JW Player 8: Let’s Talk About Customization

Here at JW Player, we often get feedback that publishers love how flexible and easy it is to customize the player to fit their branding needs. The upcoming release of JW Player 8 expands on this classic JW hallmark by overhauling the entire customization process to provide publishers with more options and increased efficiency. Part two of this three-part blog series will highlight JW8’s improvements on CUSTOMIZATION.

Showcasing the redesigned JW8 skin

JW Player 8: Let’s Talk About Speed

We’re proud to introduce JW Player 8 — our fastest, most flexible, and advanced player yet. This release is the culmination of what we’ve learned about publisher needs and optimal viewing behavior since our last major iteration of JW Player nearly two years ago. The improvements we’ve made center around three themes:
  • Player speed
  • User interface customization
  • Industry-leading support
Leading up to the launch of JW Player 8 this fall, we will highlight each theme in detail in a three-post blog series. Today’s post will focus on how our advancements in speed will improve the viewing experience and increase engagement for your audiences.

Introducing JW Player’s New Analytics Overview!

We recently overhauled our Analytics Overview page with a modern design refresh and leveraging our brand new Reporting API. At JW Player we serve a variety of users, from content editors and developers to ad operations managers. We set out to build a clean and intuitive interface that provides at-a-glance value to everybody--even those who don’t normally geek out over data!  

Extend Your Insight With JW Player’s New Analytics Endpoint

  JW Player has recently released a brand new Analytics endpoint which allows users to access their Video and Advertising data programmatically! JW Player users are now able to pull JW Player data into their own application, data warehouse, or analytics tools like Looker, Domo, or Tableau.  JW data can be plugged into these tools without users having to implement their own frontend tracking & data processing engine. This is extremely useful for users that are managing multiple analytics platforms in addition to JW Player Analytics, but do not have time to visit each dashboard to pull reports and track individual metrics separately.

JW LIVE AVAILABLE TO ALL ENTERPRISE PLATFORM CUSTOMERS AT NO EXTRA CHARGE

JW Live makes it easy to live stream. Now it’s even easier than before because JW Live is currently available to all Enterprise customers at no additional charge. We have simplified the pricing enabling publishers to experiment with live-streaming without headaches of complex, multi-tiered billing. You only pay for the bytes you stream and you’re billed at the same VOD rate.  We believe that removing the cost of JW Live is the right move for our customers and is in line with JW Player’s friendly approach towards helping customers with their video needs; simple to understand and easy to use. Going live is much more accessible!

Farewell to the cloud-hosted JW Player 6 and say hello to JW Platform Delivery API V2!

Better Delivery through API Science

Building great toolsets to deliver videos seamlessly and at scale is one of the core missions of JW Player. We are excited to announce that customers on JW Platform can now use our new V2 Delivery API endpoints. The V2 endpoints are up to 10x faster, support pagination & poster width selection, and provide easy solutions for building JW Recommendations into any application or publishing workflow. Our V2 endpoints are built on a new technology platform that allows us to quickly roll out new features and support even more customers at high availability. Developers will love our Interactive Delivery API Reference which makes it easy to try out all the new features of /v2/media & /v2/playlists.  

The Future of Live and Video Everywhere

2016 was a bellwether year for livestreaming, with everything from social networks like Facebook, corporate sites, and the mobile web all offering outlets for real-time video. However, according to analysts, this trend is just starting to gain momentum. 2017 is shaping up to be the year of “live everywhere”, with platforms like JW Live allowing publishers to harness this ubiquity for fresh promotional and revenue opportunities.

From Consumers to Business

To understand the future, it pays to look at the past. In 2007, Justin.tv and USTREAM popularized livestreaming platforms, dedicating entire networks for anyone to broadcast their life in real-time. Similarly, YouTube launched a live video service in 2011. But as mobile devices have gotten smarter and broadband networks have improved, Facebook and a raft of others have followed suit in the last few quarters, resulting in a fragmented set of livestream creation options, especially for consumers. At the same time, major media players, including sports leagues and awards shows, have offered live streams to deepen user engagement. The result of all of this? In 2016, end users began creating video and also watching it in unprecedented numbers.

Beyond Social: Complementing your Facebook Live Strategy

Live streaming has emerged as a critical tool for publishers seeking new monetization opportunities and deepened engagement with audiences. Audience consumption of live content on the Internet is accelerating rapidly, and content creators are rushing to make the most of what that promises. Platforms like Facebook Live offer an attractive option for getting started with live streaming for a wide range of publishers. For smaller organizations without video infrastructure experts on staff, it’s a free platform that allows them to reach into potentially millions of members’ daily lives. For larger organizations, including Buzzfeed and The New York Times, Facebook Live’s paid initiative to jumpstart live streaming on the platform has been a compelling way to experiment with the medium. Additionally, Facebook continues to offer new video features and opportunities to reach audiences across devices.       However, media companies and content producers of all sizes should not start and end their live streaming strategies with social platforms alone. Engaging audiences on one’s owned and operated (O&O) sites with live streaming content also offers publishers and broadcasters a number of advantages.