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Date: May 13, 2016 Author: Franklin Dement

Franklin Dement, Product Manager for JW Platform’s Data-Driven Recommendations, explains new features as well as best practices for implementation.

Why use Data-Driven Recommendations?

Launched in November 2015 to a select group of publishers, JW Platform Data-Driven Recommendations:

  • Increase content plays and monetization opportunities where ads are present.
  • Use existing content connections and viewer activity to simplify your publishing workflow and increase revenue.
  • Provide your viewers with automatically-curated video suggestions that increase audience engagement and are continually updating based on interaction data and content traits.

JW Player In-Player Overlay — Available in Nov 2015 Release

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Date: April 27, 2016 Author: Eric Boyd

Adaptive streaming is the ability for a video player to dynamically adjust video quality based on available bandwidth, device performance and network conditions. Most modern web browsers only support progressive video playback which does not allow for seamless quality switching. The responsibility to provide adaptive streaming falls on modern video players like JW Player. Adaptive playback comes in many formats and protocols and the popularity of each format has changed over the years.

We are happy to announce support for HLS playback in JavaScript, taking advantage of the HTML5 Media Source Extensions in desktop Chrome.  With only a few exceptions, HLS in HTML5 will work as it did with Flash, just faster!

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Date: April 22, 2016 Author: Josie Keller

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On Saturday, I attended DevRelCon. A one day, single track conference for developer relations managers/ technical evangelists/ developer advocates/ whatever you prefer to call the people who help others be effective users of a particular technology, stack, or product. The event, which brought together 15 speakers, 15 sponsors, and 100+ attendees from 10 different countries, is unique in providing the DevRel community with a forum to discuss the topics that matter most to our profession.

Below you will find my takeaways from the day’s most pervasive themes: Participation & Inclusion, Content, and Measuring Success.

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Date: April 15, 2016 Author: Henry Lee

The JW Player mobile team has been hard at work to build the top developer-requested features for the JW Player SDK for iOS and Android, which are native video frameworks that enable publishers to stream video in their mobile apps.

In this update, I will highlight four of these high-demand features that our latest JW Player SDKs for both iOS & Android now support: TV casting, DVR live streaming, CEA-608 captions, and offline playback.

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Date: April 8, 2016 Author: John Luther

I’m pleased to announce that our JW Player component for AMP HTML is enabled in the latest release of AMP JS (version 1459447315826). The component is free and can be used with any JW Player edition.

For instructions on how to use <amp-jwplayer> in your AMP pages, see our README in the AMP Github repository.

Why Do We Need AMP HTML?

To quote the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project’s web site, “Accelerated Mobile Pages are web pages designed to load instantaneously–they are a step towards a better mobile web for all.”

Indeed, using the mobile web has become a gloomy experience in the past couple years. Most pages are still designed for desktop computers with powerful CPUs, lots of memory, and very fast connections. When viewed on a phone, these pages load slowly, media jitters wildly, scrolling in pages is maddeningly janky. For more background on the challenges facing the mobile web, see the AMP Project announcement on Google’s blog.

So how can using AMP HTML solve these problems? In short, by enforcing restrictions on how pages are constructed to prioritize loading and rendering speed in mobile browsers above all else. This is a gross over-simplification, so if you want more depth, Ryan Chenkie over at Auth0 has written an excellent overview.

Besides better page performance, using AMP will get your pages highlighted in the Top Stories section of Google mobile search results, as illustrated in this screenshot:

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For the fully AMP-ified Google experience, visit Google’s news carousel demo in your mobile browser.

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Date: April 5, 2016 Author: Eric Boyd

Please join Ryan Jespersen, Scott Kellicker, and myself in a first ever four-part Stream Talk Masterclass webinar series. We will show off real-world examples and demonstrate how to enable, set up, and configure Wowza technology to work seamlessly with JW Player, culminating in a live session at NAB 2016.

 

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Date: March 28, 2016 Author: Ryan Coughlin

In the new JW Player Analytics Dashboard, we’ve changed the way we analyze data in an effort to empower you with the information you need to grow.

FEATURE SPOTLIGHT:  Your New ‘Right Now’ view

In the fast-paced (and short-attention-span!) publishing world, we know that you are always searching for a quick and easy way to check what’s going on “right now” with your content campaigns. How many times have you realized a video was trending after the moment passed and your audience moved on? Static dashboard tools with stale data can’t solve for this use-case.

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Date: March 16, 2016 Authors: Eric Boyd & Allison Stone

The JW Player product team has just launched a new set of features that make it easier for customers to amplify revenue potential on long form content.  The new Ad Scheduling interface and Ad Tag Manager enables you to quickly create and manage complex ad schedules.  Powered by a brand new Ad Scheduling API, the Ad Schedule builder in the dashboard opens up the opportunity to create mid-roll and post-roll ads, and then easily apply those schedules to cloud-hosted players.  

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Date: March 7, 2016 Authors: Monica Parra & Josie Keller

JW7-Designer-Kit

We’re striving to give not only developers, but designers more tools to make customizing player experiences for JW7 simple and encouraging. Our team is excited to announce the first JW7 Designer Kit, which includes fully editable photoshop layers and shapes that are organized and labeled to match the DOM structure and CSS Skinning Model of the player.

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Date: February 24, 2016 Author: Rik Heijdens

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Have you ever thought about what happens when you press play on an Android device? There is a lot of hidden complexity to playing video on your mobile phone that you may not be aware of. In this post I’ll give you a quick tour through the architecture of our JW Player SDK for Android 2.0. I’ll start with our top-most layer, the HTML5 Player (jwplayer.js) and will then move down the stack all the way down to Android’s Media APIs.

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