Chromecast & the Future Of Web TV

In this post, we’ll discuss the state of Web TV today and some thoughts on how & why Google’s Chromecast will boost its adoption. Named Gadget of the Year by Time Magazine, this cool little dongle plays internet video on your TV for just $35. Moreover though, it provides a fresh approach to Web TV interaction that, in the words of Netflix’s Todd Yellin, “Could take second-screen TV mainstream“.

VAST 3 and VMAP 1 – Supporting New Standards in Video Ads

JW Player Ads Edition now supports the IAB's VAST 3.0 and Video Multiple Ad Playlist 1.0 (VMAP 1.0) video ads standards. Each of these new specifications bring an array of new features and functionality that was not present in VAST 2.0. The updates aim to enhance the video advertising ecosystem by providing additional monetization mechanisms for publishers and better error reporting for ad networks. JW Player supports these standards as of our 6.8 release.

Implementing FCC Closed Captioning Requirements

As of January 1, 2014 the FCC requires programs on live US television to include closed captioning when they are re-shown on the Internet. Additional requirements include a set of enhancements to make captions more accessible to a variety of needs. The FCC has adopted these requirements based off of provisions in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). This Act is a giant step forward in updating laws passed during the 80's and 90's to fit with modern technologies. captions

2013: Year End Review

With 2014 in full swing, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the last twelve months for JW Player and look forward to what we believe will be an exciting year. For JW Player, 2013 was a transformative year. Adoption of our products continued to grow at a break-neck pace. To help give you a sense, from November to December, the number of impressions that passed through a JW Player increased by 1 billion streams, while the number of unique viewers watching video on our products increased by 60 million people. That's just our month-over-month growth. In total, nearly 8 billion streams and 700 million unique viewers watched video on our products in December alone! Not a day goes by where we are not amazed by our scale. When we started this company, we could not have imagined seeing that type of growth and are excited at what 2014 has in store.