One of the primary marketing hooks for Silverlight is its ability to stream media over the Web. Silverlight is able to do so using an embedded media player so that the client system does not need to have a player installed. This is a different approach from other media technologies. Most media technologies require that the client has a particular media player installed. With Silverlight, once the Silverlight plug-in is installed all Silverlight features are accessible, including media playback.
In an earlier module, we reviewed how to integrate multimedia into an ASP.NET AJAX application through the use of the ASP.NET Futures asp:Media control. The asp:Media control is an implementation of the Silverlight <MediaElement> element.
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