Introducing JW Player 6 for WordPress

With over 400,000 downloads and counting, the JW Player for WordPress Plugin is an extremely popular way that our publishers go live. We are now proud to announce the general availability of our WordPress plugin for JW Player 6, as part of the plugin’s 2.0 update. We are excited to have our WordPress users upgrade to our newest major JW Player version - JW Player 6.

Read about what’s new in our WordPress plugin for JW6 and then visit our Getting Started Guide to get JW Player 6 up and running on your WordPress blog.

The Pain of Live Streaming on Android

Streaming video on mobile devices remains one of the most challenging and frustrating experiences for viewers and broadcasters alike. When HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) was introduced, the goal was simple: easily stream live and on-demand video content to devices with a variety of bandwidth connections. Adaptive streaming is the marquee feature of HLS, and while Adobe’s RTMP can offer similar capabilities in Flash, desktop browsers like Chrome and Firefox can play HLS streams using a player like the JW Player. HLS is enhanced further by native implementations found within Safari and iOS, which makes streaming to mobile devices even easier.

So, what’s the problem?

Jan Ozer interviews JW on Apple HLS and MPEG DASH

One of the most sought-after features of JW6 is support for Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), built into the new premium player. This feature enables publishers to have a single set of video files that can be streamed to both the desktop and mobile devices - vastly simplifying life and expanding publishers’ reach to even more audiences.

Apple HLS Streaming on JW Player

In an interview with Streaming Media’s Jan Ozer, Jeroen talks about how HLS support works in the JW Player, on desktops, iOS, and Android.

Introducing Our Newest Online Video Player Update – JW Player 6

Today, we are proud to announce the public release of JW Player 6! JW6 is JW Player’s biggest update yet, containing tons of new or enhanced functionality. This blog post highlights the most important ones, including a redesigned interface, move to HTML5 first and support for Apple's HTTP Live Streaming in Flash.

LongTail Raises $5 million From Greycroft

Dear LongTail Video Community,

I am excited to share some very exciting news – LongTail Video has just completed its first venture financing round! In total, we raised $5 million and have partnered with two fantastic investors, Greycroft Partners and Cue Ball Capital. Needless to say, this is a big milestone for our company and we cannot thank all of you enough for your support.

If you are interested in learning more about the financing, you can find the official press release here.

LongTail Video Update after Hurricane Sandy

As you all may know, LongTail Video is a New York City based company, and we too have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our HQ is located in the Union Square neighborhood and we were affected by the power outages from Sandy that hit almost every area below 34th Street. Mayor Bloomberg and Con Edison, our electric provider, have been very responsive to all New Yorkers in keeping us up to date on repairs and services, and we are hoping that next week we will be close to coming back online at our offices.

The State of HTML5 Video Report – Market Share Updates, Text Tracks, MediaSource API and More…

This week we released another quarterly update to our online resource, The State of HTML5 Video Report. Since its launch in January, our HTML5 report has been read over 200,000 times, and is actively discussed on social media and the blogosphere. We eagerly await your feedback on this latest version!

In Q3 2012, there have been some interesting trends in market share both on the browser and mobile sides. We tested HTML5 support in Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and found it encouraging on most fronts. In terms of what to look for on the horizon, we are very excited about upcoming text track support and the new MediaSource API for HTML5 adaptive streaming.