud to say that I led the design team for the video player, which was designed and built by the company I work for, Vertigo. Most of the video content is in full HD and the player includes full DVR control, including FF and REW. We spent a lot of time working through the infinite details of the design, and in particular the DVR controls and working around their technical limitations. Try out the user-controlled REW-FF dongle and see if you like it. And be sure to check out the video in full screen mode too. We also designed and built a Silverlight photoviewer which uses Deep Zoom to provide a dynamic and immersive veiwing experience.

We started this project in May 2009 and it included collaboration between many parties and a literal web of technologies and many, many moving parts. It is quite amazing once you understand what goes into live streaming HD video.  From a user experience perspective it is a very interesting evolution of the TV viewing experience. Imagine HD video combined with an immersive, game-like user interface and user-controlled content, such as selecting your own camera angle from which to watch.

Unfortunately, in the real world, you will have to register that you are a cable provider customer to view most live and long-form content, and much of the content is available only within the US. And I’m sorry for the all the ads. I know that is not a great user experience, but there was nothing we could do about that.

PS: I was very sad to hear about the luger. A real tragedy.



2 Responses to “2010 Olympic Winter Games Online Video”

  1. 1 roboticchicken

    Wow, congratulations! It looks sharp and works smoothly. And a boss button — been a while since I’ve seen one of those!

    • The Boss graphic was supposed to be sponsored, but that does not appear to have happened. I think our company name is hidden in their somewhere too.


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