JW Player Customers Go Live with Chromecast

As the new kid (CTO that is) on the block, I’m excited to share that a number of our customers including Baeblemusic, SnagFilms, and RiffTrax have gone live using JW Player’s Chromecast integration for their video player deployments, enabling users to interact with their content on the big screen. Our customers have enabled streaming of free movies, TV shows, music videos, artist interviews, movie trailers, video game highlights, video gameplay, and paid original video content for their users via this integration. These rollouts rapidly follow the launch of Chromecast support in July, which enables users to cast video onto a Chromecast connected TV and then use their computer as a remote control. JW Player is the only standalone web video player on the market offering Chromecast streaming that is fully integrated with standards-based VAST video advertising, as well as the ability to customize the look and feel of the branded video player in the primary screen. Keep reading to see more of our amazing Chromecast customer integrations! chrome

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.

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JW Player is Moving to GitHub

JW Player GitHub Those of you who've followed along with our open-source repository have probably noticed an unusual quiet spell on our check-ins the past couple of months. Rest assured, we haven't been idle! Instead, we've been busy moving our code from Subversion over to a new repository in GitHub. We did this for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that the rest of our organization has been using Git for quite some time. I'll lay out a few benefits we'll all see from this new setup.

Implementing FCC Closed Captioning Requirements

As of January 1, 2014 the FCC requires programs on live US television to include closed captioning when they are re-shown on the Internet. Additional requirements include a set of enhancements to make captions more accessible to a variety of needs. The FCC has adopted these requirements based off of provisions in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). This Act is a giant step forward in updating laws passed during the 80's and 90's to fit with modern technologies. captions

JW Player Pro Skins Redesigned

JW Player Skins Redesign 2013 Today, we are proud to announce the freshly redesigned JW Player Pro Skins. JW Player has always offered customers the ability to create unique player skins, while also including more packaged skins than any other video player. These skins are used by many websites as an out-of-the-box solution for customers looking to showcase video. In the past, packaged skins were only offered as a Premium feature, but as of earlier this year, were made available to JW Pro customers.