Introducing JW Player 6.11 – Industry Leading HLS

Premium HLS Streaming Everywhere

JW Player 6.11 is now available across all of our platforms. This release dramatically improves HLS functionality and supports new features from Apple’s latest specification. With 6.11, any site that uses JW Player gains access to premium video player functionality typically only available from services like Netflix, Hulu+, and Amazon Prime Video. HLS

JW Player Supports Net Neutrality

You might have noticed a “spinning logo” banner on the JW Player Labs site today. We are participating in the 2014 Internet Slowdown. The banner will only be shown today, and only once to each site visitor. We aren’t actually slowing down our site or software. The Slowdown is a coordinated symbolic act to raise awareness of the Net Neutrality debate. On the Internet, all data on the network is treated equally--it is a neutral, level playing field. The pages that are served from your personal blog are given no more or less priority than pages from other sites on the Web, even giants like Google or Facebook. The same is true for Skype calls, Netflix movies, and any other application that uses the Internet to transmit data packets. battle3

Designing a Better World: Seamless Technology

JW to speak at UX Panel

Jeroen Wijering, the creator of JW Player will be part of a panel discussion this Tuesday at the Meetup.com headquarters, and he will be discussing the evolving concept of “seamless technology”. Jeroen will be joined by Will McLeod of Keen Home, Daniel Klainbaum of Moment Design, and David Antunes of Applico, Inc. Each of the panelists have their own ideas of what “seamless technology” means to them and to our future, and we can’t wait to be a part of the discussion that will follow. We would love for you to join us at the Panel! You’ll have a chance to ask Jeroen and the other panelists questions, as well as enjoy a drink or two at the Meetup Headquarters. To RSVP (it’s free!) and find more information, head over to the event page on Meetup.com.

Meet JW Player at ReelSummit Next Week!

JW Player is getting “reel” next week at ReelSummit 2014 (yes, we’re pretty punny over here). The 2014 Reel Summit is a two-day conference for marketers and content creators who are serious about the evolution of digital video marketing. If your career or livelihood is directly affected by the success or failure of digital video initiatives, then join JW Player and hundreds of other inspiring brands, marketers, and industry thought-leaders as we converge in San Francisco from July 24th to 25th!

Don’t forget to use JW Player’s discount code “JWPLAYER” to receive a whopping 35% off of ReelSummit tickets! Get your tickets now or keep reading to find out where and when you can meet Jeroen Wijering, founder and Chief Architect of JW Player!

Premium HTML5 Video Coming to a Browser Near You

With the recent announcements from Apple/Netflix and Mozilla, all modern desktop browsers will soon support the proposed HTML Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) standard. EME provides a standardized approach for playing encrypted content in HTML5. One application of encrypted video is the enforcement of Digital Rights Management (DRM) on paid video content. Many content owners (film studios, sports leagues, etc.) mandate using DRM to distribute their content online.

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What does all of this alphabet soup mean for users? In short, the EME standard enables publishers to deliver premium video to browsers without the need for plugins. To date, doing DRM in the browser requires the Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight or Google Widevine plugins. These plugins use non-interoperable file formats, protocols and DRM key systems, creating fragmentation. EME solves (most of) these issues, enabling premium video in HTML5 using a single file format and streaming protocol.

JW Insights Conference 2014 for Online Video Innovation & Thought Leadership

On May 30th 2014, we will bring JW Player customers together with thought leaders and influencers in online and mobile video technology at our first ever conference! You can join thousands of JW Player users around the world at our JW Insights 2014 conference - come in person to our New York City event in the heart of Manhattan or view the livestreamed conference from anywhere in the world.

Chromecast & the Future Of Web TV

In this post, we’ll discuss the state of Web TV today and some thoughts on how & why Google’s Chromecast will boost its adoption. Named Gadget of the Year by Time Magazine, this cool little dongle plays internet video on your TV for just $35. Moreover though, it provides a fresh approach to Web TV interaction that, in the words of Netflix’s Todd Yellin, “Could take second-screen TV mainstream“.

VAST 3 and VMAP 1 – Supporting New Standards in Video Ads

JW Player Ads Edition now supports the IAB's VAST 3.0 and Video Multiple Ad Playlist 1.0 (VMAP 1.0) video ads standards. Each of these new specifications bring an array of new features and functionality that was not present in VAST 2.0. The updates aim to enhance the video advertising ecosystem by providing additional monetization mechanisms for publishers and better error reporting for ad networks. JW Player supports these standards as of our 6.8 release.