Introducing JW Player 6.9

Keyboard Controls, HD 1080p Encrypted HLS, and Casting

Last week we finished pushing out the latest version of JW Player to all of our platforms. The JW Player 6.9 release adds major updates in three areas of the player; keyboard accessibility, HLS streaming, and the ability to play content on Google Chromecast connected devices.

Keyboard Controls

Accessing and controlling a web application with a keyboard should be simple and easy. Unfortunately, it is not and many applications struggle to implement the ability to tab through all of the actionable elements. This becomes particularly challenging with applications that have nested menus and numerous toggles to adjust settings. Assuming that you can even tab into the application, you can can quickly get lost or even stuck inside all of the elements. The only way out is to click outside of the element, which is not always possible for viewers, especially those with vision impairments.

JW Player Keyboard controls

Meet JW Player at ReelSummit Next Week!

JW Player is getting “reel” next week at ReelSummit 2014 (yes, we’re pretty punny over here). The 2014 Reel Summit is a two-day conference for marketers and content creators who are serious about the evolution of digital video marketing. If your career or livelihood is directly affected by the success or failure of digital video initiatives, then join JW Player and hundreds of other inspiring brands, marketers, and industry thought-leaders as we converge in San Francisco from July 24th to 25th!

Don’t forget to use JW Player’s discount code “JWPLAYER” to receive a whopping 35% off of ReelSummit tickets! Get your tickets now or keep reading to find out where and when you can meet Jeroen Wijering, founder and Chief Architect of JW Player!

Introducing JW Labs: Our Hub For Video Innovation

JW Player pioneered internet video as the world’s first open source video player. Today, we’re innovating for the future with technical and business thought leadership. We are excited to announce the launch of JW Labs, which will house JW Player’s technical ideas, original research, and future roadmap. Take a tour of JW Labs and become a part of the JW community!

JW Insights Conference Highlights and Video On Demand

Thanks to everyone who attended the JW Insights conference in New York City at the end of May - we’re thrilled that thousands of our customers attended both live and virtually! JW Insights was the first event we’ve ever hosted, bringing JW Player customers together with thought leaders and influencers in online video technology. If you missed it, don’t worry - we recorded all the keynotes for you to watch as video on demand. The breakout session recordings will be available on our support page in the near future. Keep reading for a fun wrap up of the event!

Online Video Pioneers Join JW Player Team

The JW Player team has just added two online video technology innovators to its roster! Eric Hoffert, co-founder of QuickTime, is now our Chief Technology Officer and John Luther, Google Chrome Media product manager, is now our Vice President of Devices. The combined brainpower and experience of these two gentlemen will take JW Player to the next level in video technology innovation - keep reading for more about Eric and John!
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JW Insights Conference 2014 for Online Video Innovation & Thought Leadership

On May 30th 2014, we will bring JW Player customers together with thought leaders and influencers in online and mobile video technology at our first ever conference! You can join thousands of JW Player users around the world at our JW Insights 2014 conference - come in person to our New York City event in the heart of Manhattan or view the livestreamed conference from anywhere in the world.

Free Webinar: The State of HTML 5 Video

On Wednesday 16 April at 2pm EST, we hosted a free webinar on the State of HTML5 Video. Jeroen Wijering was joined by Sam Dutton of Google Chrome and Mark Robertson of ReelSEO to provide insights, present demos and answer your questions on HTML5 video.

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.

Introducing Our New, Old Name: JW Player

JW Player - Your way to play Today, we have exciting news to share with our community. After months of hard work, we are officially changing our company name from LongTail Video to JW Player. We are absolutely thrilled to make this change, as we think it better captures who we are and what we are trying to accomplish in the future. As part of our rebrand, we have moved our website from longtailvideo.com to jwplayer.com. In addition to our new graphics and colors, you will notice that we streamlined our site navigation significantly so that users can more easily learn about our products and get video up on their sites. We also renamed our popular online video platform, Bits on the Run, “JW Platform”. When you have a moment, please go explore our new site. It was a massive move for us and we would really appreciate your feedback!