The Cloud-Hosted JW Player & Why it is the Easiest Way to Go Live

If the term “cloud-hosted”, or “in the cloud” is still news to you, then get ready for the next wave of web-based services and applications. Software as a service is moving to the cloud -- and slowly fading are the times where bulky downloads and installs are required to support basic business needs.

JW Player Expands Advertising Support For Mobile

We are happy to announce today that we have expanded advertising support for mobile within the JW Player. The JW Player now enables the delivery of VAST-compliant, pre-roll advertising into smartphone and tablet devices, giving publishers increased opportunities to monetize their fast-growing mobile audiences.  In addition, the JW Player includes an enhanced version of its advanced Advertising API which allows publishers to monetize live streaming events and to control ad scheduling across multiple networks.  Together, these features help to further expand our leadership position in supporting the ad ecosystem, across both mobile and Web.

Building Tooltip Thumbnails with Encoding.com

A great new feature in JW Player is the popup of quick preview images when mousing over the timeSlider. This allows viewers to seek to a particular position, or to quickly scan the contents of a video. We call these previews Tooltip Thumbnails. Start this video and rollover the controlbar for a live example:

These Tooltip Thumbnails are loaded in JW Player as external VTT files. The Encoding.com encoding service now has support for this format, which greatly simplifies building these Tooltip Thumbnails for your videos.

Supporting Twitter Cards

A while back Twitter introduced a feature called “Twitter cards” that allows you to embed rich content such as video directly into a tweet. The content is then visible when you click “view media” on your timeline, on the permalink for a tweet, when you embed a tweet, and in the official twitter apps. Any site can do this; all you need are some Twitter friendly meta tags in the head of your page and a video page that can be embedded into an iframe. This is really easy to do and Twitter’s official documentation is excellent.

In this blog post I will explain how to set up your page so your video can easily be embedded into Twitter.

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And the winner is…

Thanks to everyone who completed our survey. We received 3,000 responses! Input from our users is extremely helpful to us as we work to make JW Player better and better.

Congratulations to Steve from Little Art Web on winning the iPad. We hope you enjoy it :)

New in JW Player: Responsive Design

With sales of mobile devices now outpacing those of desktop PCs, web designers face a challenge: how to best present content across all these devices. Smartphone screens average around 4” diagonally, tablets are 7″ to 10″, laptops average around 14″ and desktop monitors go up to 30″ these days. All these different devices result in screens of varying shapes and sizes. This presents a challenge when laying out a page – how to provide a viewing experience that looks good on every screen. One solution is responsive design.

What is Responsive Design?

The best way to understand responsive design is to look at what happens when a page is not responsive:

The State of HTML5 Video - Q1 2013

It’s been a busy first quarter for 2013! Already this year we have seen Microsoft's foray into tablet with their Surface, and BlackBerry’s release of their long-awaited BB10 phone. To coincide with the latest update of our State of HTML5 Video Report, we’ll explore a couple of industry changes impacting the world of online video.

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?