JW Player 5.7: All about HTML5 Playlists

Update: JW7 is now available. Check it out here.

This release of the JW Player 5.7 focuses heavily on lifting HTML5 support closer to parity with Flash. The most glaring gap had been the lack of support for XML playlists and for a visual playlist UI component. We’re happy to announce that those features are now available. Read more to find out what’s new.

RSS Playlists in HTML5

The title says it all. You can now load RSS and mRSS (RSS with “media” extensions) directly into a player running in HTML5 mode. Please note, JavaScript applications must comply with browsers’ Same-Origin policy, although there are a couple of workarounds.

Visual HTML5 Playlist Component

You can now scroll through your playlist with a visual component in HTML5 mode. This much-requested feature comes with full skinning support and works in desktop browsers as well as in iOS. Here it is in action:

This example even works on iOS!

Stability and Performance Enhancements

This release contains 38 bug fixes and player enhancements, making the player more stable than ever before. See the release notes for more details.

Download the JW Player 5.7

You can download the JW Player 5.7 for Flash and HTML5 here. As always, we would love to hear your feedback on the release. Just post your comments directly to this blog.