After using Microsoft’s Silverlight, an Adobe Flash competitor, to stream the Olympics over the Internet, NBC has decided to jump to drop Silverlight in favor of Flash for streaming NFL games online.
No word on exactly why the change was made, but I’d imagine it has something to do with Microsoft paying NBC to be used for the Olympics but not paying for NBC to use it for the NFL games, so NBC went with the one with the highest market share, which is Flash.
While watching the game online, the interactive version will allow you to switch camera angles, view picture-in-picture playback, view live stats and interact with the commentators in real-time.
Check out the first broadcast this Thursday between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.
The next edition of EA’s hit franchise Madden 09 hits stores tomorrow and to help kick things off EA and Spike TV are holding a kick off event tonight.
The event will be hosted by Geoff Keighley broadcasting live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and feature interviews with NFL players and a live performance by the band Good Charlotte.
For more info check out Spike TV’s blog post here.
No official word yet on who the new announcers will be in the upcoming Madden ’09 video game, but there’s a good chance the team won’t include John Madden himself.
EA audio director Aubrey Hodges said in an interview that “we are making a change in the Madden commentators. I can’t mention who they are. We are using some of the biggest names in the business. We listened to the fans and we are making a change. And that will be more than one. It will be a fantastic year for Madden fans, I think they’re gonna be thrilled with this new direction. I don’t think I can say much more than that.”
A Madden game without Madden himself sounds strange at first, but considering the fact that many fans have grown tired of hearing Madden the change might not be a bad thing.
[Via beRecruited SportsWrap]
In dramatic fashion, Eli Manning and the New York Giants have defeated the New England Patriots.
With 2:42 remaining in the game and a 10 – 7 deficit, Tom Brady threw what could have easily been the game winning touchdown to Randy Moss, giving them a 14 – 10 lead.
With one possession remaining for the Giants, Eli Manning had one chance to lead his team down the field and with 35 seconds left Manning threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress. After the extra point the Giants had a 17 – 10 lead.
The Patriots would get the ball back but have very, very little time to do anything with it. If any team would be able to do it, the Patriots would. But this year it was not meant to be.
Both teams played brilliantly and the game was everything a Super Bowl should be.
Congratulations to both teams on their amazing seasons, and congratulations to the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.