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Date: May 12, 2015 Author: Greg Twohig

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Over the past few months, we’ve been hard at work updating JW Platform to improve flexibility and control for publishers. We’ve released cloud-hosted libraries, ad tag waterfalling, additional player configurations, .json feeds for your content, and straightforward, powerful scheduling capability with content sunrise for JW Platform users.

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Date: May 7, 2015 Author: John Luther

Today we are releasing our first major update to the JW Player SDK for Android. This release adds three important features:

  • Closed captions. Media presentations can be accompanied by closed captions in SRT format. This includes support for multi-language captions (i.e., enabling the user to select from a menu of available language tracks).
  • Content playlisting. The API now supports passing a list of media URLs to play in sequence as a playlist. Forward and back buttons can be included in the player UI to enable users to browse through the playlist items.
  • VAST <Wrapper>. The SDK’s VAST implementation supports redirects to third-party ad servers within VAST Ad tags.

In addition, if you are an Android SDK customer, you will now see an SDK download link in your JW Player Dashboard.

The 1.1 release also contains a number of bug fixes, so we encourage all customers to upgrade. Your feedback is welcome and encouraged as we continue to improve and enhance the JW Player SDK for Android with regular feature and performance updates!

John Luther,

SVP Product Strategy

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Date: April 7, 2015 Author: Jeroen Wijering

For fans of HTML5, the release of the iPad, five years ago, was big news. The much-hyped device was not compatible with the popular multimedia platform Flash, a choice Apple doubled down on a few weeks later when Steve Jobs published his now famous “Thoughts on Flash”. Five years ago, one of the biggest technology companies put their weight behind HTML5 as a successor to Flash. Let’s take a look at where the technology currently stands, and how it has evolved since then.

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Date: March 31, 2015 Author: John Luther

Today we are releasing the first version of our JW Player SDK for iOS. This software developer kit (SDK) enables publishers to easily build the JW Player video playback and advertising features they love directly into native iOS apps.

This announcement follows closely on the release of our JW Player SDK for Android in January and is the next step in our native mobile product strategy. According to Nielsen, 89% of the time consumers spend on media is through mobile apps, as compared to 11% through mobile web browsers. JW Player is committed to delivering the tools that our customers need to reach these users as their media preferences shift away from the mobile web to native apps.

Any App, Any CDN, Any Ad Server, with YOUR Branding

You can use the JW Player SDK to add video playback and advertising functionality to virtually any iOS app. For example, you can include curated video content in a lifestyle or instructional app, add encrypted live TV streams to a broadcast news app, extend a music app with live radio streaming, or monetize games with video advertising. You can do all of this while retaining full control over the user experience of your app, as well as your in-app branding.

Apps built with the SDK will integrate with our JW Platform video hosting, streaming, and analytics services. However, unlike many other SDK offerings, we do not require you to use our platform services; you can use the JW Player SDK for iOS with video content that is hosted anywhere you want.

Key Features

  • Adaptive HLS video streams for optimal bandwidth efficiency on any network
  • Video resolutions up to 1080p HD
  • Live and on-demand media streaming
  • VAST pre, mid, and post roll advertising, with skippable ad units
  • AES encryption for HLS content protection
  • Progressive download MP4 (single/multi-rate)
  • User-selectable and API-controllable playback quality
  • Audio-only streams (AAC, MP3, HLS audio)
  • Customizable video player controls with full screen mode
  • Video playback and ad impression analytics APIs
  • Configurable poster image for video player
  • Portrait and landscape mode streaming w/ device rotation
  • Delivered as an iOS Framework for easy integration
  • Tested on iOS 7.1.2 and 8.1.1 on popular devices
  • Includes a basic sample app in Objective C and Swift with XCode project to get you started

Licensing Info

The JW Player SDK for iOS is licensed under an annual contract with a monthly subscription fee. For more information and pricing on the SDK contact us.

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Date: February 2, 2015 Author: John Luther

We’re pleased to announce the general availability release of our JW Player SDK for Android. This software developer kit (SDK) enables publishers to easily build JW Player video and advertising features they love into native Android apps.

Cisco predicts that by 2018, two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video content. According to ComScore, 47% of Internet traffic is attributed to mobile apps (more than desktop browsers) and the average mobile consumer spends 86% of their time using mobile apps instead of mobile browsers.

The JW Player SDK for Android opens this fast-growing world of native mobile apps to the community of over two million web sites that use JW Player. At the same time, this SDK empowers publishers new to JW Player to include video and audio streaming in their native Android apps.

This is our first SDK for devices and we have more coming, such as our JW Player SDK for iOS, which is currently in private Beta. Also, with our addition last year of Google Chromecast support for our desktop players, we are delivering broader device coverage for publishers to expand their audiences and increase monetization on traditional TV screens. We have a similar goal with all of our SDKs: to provide publishers with more opportunities for delivering video content and ads to phones, tablets, OTT boxes, TVs and other devices.

Android devices

Any App, Any CDN, Any Ad Server, YOUR Branding

You can use the JW Player SDK for Android to add video viewing and advertising functionality to any kind of Android app. For example, you can include curated video content in a lifestyle or instructional app, add encrypted live TV streams to a broadcast news app, extend a music app with live radio streaming, or monetize games with lucrative video advertising. In addition, you retain full control over the user experience of your app, as well as your in-app branding.

Apps built with the SDK will integrate with our JW Platform video hosting, streaming, and analytics services. However, unlike many other SDK offerings, we do not require you to use our platform services; you can use the JW Player SDK for Android with video content that is hosted anywhere you want.

