Today, we are proud to announce the public release of JW Player 6! JW6 is JW Player’s biggest update yet, containing tons of new or enhanced functionality. This blog post highlights the most important ones, including a redesigned interface, move to HTML5 first and support for Apple's HTTP Live Streaming in Flash.
Dear LongTail Video Community,
I am excited to share some very exciting news – LongTail Video has just completed its first venture financing round! In total, we raised $5 million and have partnered with two fantastic investors, Greycroft Partners and Cue Ball Capital. Needless to say, this is a big milestone for our company and we cannot thank all of you enough for your support.
If you are interested in learning more about the financing, you can find the official press release here.
As you all may know, LongTail Video is a New York City based company, and we too have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our HQ is located in the Union Square neighborhood and we were affected by the power outages from Sandy that hit almost every area below 34th Street. Mayor Bloomberg and Con Edison, our electric provider, have been very responsive to all New Yorkers in keeping us up to date on repairs and services, and we are hoping that next week we will be close to coming back online at our offices.
With 2011 behind us and beginning of 2012 well on its way, I thought that it would be a good time to share some of our progress over the past twelve months.
In short, 2011 was an amazing year for LongTail Video. We experienced incredible customer growth across all of our products (more on that below) and successfully released a number of fantastic new products and features. Here are a few of the highlights:
This release of the JW Player 5.8 focuses heavily on stability HTML5 playback and secure plugin loading. The major addition is support for HTML5 video advertising for Google DFP and YuMe users. Read more to find out what's new.
We're excited today to announce the introduction of Bits on the Run Free, a new type of Bits on the Run account which provides a zero cost way for publishers to get started with video. Instead of our previous 30-day Trial Membership, customers can now sign up for Bits on the Run and keep a Free Account... forever.
Bits on the Run Free
Our new Bits on the Run Free Account is recommended for bloggers, individuals and sites just getting started with video. Bits on the Run Free allows users to store and stream their videos at no cost, with full access to the Bits on the Run dashboard - including its player customization options, transcoding system, JW Player plugin support, API and rich video analytics.
This release of the JW Player 5.7 focuses heavily on lifting HTML5 support closer to parity with Flash. The most glaring gap had been the lack of support for XML playlists and for a visual playlist UI component. We're happy to announce that those features are now available. Read more to find out what's new.
While the JW Player version 5.5 release added some exciting new developer capabilities, JW Player 5.6 focuses on bringing publishers a few useful features.
As you may know, the JW Player has long included support for playing YouTube videos. We did this by integrating YouTube’s ActionScript 2 chromeless player as a JW Player Media Provider, and it has worked well for a number of years. You can see an example of it below. Recently, YouTube made a change to their AS2 chromeless player that affects our ability to support all YouTube videos. This change was announced last October and just went into effect. In short, if you embed a video that YouTube and/or their partners consider monetizable, then the video won’t play and your users will see an error (see the example below).
In early 2010, we officially merged with our longtime partner, Bits on the Run. Bits on the Run has gradually moved its content over to longtailvideo.com, assuming a larger presence on our site. We are pleased to announce that Bits on the Run has officially migrated the remaining bitsontherun.com content to longtailvideo.com. Bits Users will notice that they are redirected to LongTail Video's website automatically. All information previously accessed on www.bitsontherun.com is now available on www.longtailvideo.com.
To help ease this transition, below lists where you will find the various Bits on the Run content: