Ad Preloading in the Buffer-Free Player

JW Player loads ads ahead of user-initiated playback so prerolls are ready to go when videos begin

At our annual JW Insights conference, we announced the final piece of the story that makes up the Buffer-Free Player—ad preloading. Since the first part of the story was released back in JW 7.2, we want to take a moment to remind you of everything that goes into reducing buffering. Understanding fully how it works is key to ensuring your player is optimized for improved user engagement and monetization.  

Improving Video Startup Quality with Adaptive Streaming

With JW 8.3, you won't have to choose between startup quality and speed

Publishers with premium or co-sponsored content seek both startup speed and video quality.  In the past, this has meant trading off video quality for speed: to maintain fast startup times, our player doesn’t wait for an initial quality estimation before downloading segments and beginning playback. Instead, our player has always defaulted to the lowest quality setting in the manifest, sometimes resulting in negative impacts to viewer experience and brand integrity. To help customers with these challenges, JW 8.3 improves adaptive streaming, avoiding the lowest quality setting altogether if the viewer’s available bandwidth and the player size can support a higher quality start.

JW Player April 2018 Product Release

Monthly update on the latest product improvements and offerings

We are excited to announce that JW Player’s April 2018 product release is now generally available.

JW Recommendations: Captivate Your Audience with Video

Updates that empower publishers to directly enhance engagement with the video experiences viewers want, curated at scale

In light of increased fragmentation and competition, it is no longer enough to simply present content to audiences and expect increased engagement. Viewers today expect to engage with appealing and slick content presentations that work well across all devices. Publishers that fail in this execution suffer from low view counts, high abandonment rates, and fewer return visits. In the second part of our Recommendations blog post series, we will discuss the visual improvements to Recommendations that enhance user interaction with content.

How to Get Started with Video Player Bidding

Integrate header bidding into your player with just one click

Until now, the potential of header bidding for video has been limited by difficult implementation and a fragmented marketplace. Video Player Bidding is a market-changing solution built for video to reduce latency and boost monetization with just one click. We’re here to help you onboard.

Starting Video Instantly after a Pre-roll Ad

Achieving a server-side ad insertion experience on the client-side with JW 8.1

One of the most lucrative and engaging placements for online video advertising is the pre-roll ad. This is the ad that comes before main content that a viewer is attempting to watch. When the ad completes or is skipped to the main content, it is imperative to start video as quickly as possible. If viewers are stuck waiting for the video to load, they will leave and likely not come back. The rate at which viewers abandon video increases the longer they have to wait. Studies show that most viewers are willing to wait 1-2 seconds for video to start. After that, you can expect a 6% drop-off for each additional second of wait time.

It’s Showtime

Our Showcase tool creates a turnkey video website in seconds In the constant evolution of the video world, industry trends frequently translate into opportunity. Consider these insights:
  • Smartphone apps now account for more than half of the time people spend online.
  • A website loses 6% of its users after the first two seconds of load time…. and another 6% for every second after.
  • Digital video advertising revenue grew 145% on mobile and only 16% on desktop in 2016.
Taken together, these stats reveal a powerful trifecta of opportunity for improving mobile support, speed, and video monetization. We’ve focused on helping our clients capture this synergy in our latest product, JW Showcase, which enhances overall viewer experience and boosts ad revenue.

JW8: Off to a Great Start

Our next generation player is faster and more powerful than ever Since launching less than four weeks ago, JW8 has already gone live on 24,000 unique domains. We’re excited that so many of you have experienced the 30% increase in speed, the new customization options, and the latest ad integrations--to name just a few of the powerful benefits in our next generation player.

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.

Account Properties and User Management

JW Player Account Properties Settings The JW Player Dashboard team has just released a set of advanced Account settings that now allow agencies or enterprises with multiple divisions to segment their content, players, and analytics into multiple “Properties” in the dashboard.  By adding Properties to an account, you can now consolidate billing, while slicing reporting of analytics for different publications, applications, or websites.  Conveniently, Usage data (including plays, ad impressions, and storage volumes) is viewable on the per-property basis and can be rolled up for the entire account.  Important account settings such as DNS masking and content protection are settable on the Property level and certainly may be different across Properties.  Your platform API keys are also unique to each Property, and can be found on the property detail page in the dashboard.