Key Features

  • Adaptive HLS video streams for bandwidth efficiency
  • Small screen up to 1080p HD resolutions
  • Live and on-demand media streaming
  • VAST pre, mid, and post roll advertising, with skippable ad units
  • AES encryption for HLS content protection
  • Progressive download MP4 (single/multi-rate)
  • User-selectable and API-controllable playback quality
  • Audio-only streams (AAC, MP3, HLS audio)
  • Customizable video player controls with full screen mode
  • Video playback and ad impression analytics APIs
  • Configurable poster image for video player
  • Portrait and landscape mode streaming w/phone rotation
  • Android Library Project (.aar), plus demo app and sample code
  • Tested on Android 4.1 and higher on popular devices

More Info

The JW Player SDK for Android will be licensed under an annual contract with a monthly subscription fee. For more information and pricing on the SDK contact us.

To learn more about building great video apps with the JW Player SDK for Android, join us for a webinar on Wednesday, February 4th at 12:00 pm Eastern US time by registering online. We look forward to working with developers to build the next generation of awesome Android apps with streaming media.

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Date: January 7, 2015 Author: Adam Greenbaum

JW Player is excited to announce a partnership with WordPress.com VIP and the release of the JW Player for WordPress.com VIP plugin. WordPress.com VIP Enterprise customers now have full access to the power of JW Player and JW Platform with the push of a button.

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JW Player for WordPress.com VIP supports all of the rich functionality provided by the JW Platform WordPress.org plugin, including uploading content to JW Platform and embedding that content using JW Player. Customers using WordPress.com VIP can enable and access the JW Player functionality right from within their WordPress.com VIP admin by activating JW Player for WordPress.com VIP from the Featured Partners section; no code install necessary!

Key Features

Video Streaming through the JW Player

JW Player for WordPress.com VIP seamlessly integrates the JW Player for best-in-class fast video streaming playback across browsers, platforms and devices with both HTML5 and Flash modes.

Inline Library Search, Upload, Click-to-Publish

While editing a post, instantly locate the specific video you want to embed from your JW Platform content library using the inline search or upload a new video using the custom upload widget, and then use the quick click-to-publish functionality to insert that video right into your post/page.

Security

Keep the video playing back in your JW Player on your WordPress.com VIP site secure by using our video URL signing capabilities to protect embedded videos.

Learn More

To learn more about all of the capabilities of JW Player for WordPress.com VIP, check out the JW Player for WordPress.com VIP partner plugin page on vip.wordpress.com, and for more information on JW Player or JW Platform, please reach out to our team at sales@jwplayer.com.


Already a JW Player customer? Contact support@jwplayer.com for more information about how you can add the JW Player for WordPress.com VIP plugin to your WordPress page!

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Date: December 11, 2014 Author: Eric Hoffert

Today we released our first quarterly JW Trends in Online Video report, which looks at the state of online video across six continents. Data reviewed includes findings for trends across our global network of video publishers and aggregate growth relative to large scale online video services.

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Date: December 4, 2014 Author: Eric Boyd

Premium HLS Streaming Everywhere

JW Player 6.11 is now available across all of our platforms. This release dramatically improves HLS functionality and supports new features from Apple’s latest specification. With 6.11, any site that uses JW Player gains access to premium video player functionality typically only available from services like Netflix, Hulu+, and Amazon Prime Video.

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Date: November 18, 2014 Author: Cindy

As Small Business Saturday approaches, we would like to show our support for small businesses with a special promotion on our pro and premium player editions! These products offer streaming, branding, and analytics to help your business optimize video marketing.

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JW Player understands small business owners’ most pressing needs are acquiring customers and increasing revenue. We want to show you how online video marketing can help you solve these challenges:

  • Reach more potential customers by improving your SEO: Search Engine Optimization is the practice of improving your website’s visibility in Google’s search results by ensuring your content is captured in search engines. It is so important that 70% of media publishers optimize their videos for SEO. Since Google prioritizes original and engaging content in its search engine algorithms, video results have been noted to be 50x more likely to land on the first page. Check out our whitepaper on “8 Steps to Master Video SEO” so you can start reaching more customers.
  • Maximize revenue by controlling your advertising: When you monetize with video advertising on YouTube, you’re letting YouTube decide which ads to run in front of your video and where end-of-video traffic is redirected. Today, with technologies like JW Player, it’s easy and cost-effective to create an Owned and Operated video destination site that lets you take control of your brand, your traffic, and most importantly, your advertising revenue. Read more on how to build a “Multi-Channel Video Strategy” and start taking control of your advertising revenue.

Online video is growing at lightning speed – it is expected to represent 79% of consumer internet traffic in 2018. This is a number too high for any type of business to ignore, small or large. Take advantage of our special offer to get started and remember… videos are one of the most effective ways to engage an audience and grow your business!

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Date: November 10, 2014 Author: Cindy

JW Player’s VP of Devices, John Luther, will be presenting at Streaming Media West next week! John will be a speaker on the panel “Replacing Flash: Adaptive Streaming and DRM in HTML5” on Tuesday (11/18th) from 2:45-3:30pm.

John will discuss the emerging role of MPEG DASH and the W3C Media Source Extensions (MSE) standards in the efficient delivery of web video.

At JW Player, we believe MPEG DASH will be the successor to HLS and become the standard for streaming video content across multiple devices.

For an example of DASH in action, check out our MPEG DASH demo below and toggle between the different streams:

John will also cover JW Player’s MSE plans for 2015, which include:

  • DASH support for desktop and mobile web
  • DASH/HLS support for Android SDK
  • Server integrations with Azure and Wowza

For more details, don’t forget to attend “Replacing Flash: Adaptive Streaming and DRM in HTML5” at Streaming Media West!

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