Free Webinar: Introduction to the JW Player JavaScript API

The JW Player Team is hosting a Free Webinar on the new JavaScript API introduced in the JW Player 5.3 release. Live examples and tips on how to best utilize the scripting capabilities of the new API will be discussed. Note that due to overwhelming response, we are hosting two webinar sessions to accommodate everyone. The same topics will be covered on both days. Although registration is full for our November 18th session, spots are still open for the session on Friday, November 19th @ 2:00 PM ET, so please register today!

JW Player a Winner in the 2010 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards

We are honored to accept the award for Best Streaming Innovation in the 2010 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards. LongTail Video's JW Player won the award, with overwhelming support from our community. We'd like to extend a warm thank-you to everyone that has helped us get to this point. Without your feedback and support, our products would not be where they are today!

Introducing the JW Player for Flash and HTML5

For several years, the JW Player has been a leader in the web video world.  Until recently, this has almost entirely meant Flash video.  However, with the major browser vendors all committing to bringing video rendering capabilities directly into the browser, the landscape has begun to shift.  Additionally, the absence of Flash on certain critical platforms, such as the iOS devices, is pushing many web video publishers to search for alternatives.

Is HTML5 the Answer to All of Our Problems? 

It certainly addresses some major points:

JW Player 5.3 Beta Integrates HTML5 Support

Given the overwhelmingly popular response to the HTML5 Beta, we have decided to incorporate the HTML5 player functionality into the 5.3 release of the player. This means you can create one block of embed code that will work across all devices that support HTML5 or Flash, including the iPhone and iPad! For browsers with both Flash and HTML5 support, the choice is yours -- simply configure the player's failover behavior.

UPDATE: The 5.3 release candidate (RC1) is now available.

UPDATE 2: The official 5.3 release is now available on our main Players page.

Introducing the Open Video Ads Project

We are proud to present our latest product in video ad serving, Open Video Ads.  Open Video Ads (OVA) is the world’s first open source initiative to implement the IAB VAST 1.0 / 2.0 standard for video ad delivery. With it, publishers can deliver any video ad from a VAST-compliant ad server into any video player.  View the official press release here.

Today, OVA has been verified on a range of ad servers including OpenX, ADTECH, 24/7 Real Media, DoubleClick, ScanScout, Microsoft and more. And in addition to the core framework, OVA offers out-of-the-box support for the JW Player and Flowplayer.

We are proud to present our latest product in video ad serving, Open Video Ads.  Open Video Ads (OVA) is the world’s first open source initiative to implement the IAB VAST 1.0 / 2.0 standard for video ad delivery. With it, publishers can deliver any video ad from a VAST-compliant ad server into any video player.  View the official press release here.

Today, OVA has been verified on a range of ad servers including OpenX, ADTECH, 24/7 Real Media, DoubleClick, ScanScout, Microsoft and more. And in addition to the core framework, OVA offers out-of-the-box support for the JW Player and Flowplayer.

Bits on the Run Releases a New Dashboard

Last week, Bits on the Run, our online video platform for streaming, hosting and transcoding, released a new and improved Dashboard.  This release contains several significant improvements to both speed and ease-of-use, and completes Phase I of our dashboard upgrade.  Phase II will be focused on improving reseller functionality,.  Read on for more information...

JW Player 4.7 Released

We've released two player updates this week which bring bug fixes to the v4 and v5 players. JW Player version 4.7 is purely focused on bugs, and marks the end of life for the v4 product line. The 4.7 release fixes a number of bugs collected in the months since the release of 4.6, addressing streaming server support, bitrate switching and general stability.

Podcast on HTML5: LongTail’s Jeroen Wijering Live

For those of you interested in learning more about HTML5 video and where it’s going, Jeroen Wijering, the creator of the JW Player, is speaking today on Dan Benjamin’s podcast, The Conversation, Wednesday, July 14th at 1:00 PM ET.    

We expect a fantastic and informative discussion with leading experts on HTML5 video – its advantages, its drawbacks and its future.  

You can listen to the podcast, LIVE, here.

For those of you that missed the live podcast, check-out the recorded version here.

Enjoy!

The LongTail Team

JW Player 5.2 Introduces New Skinning Features

We're pleased to announce the release of the JW Player for Flash Version 5.2.  One of the JW Player's strongest features is its flexible skinning model.  Our focus for JW5.2 has been on improving on its XML/PNG skinning abilities.

We've also fixed over 30 discrete bugs, and added a number of performance and feature enhancements.