Google IMA & MPEG-DASH in JW Player SDK for Android & iOS

The JW Player mobile team is excited to bring you the latest features for building a native iOS or Android video player in your apps and monetizing your content. Our newest releases have focused on adding features for advertising, including Google IMA, and adding streaming support for MPEG-DASH. Please read on for more details.

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What’s New in JW Player SDK for iOS

  • Google Interactive Media Ads (IMA)
    • Linear ads, VMAP, ad pods
  • Playlist support
  • VAST ad pods & waterfalling
  • Player autostart, captioning, and stretching options

What’s new in JW Player SDK for Android

  • Google Interactive Media Ads (IMA)
    • Linear ads, VMAP, ad pods
  • MPEG-DASH
    • WebM (VP9), MP4 (H.264)
    • Adaptive bit rate & manual quality switching
    • Multi-track audio
  • AAC audio-only playback

What about MPEG-DASH in the JW Player SDK for iOS?

Apple does not support MPEG-DASH in iOS 8 and there is no indication that they plan to support it in future versions of iOS. However, there are some 3rd-party implementations that have been successful —for instance, a popular approach is to transmux MPEG-DASH to HLS in real-time.

JW Player believes that MPEG-DASH is the format of the future for adaptive video delivery, and we intend to support it in all of our products, including JW Player SDK for iOS. We are evaluating several solutions to provide our clients with the best MPEG-DASH experience. It’s too early to announce a release date for MPEG-DASH support in our iOS SDK, but we have a working prototype.

Where do I download the latest JW Player SDKs?

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If you are an existing JW Player SDK customer, you can sign in to your JW Player Dashboard and download the latest SDK packages from the “Players” section. Otherwise, if you’d like more information to purchase or get a free trial of our SDKs to build a native iOS or Android video player, please visit our Mobile SDK page.

Do you have a feature suggestion for our SDKs? Your feedback is welcome and encouraged as we continue to improve and enhance the JW Player SDKs for Android & iOS with regular feature and performance updates!

Henry Lee
Product Manager, Mobile Devices