Windows Media Video (WMV) is a generic name for the set of streaming video technologies developed and controlled by Microsoft. It provides high quality video encoding techniques for a wide range of applications like mobile devices, HDTV, settop box, PC, and so on. Along with other Windows Media technologies, it provides for authoring, distribution, playback and digital rights management of the digital media contents.

This paper gives a high level overview of the Windows Media Video Codecs and the applications and provides a brief picture of the various features.