JW Player Now Supports Mobile Web Autoplay

Desktop or mobile, web or native app, autoplay or click to play, unmuted or muted on start. There are lots of things to consider when thinking about how you set up players on your page to maximize plays and viewability for your content (and ads if you’re running them) across devices and browsers. It may seem like a no-brainer thanks to the scrolling feeds of images and videos made popular by the likes of Facebook and others, but autoplaying video content on mobile was not always possible. With JW Player 7.8, you can now configure your players to automatically start playback on mobile without going fullscreen.

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Note: In order to illustrate this example, there's an autostarted player below, marked with red text

Agile Incident Response for Big Data Systems

How We Increased Uptime and Decreased Engineering Stress

Working in the big data world can be a little chaotic. For us that means a stable flow of 20k events per second can spike to 50k over the course of an hour. It takes only seconds to look through our logs and find a perfect example:

 

Is Your Live Social Video Strategy Working?

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With the growth of online video, connected mobile devices, and Internet for everyone, live content streaming is on the rise. Whether it’s an official cast of an event or concert, or “citizen journalism” efforts that deliver video feeds of what’s happening in the world, live-streaming has become embedded in today’s modern online and social experience.

Businesses understandably want to tap into this phenomenon—but making the most of the vast landscape of opportunities means looking beyond consumer-focused platforms like Facebook Live, Periscope/Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat.

Adobe, Yext and Kaltura Veterans Join JW Player Team

Adobe executive Stephan Rioux will lead JW Player’s Enterprise Sales team, industry veterans from Kaltura and Yext also join leading video solutions company.

NEW YORK – Dec. 10, 2016 – JW Player, the world’s most popular video player and leading digital and mobile video solutions company, today announced the hire of three pivotal players to lead several new strategic initiatives designed to drive the company’s continued global expansion.

Stephan Rioux, former Adobe vice president of Sales for Media, Publishing and Agencies, Financial Services and Retail verticals, will lead JW Player’s newly created Enterprise sales team as Senior Vice President. Amin Makhani, an 8-year veteran of acquisition marketing at Yext is JW Player’s new vice president of Digital Marketing. And Elad Ophir, a solutions engineering professional formerly with Kaltura and the Israeli Defense Ministry,  has been tapped as the senior director of Solutions Engineering.

Peek into JW Player’s User Research Process

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Any UX practitioners watching the HBO series Silicon Valley may have been screaming at their TVs during season 3’s final weeks. The fictional consumer-facing compression platform Pied Piper launched to dismal daily active user numbers, and viewers saw a perfect illustration of what can happen when no user research or testing is involved in a product development process.

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.

 

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.

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.

In addition to the ability to watch spherical 360 Video on desktop/mobile browsers, 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.

HTML5 by Default - The Deprecation of Flash in Major Browsers

Update:

With HTML5 favored by default, the latest version of JW Player will ensure optimal viewing experience! JW Player has been working hard to understand the trend of HTML5 and optimize our product for HTML5, understanding that flash-based video was not in-line with future industry standards.

Our HTML5-first video player consistently helps publishers distribute high quality on demand and live videos on every desktop and mobile browser.

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.

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 using JW Player tools.

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