The Winners of Hackweek

With free rein to experiment, JW Player engineers create innovative solutions to overcome unique challenges

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The results are in! Last month, our engineers experimented with new ideas and projects over a five-day Hackweek competition. With the goal to “provide an outlet to ideate, innovate, and create cool stuff in a self-organized way,” Hackweek encouraged novel approaches to problem solving—regardless of how directly they were tied to current JW Player products. Our product and engineering staff, including the top 3 winning teams, certainly didn’t disappoint.

JW Player July 2018 Product Release

Monthly update on the latest product improvements and offerings

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We are excited to announce the launch of JW Player's July 2018 product releases, enabling our customers to:

Grow audiences by seamlessly publishing videos to Facebook

Reduce playback errors and viewer abandonment with standardized playback errors

Deliver a broadcast-quality viewing experience on the web

Create a consistent viewing experience and improve monetization on mobile

Restoring Trust in the Digital Ecosystem

Experts at JW Insights weigh in on GDPR's informed explicit consent, brand safety, and blockchain

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You have a teenage daughter. For the first time, she’s dating. Guy #1 tells you he’s taking her to see a 3D screening of The Incredibles 2, grab cherry slushies and hot dogs at 7-Eleven, and get gas at Chevron. Guy #2 simply tells you it’s going to be dinner and a movie. In both cases, you gave the go-ahead for the guys to take her out. But which one do you trust more to date your daughter? According to expert panelists at JW Insights, under GDPR, the clear winner in this scenario would be Guy #1.

90 Days Later: Video Player Bidding Best Practices

Video Player Bidding helps you maximize monetization, provided you’re following these recommendations

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After the launch of Video Player Bidding earlier this year, we’ve seen great adoption and some impressive  benefits, including faster time-to-first-frame for ads and a great supplemental boost of ad demand for publishers’ ad stacks. As with any great new product comes great learning experiences. With months of data and the associated on-going analysis, our goal is to educate our customers on best practices to optimize Video Player Bidding setups to maximize revenue potential.

Are Machines Taking Over the World?

At JW Insights, experts discuss machine learning’s impact on the future of digital media

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Rooted in the idea that machines can be as smart as humans, machine learning applies the concept of artificial intelligence to learn from data and autonomously improve performance based on that information. At JW Insights 2018, industry experts, including JW Player’s SVP of Technology, John Luther, shared their thoughts on what machine learning can—and can’t—do in our rapidly evolving digital age. Here are three takeaways.

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

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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.

Giving Developers Time to Innovate

Perspectives on the digital video world from JW Player’s SVP of Technology

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Last week was Hackweek here at JW Player. Every six months we put aside all non-critical engineering work for one week so that our engineers and technical staff can experiment with new ideas. In some cases, these projects are not even directly related to their everyday work.

Driving Business Growth with Video Analytics

Paul Bannister of CafeMedia shares tips on setting up data analytics for video success

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When it comes to using data to grow your video business, the numbers don’t lie. Getting to the truth, though, requires an excellent grasp of video analytics. As Paul Bannister, EVP of digital media company CafeMedia, discussed at this year’s JW Insights, knowing which data points are important and how to use them strategically is an iterative process that takes both intuition and practice. Here’s some advice he shared with us.

JW Player June 2018 Product Release

Monthly update on the latest product improvements and offerings

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We are excited to announce the launch of JW Player's June 2018 product releases, enabling our customers to:

Deliver a broadcast quality viewing experience on the web

Anticipate and deliver the content that matters

12 Takeaways from JW Insights 2018

Our favorite observations about digital video at JW Player's 5th annual conference

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At JW Insights 2018, we explored everything from video intelligence and machine learning to monetization strategies and actionable analytics. It was a very full day of discussions with 300+ industry guests, and we've put together 12 key takeaways from some of the best panels, keynotes, and fireside chats. Take a look below.