Video Scarcity Pushes Publishers To Consider Context – Not Just Reach

Publishers that sell out of video inventory quickly are trying to increase video engagement by improving the quality of the user experience – not just chasing reach at the most cost-effective CPM. For example, Little Things dumped autoplay, mobile interstitials and outstream in favor of click-to-play. “We wanted video views to be on the consumer’s terms,” said Justin Festa, chief digital officer for Little Things, at JW Player’s JW Insights event in New York on Thursday.

3 Reasons Video Technology Will Undergo a Sea Change in 2017

2016 was a watershed year for video: Live streaming changed the face of broadcasting, delivering breaking news over social feeds; Apple and Google made their browsers consistent with the desktop versions allowing native app publishers to auto-start video playback inline on the page; and Flash's continued depreciation was a positive sign for most.

Opera TV teams up with JW Player

Opera TV has entered into a partnership with the digital and mobile video platform and player company JW Player. As a result, Opera TV Snap and JW Player will enable the latter’s over two million supported websites to package online video channels into ready-to-run TV apps.

What’s The Potential For Programmatic Video?

Dave Otten, CEO and Founder, JW Player, expects programmatic to emerge as a key factor in over-the-top TV (OTT) environments, as well as desktop and mobile. “Programmatic will follow the eyeballs to OTT. There should be a lot of cross-platform targeting.”

Life After Flash: Will Producers Move to HLS, DASH, or Both?

JW Player’s John Luther, who spoke at Streaming Media West, shared some statistics about Flash, HLS, and DASH usage among the more than 2 million websites and 17 billion videos played per month using the player. Specifically, he reported that of the streams that JW Player delivered, 58 percent were delivered via HTML5, compared to 42 percent for Flash.

JW Player Intros Video Recommendation System to Drive Engagement

Video player and platform company JW Player introduced a recommendation system today that creates personalized and updated suggestions for each viewer. Built entirely in-house, the system can create playlists based on trending videos (using real-time viewer activity to show what's hot at that moment), similar videos (recommending videos based on the viewer's behavior as well as content within the video), and search (where the playlist is based on keywords or an in-video search).

JW Player adds virtual reality to its app creation suite

Online video platform provider JW Player is adding virtual reality and 360-degree video capability to its streaming service offerings for publishers, jumping feet-first into the VR segment with a product that includes SDKs to enable streaming over native apps, in addition to an HTML5 plugin for browser-based streaming.

JW Player adds VR/360° Video to Online Video Platform

“JW Player has been a terrific partner in our early successes,” said McClatchy's director of video product and operations, Meghan Sims. "JW Player 360° video technology is an important piece in the evolution of video storytelling here at McClatchy. And it's going to be a big part of some exciting things we have planned next year."