, the providers of premium TV channels like Starz and Encore and
downloadable movies has built their entire media infrastructure around Windows Media. Stephen Smith, Director of Media System Integration walks us through the entire workflow and architecture
of the system that they built.
This is a 3-part series, first showing the hardware, then the architecture, then
the software that they built.
In this second part focusing on the architecture, Stephen whiteboards out their entire media architecture that is based on a 200 terabyte SAN of Windows Media digital masters. Using
Windows Workflow Foundation to automate the application of DirectShow filters to Windows Media files, Starz has built a media delivery
pipeline that lets them create media in a variety of formats.