The State of JW Player

Highlights, data, and fun facts from 2017

As the New Year begins, we’ve put together a snapshot of what JW Player has been up to in the last 12 months. 2017 was a huge year for our company as we sped up our growth, doubled the size of our staff, developed 36+ new features, and brought video to more screens than ever.

The industry’s moving rapidly—and we’re in the fast lane. Here are highlights from our year in video.

Up Next in Your Player

How JW Player’s Recommendations Engine Enhances Audience Engagement You’ve seen them everywhere: shopping at Amazon, watching shows on Netflix, or discovering “people you may know” on LinkedIn. Recommendations engines allow you to view related content and products based on your online consumption behavior. For publishers, recommendations can be an especially powerful tool in executing your video strategy. They keep eyes on the page and increase click-throughs, strengthening retention when competition for user attention is fierce. These results came through loud and clear with the A/B test of JW Player’s Recommendations engine.

Introducing ‘Promote’ — A Great Tool for Branded Content

Publishers often tell us that they want to balance the benefits of automatic curation using JW Recommendations with the option to retain editorial control. One common use case is for branded or partner content that may require a specific level of exposure. JW Platform’s tag-based business rules already provide some measure of control around the portion of the video library that recommended videos are drawn from, but sometimes more control is needed. Now we’re introducing ‘Promote,’ a new feature of JW Recommendations that lets you easily choose specific videos or playlists to place in the first or second position of a Recommended playlist, ahead of any videos chosen by our powerful algorithms. Branded content, promotional videos, or key programming has guaranteed placement in prime impression slots even when it might not be recommended to viewers.