Tuesday, March 23, 2010 5:01 PM
We are currently looking at technology to build into a digital signage platform designed for the high end retail enterprise. I'm trying to build a business case around a Microsoft technology stack.
I want to recommend Expression Encoder, specifically writing an app using the SDK to transcode content into a common format for delivery and also provide web proxy version of digtial signage content and deliver via smooth streaming to the UI.
This will be installed on a headless Win 2008 R2 server working as an appliance, and as such we have no need (of desire for the additional expense) to have Expression Blend, Web or any other Expression app, Just Encoder and the SDK to run our transcoding software.
The problem is I cannot find anywhere in the UK of buying just the Encoder. I have found it for $49 in the US microsoft expression site but no where in the UK. We are not as yet a microsoft partner, is this avilable if we were a partner?
Please can you Clarify and advise me on UK availability of Expression Encoder only, including options if we were an MS Partner. I'd rather not go with Rhozet carbon coder!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 7:08 PM
Hi Steve --
Unfortunately you can only purchase the full standalone version of Encoder v3 in the US. We plan to address this in the upcoming version. You have a couple options:
1) Buy Expression Web v3 which includes us. 2) Get an MSDN subscription which will give you access.
Feel free to contact me offline (email@example.com) so we can work out the best solution for you moving forward.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 7:10 PM
As you correctly point out, this is only available as a pilot program in the USA at present. We are looking to expand this into other markets (including the UK) at the moment and although I can't give you specific timescales other than to say it will be during 2010, it would help me to know what your timescales are on this project?
Group Product Manager, Expression Studio
Product Manager, Expression Encoder
- Proposed As Answer by Eric JuteauMicrosoft Employee, Moderator Tuesday, March 23, 2010 7:46 PM