JW Player Now Supports Mobile Web Autoplay

Desktop or mobile, web or native app, autoplay or click to play, unmuted or muted on start. There are lots of things to consider when thinking about how you set up players on your page to maximize plays and viewability for your content (and ads if you’re running them) across devices and browsers. It may seem like a no-brainer thanks to the scrolling feeds of images and videos made popular by the likes of Facebook and others, but autoplaying video content on mobile was not always possible. With JW Player 7.8, you can now configure your players to automatically start playback on mobile without going fullscreen. iphoneblackvert05x

Make JW Player Your Website’s Hero

A few pages on our website use full-motion backgrounds to catch the eye of our visitors. Our recently redesigned homepage as well as our 404 page use JW Player to load a playlist and cycle through the videos in with smooth transitions in between. I'll share with you how we do it, and give some tips on best practices for using video for your website's hero.

Agile Incident Response for Big Data Systems

How We Increased Uptime and Decreased Engineering Stress

Working in the big data world can be a little chaotic. For us that means a stable flow of 20k events per second can spike to 50k over the course of an hour. It takes only seconds to look through our logs and find a perfect example:   chart   Things move fast and we need to be able to adapt and respond immediately when our systems are under stress. When a system goes “red” most people’s first instinct is to call the engineer who built it. Over time this can create silos of knowledge and an uneven load on the engineers. Another side-effect of this engineer-first thinking is that the priority is focused on fixing the problem, missing the importance of communication.

Is Your Live Social Video Strategy Working?

html5-video-playerWith the growth of online video, connected mobile devices, and Internet for everyone, live content streaming is on the rise. Whether it’s an official cast of an event or concert, or “citizen journalism” efforts that deliver video feeds of what’s happening in the world, live-streaming has become embedded in today’s modern online and social experience. Businesses understandably want to tap into this phenomenon—but making the most of the vast landscape of opportunities means looking beyond consumer-focused platforms like Facebook Live, Periscope/Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat.

Adobe, Yext and Kaltura Veterans Join JW Player Team

Adobe executive Stephan Rioux will lead JW Player’s Enterprise Sales team, industry veterans from Kaltura and Yext also join leading video solutions company.

NEW YORK – Dec. 10, 2016JW Player, the world’s most popular video player and leading digital and mobile video solutions company, today announced the…

Peek into JW Player’s User Research Process

 

Any UX practitioners watching the HBO series Silicon Valley may have been screaming at their TVs during season 3’s final weeks. The fictional consumer-facing compression platform Pied Piper launched to dismal daily active user numbers, and viewers saw a perfect illustration of

JW Live Simplifies Live Streaming

Live streaming is becoming a critical part of the video strategy for many content creators and publishers, especially given the popularity of Facebook Live. However, because of the complexity of typical live streaming workflows and the feature limitations of existing platforms, it has been difficult to deploy live streaming and to reach its full potential. JW Live, our recently-launched  end-to-end platform for live streaming, solves these problems and enables anyone you to quickly setup a live broadcast and monetize it across devices.   screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-33-22-am

JW Live’s simple setup process

360 Video & Virtual Reality (VR) in JW Player Part 2 : Getting Started

In Part 1 of our 360 Video / VR blog series, we presented an overview of the current state of 360 Video / VR technology and the industry.  We also announced support for 360 Video and VR in our HTML5 player and native mobile SDKs. In this post, I’d like to add more detail around our new JW Player VR and 360 Video playback features with our HTML5 VR Plugin and native VR SDKs, which provide a smoother more performant experience for your iOS and Android apps. In addition to the ability to watch spherical 360 Video on desktop/mobile browsers and your native Android and iOS apps, with JW Player these platforms will also support immersive live-action VR experiences with popular headsets such as Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, and the upcoming Google Daydream View. I’ll also discuss why JW Player is committed to supporting 360 Video, where our solution works best for publishers, and what’s coming in the future.

HTML5 by Default – The Deprecation of Flash in Major Browsers

Update: With HTML5 favored by default, the latest version of JW Player will ensure optimal viewing experience! JW Player has been working hard to understand the trend of HTML5 and optimize our product for HTML5, understanding that flash-based video was not in-line with future industry standards. Our HTML5-first video player consistently helps publishers distribute high quality on demand and live videos on every desktop and mobile browser. Check it out here to see which JW Player edition best supports your video goals. Also read this HTML5 report to learn more about the state of the technology.   spooky-flash-v3 Flash is once again in the spotlight as Google follows through on their multi-year plan to phase out plugin support in Chrome and favor HTML5 by default.