With $20M, JW Player wants video publishers to look past YouTube

Video startup JW Player has raised a fresh $20 million round of funding to grow beyond its status as one of the most used non-YouTube video players. It’s a SaaS video platform, and it powers one of the largest open-source video players available, so the chances are pretty good that nearly everyone surfing the web has used it at least once before. The company claims that about five percent of all video streamed happens through its JW Player across 2 million sites to 900 million monthly unique viewers. JW Player is significant because it’s a solution for video publishers who find they can’t generate enough revenue through YouTube alone.

Nerdist Ditches YouTube to Promote Weird Al Video

YouTube is often synonymous with video marketing. But when silly songwriter Weird Al Yankovic asked multi-platform content creator Nerdist Industries to help produce a music video for his new album release, the brand decided to go against the grain and rely on its own Web video player. Instead of promoting the video on YouTube as it had done in the past, Nerdist decided to invest in its own Web video player. So during the three to four weeks it had to make the video, the company implemented customized video technology from JW Player on its site Nerdist.com.

JW Player Releases Version 6.10, Helps Publishers Monetize Video

Ad tag waterfalling becomes much less complex in this version, and publishers gain more precise ad scheduling. The improvements are coming fast for JW Player. Last month the company released version 6.9 of its player, adding Chromecast support for the desktop. Now, it’s released version 6.10, which should be even more useful thanks to two monetization advances.

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RiffTrax, Snagfilms make leap to TV screen–at least for Chromecast users

JW Player has integrated Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Chromecast support into its platform, making it possible for viewers to watch content from sites such as Rifftrax and Snagfilms on their TV sets through the device’s cast feature. Other online-video sites that use JW Player as their streaming platform, such as Baeblemusic and GamerSyde, have made the leap to supporting Chromecast as well or could add support soon, according to Gigaom. That’s because JW Player is used by a number of major content providers.

SnagFilms adds Chromecast support to its site, many others could follow soon

Users of the ad-supported movie streaming site SnagFilms can now cast videos to their TVs, thanks to their use of the popular JW Player video player … a popular HTML5 video player that added Chromecast support in July. JW Player is used by the UFC, Kickstarter, the Washington Post and Popsugar, among others. Altogether, JW Player helps provide more than 7 billion streams to more than 750 million unique viewers every month.

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What can brands new to the video space take away from the interest in clips like those from Weird Al? The massive scale that the “Tacky” video accomplished shows that independent video content publishing, particularly the “viral video” phenomenon, without YouTube is possible, and enables publishers to take more ownership over their users’ experience. Using a third-party video technology like JW Player allows brands moving into the content space to create a seamless user experience that is customized and consistent with the brand, not the video technology provider (unlike the case with YouTube, where videos and user experience are branded and controlled by YouTube).

JW Player Scales Weird Al Yankovic’s “Tacky” Nerdist Video to the Top of the Charts

JW Player, a leader in online and mobile video, today announced that its advanced online video platform powered Weird Al Yankovic’s “Tacky” video on Nerdist. JW Player was used for the launch of the first video in the series of Weird Al Yankovic’s eight videos, with exclusive video content created by Nerdist published only at Nerdist for the video’s premiere. As a result, in its first week the “Tacky” video had far more video views on JW Player than on YouTube.

JW Player Gets into Chromecast, Puts Second Screen Strategy in Play

New York-based JW Player on Tuesday said its Web video player had come to Google Chromecast, with plans to stream content on more connected devices. Never heard of the JW Player? CEO and co-founder Dave Otten says that it is possible you have already used it: “If you watch video off of YouTube, there’s a decent chance you’re watching it on a JW Player whether you knew it or not.”

JW Player updated to version 6.9, brings Chromecast support to millions of sites

In April of this year, it was announced that JW Player would soon be adding support for the Chromecast, and today the feature finally went live for everyone. For those unfamiliar, the JW Player platform powers a variety of popular websites including ESPN and millions of others. With today’s release of JW Player 6.9, it just got a whole lot easier to view web video on your TV.