And a useful one, I think.Duncanma said:
Silverlight 2.0 isn't really out yet, but we are planning to update the player in the near future. This wouldn't suddenly have any affect on 16:9 vs. 4:3 content though. There is nothing stopping someone from doing proper 16:9 content in Silverlight 1.0.
Our encoding system was setup to produce content at 320x240 because that was the native resolution of the Zune and the iPod, and because it was the size of the Channel 9 video player. This is 4:3 resolution, but many of our content team feel the need to shoot in 16:9 ... which then gets letterboxed on the way through the system to produce the resolution(s) we use. Could this be fixed? Sure it could ... but it was never really our plan to have content in widescreen format.
As far as the other player enhancements you mention, they aren't really Silverlight 2.0 features either... Chapters are built into the player we are using now for example, but we don't have a system in place for the content team to define a list of chapter time codes, names and thumbnails. The Adaptive streaming will be a nice benefit of moving to 2.0 though, since we already produce a multi-bitrate video stream (100kbps and 300kbps I believe), so we should just get that feature 'for free'.
As far as the other things you mention, I'll try to keep that list in mind, although I have to admit we had never thought of having the post text visible in the Silverlight player so that is an interesting one...
I'd like to see subtitles in the videos taken. Many time I wanted to use spare time in lunch to see the videos but we don't have speakers in the office.