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.
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.
Popular video platform JW Player now supports virtual reality and 360-degree video. With over 2 million publishers using its platform, the new capabilities could help further fuel VR and 360-degree video which have become key priorities for large companies including Google, YouTube, Samsung, Facebook and others.
Roku today is rolling out new tools that will make it simpler for anyone to bring their video content to its media player lineup, without having to write any code. With an update to the Roku Direct Publisher Platform, video creators can instead walk through a few steps, including providing a video feed, then have their new channel go live on Roku.
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“This could be a big deal for web video. I think when people start adjusting their video players and websites there will be a significant uptick for publishers in terms of video plays,” said Jeroen Wijering, head of product at online video technology provider JW Player.
With Showcase, brands can create standalone video websites or create video-heavy sections for their existing sites. Those pages can be branded with your own logo and footer text. JW Showcase uses templates for fast site creation, and comes with two default themes: Light and Dark. If you have a CSS developer in-house, you can modify the themes to your liking. You can also add your own HTML metatags for improved search engine discovery.
JW Player Co-founder and SVP of Video Sales Brian Rifkin joins panel discussion at the Video Ad Summit about monetizing video content publishers and creators. The panelists addressed a number of critical issues including how to deliver world-class user experiences that combine both content and advertising, why it’s critical to distribute content to as many places as possible, how to help advertisers capitalize on emerging opportunities like vertical video and other new formats, the role that data is playing in their monetization strategies and what important trends are going to play out over the next year, among other things.
JW Player announced yesterday that it has added Univision as a new enterprise customer in the first quarter, a significant win for the company. JW Player’s platform is being used in part to support Univision’s streaming of the high-profile Copa America Centenario matches this month, including on its mobile apps.
JW Player scored a deal with Spanish-language television network Univision to support its online and mobile streaming efforts during the Copa America Centenario, a futbol tournament being played for the first time in the U.S. throughout June. The customer win was one of several "key first quarter" deals signed by the streaming platform, along with LittleThings, an aggregator of "feel-good" content including user-submitted video.
This week at JW Insights conference (hosted by JW Player), former Buzzfeed president and current founder of live stream news channel Cheddar, Jonathan Steinberg, proclaimed that a business created yesterday, can’t successfully be created tomorrow. Some might agree, but if any company is out to prove Steinberg wrong, it’s Playboy. From its Newfronts presentation today in New York City, the over 60-year-old brand showed that it’s been out-Vice’ing Vice for decades. And now, with the launch of a new branded content studio “Playboy Studios” and the forthcoming rollout of 14 original series, Playboy is out to prove the staying-power of its brand.
"We view it as another closed ecosystem," said Dave Otten, CEO and co-founder of JW Player, in an interview with FierceOnlineVideo. He said the enterprise-focused online video platform provider encourages its clients, such as Hearst, to publish not just on their JW Player-based platforms but also to YouTube, Vimeo, and now to Video Direct, "because you get access to a user base that ultimately gives the publisher more access to (a bigger) audience," he said.
Tasting Table uses JW Player as its video player across its owned and operated sites, so when the video platform released an open-source Apple TV App builder this month, the publisher was among its first pilot customers. It worked with JW Player to create a tvOS app within days and received Apple’s blessing for entry into the App Store within a day. Within two days of the app’s debut, it was featured on the tvOS discovery page. Two or three weeks later, Apple named it among its Best New Apps. “I think it’ll be a lot more difficult to get attention on the home page in two years,” Bartakovics said. “We’re still trying to [gain traction and discovery] with our iOS app because competition there is so fierce. Getting an app out sooner than later through JW’s app builder for tvOS was kind of game-changing for us.”
Enterprise online video platform provider JW Player is taking a bold step into the mobile app world. The company launched a new open-source product, Apple TV App Builder, which enables online video providers to create an iOS streaming app with "minimal" time and effort to configure and launch.