Wanna watch the Winter Olympics online? You’ll need Silverlight

Wanna watch the Winter Olympics online? You’ll need Silverlight

NBC Universal and Microsoft are teaming up again for the online coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.

NBC’s Winter Olympics Web site went live Wednesday. While the site’s main navigation module is powered by Adobe Flash, NBC’s video player is all Microsoft Silverlight. This time around, a year-and-a-half after the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, there are some cool new features.

First, the Silverlight player is for HD video, which is always nice. Users have DVR-like control, meaning they can pause, rewind and fast forward through event broadcasts (as long as they’re not live, of course). Users can also highlight and save videos for later viewing.

Second, NBC integrated Facebook Connect into its site. People can use Facebook Connect to share videos and make sure their friends are watching interesting Olympic events. There’s also a Windows Live sharing option.

The site is live at nbcolympics.com.