Starting Video Instantly after a Pre-roll Ad

Achieving a server-side ad insertion experience on the client-side with JW 8.1

One of the most lucrative and engaging placements for online video advertising is the pre-roll ad. This is the ad that comes before main content that a viewer is attempting to watch. When the ad completes or is skipped to the main content, it is imperative to start video as quickly as possible. If viewers are stuck waiting for the video to load, they will leave and likely not come back. The rate at which viewers abandon video increases the longer they have to wait. Studies show that most viewers are willing to wait 1-2 seconds for video to start. After that, you can expect a 6% drop-off for each additional second of wait time.

The Playback

Top headlines and news across the digital video industry, curated each week by JW Player

 

  • The current state of advertising data, in 5 charts (DigiDay) How advertisers collect, store and use people’s data is being scrutinized more than ever, in large part due to the General Data Protection Regulation. Starting May 25, businesses will need explicit consumer consent to use their data. This is more of a headache for the use of third-party audience data than first-party data that comes directly from the publisher.

Video Player Bidding: The Future of Video & Ad Tech

JW Player partners with SpotX to deliver a groundbreaking solution for online video advertising  

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Video Player Bidding, a breakthrough header bidding solution for video with our exclusive partner SpotX, the leading video ad serving platform for publishers.

Browser-Level Autoplay Restrictions: The Advertising Impact

As desktop browsers place restrictions on autoplay, publishers have more reason than ever to embrace click-to-play advertising With changes in the industry over the last year and a half around supporting autoplay for mobile (when muted) and the more recent newsworthy restrictions implemented by Safari 11 and soon Chrome 66, there are some clear pieces of information and actions necessary for anyone in the digital video world.  

The Playback

  • Amazon’s ad business grew 60 percent this quarter (DigiDay) In its fourth-quarter earnings today, Amazon reported that “other” revenue, which mostly means advertising, plus its co-branded credit card agreements, increased to $1.7 billion in the fourth quarter. That’s 60 percent growth year over year.
 

What Is a Video Embed?

Part 2 of 5 from JW Player’s “Anatomy of a Video Series”

Last December, as part of our series on video fundamentals, we looked at the many definitions of a video play and found that “not all plays are created equal.” If you want to tell the full story of why and how viewers engage with content, the quality of a play matters a lot---but it isn’t the only benchmark. That story begins with “the embed.”

The Playback

Top headlines and news across the digital video industry, curated each week by JW Player

 

 

Industry View: Reports of the “Dying Web” Are Still Greatly Exaggerated

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

Last month, my ten year-old son showed me a stark message displayed on our Fire TV: "Starting on 2018-01-01, YouTube will not be available on this device."

To my son, YouTube and oxygen are basically the same thing, so the idea of either being "not available" is cause for a crisis. He demanded not only an explanation, but a solution.

A Google search provided us with the explanation: an ongoing spat between Amazon and Google (which owns YouTube). We had to wait a few days for Amazon to provide the solution: open YouTube in a web browser.

Yes indeed, there are two web browsers available on Fire TV. My son and I can verify that YouTube works great in both of them, no app required.

This incident touched on an important technology trend. Despite what people have been saying for the past five years, the web is not 'dying' at the hands of native apps.

Video Ad Technology: What You Need to Know

Takeaways from IAB’s "Guide to Digital Video Advertising"

For many publishers, the world of video advertising can sometimes be an intimidating place. Before content producers can even think of monetizing, they must first understand the many moving parts involved in serving a digital video ad.

In order to help publishers get their bearings, we frequently recommend the bible of video advertising, IAB's  “Guide to Digital Video Advertising.” Here are a few of the most pertinent insights for those of you who are finding your footing in digital video.