JW Live Simplifies Live Streaming

Live streaming is becoming a critical part of the video strategy for many content creators and publishers, especially given the popularity of Facebook Live. However, because of the complexity of typical live streaming workflows and the feature limitations of existing platforms, it has been difficult to deploy live streaming and to reach its full potential.

JW Live, our recently-launched  end-to-end platform for live streaming, solves these problems and enables anyone you to quickly setup a live broadcast and monetize it across devices.

 

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JW Live’s simple setup process

360 Video & Virtual Reality (VR) in JW Player Part 2 : Getting Started

In Part 1 of our 360 Video / VR blog series, we presented an overview of the current state of 360 Video / VR technology and the industry.  We also announced support for 360 Video and VR in our HTML5 player and native mobile SDKs.

In this post, I’d like to add more detail around our new JW Player VR and 360 Video playback features with our HTML5 VR Plugin and native VR SDKs, which provide a smoother more performant experience for your iOS and Android apps.

In addition to the ability to watch spherical 360 Video on desktop/mobile browsers and your native Android and iOS apps, with JW Player these platforms will also support immersive live-action VR experiences with popular headsets such as Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, and the upcoming Google Daydream View.

I’ll also discuss why JW Player is committed to supporting 360 Video, where our solution works best for publishers, and what’s coming in the future.

360 Video & Virtual Reality (VR) in JW Player Part 1 : State of the Industry

JW Player is proud to announce support for 360 Video playback and VR in our HTML5 player and native mobile SDKs, providing a smoother more performant experience for your iOS and Android apps.

In Part 1 of our blog series, we will present our perspective on the current state of 360 Video & VR technology and its emerging standards.  In Part 2 next week, we will explain how you can publish 360 videos and VR experiences on your own websites and apps using JW Player tools.

You can also visit our JW Player 360 Video / VR demo page to try it out right now!

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JW Recommendations – Powerful Content Discovery

It’s been a year since JW Recommendations launched and since then the product has been delivering millions of extra plays a day to publishers. This week’s release of Video Search Playlists and an enhanced web interface greatly improves our flexible & powerful content discovery solution.

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Recommendations are a crucial part of many video publishers’ offerings and that has put a premium on simple and integrated solutions that can be delivered cost effectively at scale.

JW Recommendations integrates deeply with each part of JW Player to provide a powerful, real-time and automated content discovery solution built on our vast network of viewer and content data streams.

 

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Live Streaming Just Got Easier

Has setting up a live stream ever given you a headache?

It used to be the case that setting up a live stream involved many steps and a lot of technical expertise. JW Player wanted to make the process much easier, so we created JW Live.

Here’s how JW Live is different

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Now, JW Customers Can Create a Roku Channel in a Few Simple Steps

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JW Player thrives on providing publishers with easy-to-use tools for distributing and monetizing their video content across platforms. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with Roku to help video creators set up a dedicated Roku channel to extend their reach to viewers on the popular OTT platform.

Explaining Video Accessibility For The Web

JW Player has included support for captions with its online video player for years by using internal player components to handle both the rendering and parsing processes. As support for HTML5 video expanded and captions support was added natively to browsers, captions could now be rendered by the browser itself. This is great in theory but in actual implementation not every browser handles HTML5 captions the same way.

Make Your Video Go Viral with SEO

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Introduction

For publishers, a viral video is the holy grail of online video. Besides the immediate spike in ad revenue, a viral video can do wonders for brand recognition and long-term growth. Dollar Shave Club is a recent example of a small company that rode a viral video success to a billion dollar acquisition.

There’s no question that publishers want their videos to go viral, but cracking the code to predictably creating viral content is a different beast. The goal of this article is to understand how to set your video up for virality: in particular, the necessary search engine optimization (SEO) that allows viewers to discover video content relevant to their interests.

Finally, I’ll touch on the intangible UX factors that make a viral video special and how UX plays a role in searching and interacting with video content.

My Internship at JW Player

This summer I was very lucky to join JW Player as an engineering intern on the Data Team. It has been a fantastic experience. Aside from sailing on the Hudson River, enjoying Ping Pong games, and cycling on the Governors Island, I learned about their state-of-the-art data pipeline, followed Agile practices, and worked with an amazing group of people. I was part of the Discovery squad of the Data Team, worked on evaluating recommendation systems, and was responsible for developing an evaluation tool for our data-driven recommendations.

With data-driven recommendations, we want to show our users relevant videos to increase video plays and user engagement. The question is how to evaluate if the recommended content is relevant, and which metrics to use as the measure. Generally there are three methods for evaluating recommendation systems: offline experiments, online trials, and user studies. In this project, we are using the user study approach, by directly asking the opinions of the viewers whether the recommended video is relevant or not.

 

Architecture of the evaluation tool
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