It’s all too common for viewers to wait several seconds for video advertisements to load—if they load at all—and those that make it through often don’t return due to the slow load times. In JW 8.4, we introduce ad preloading, an optional setting which preloads ad breaks before they play. We’re committed to providing publishers and their viewers with a no-buffer video player, no matter what the setup.
This release also introduces new and improved error handling in the player. We have revamped error codes from the ground up to be more comprehensive, descriptive, and consistent. This will enable faster troubleshooting and programmatic handling of errors by developers. Error codes will now appear in the console with deep links to our new Error Reference documentation organized by category. Lastly, we are improving error messages shown in the player to be more friendly and informative to the viewer, which we will be rolling out in beta versions over the next few weeks before the release goes into production.
Release Date: August 13, 2018
Fixed an issue where closed captions were cut off in Android Chrome browsers for portrait and full-screen playback.
Release Date: July 27, 2018
Resolved a bug in the VAST ad plugin that arose in 8.4.3 where calling playAd() in on(‘beforePlay’) would cause the ad and content to play simultaneously.
Release Date: July 25, 2018
Updated ad preloading functionality in the VAST ad plugin to include preloading the preroll of subsequent playlist items.
Added the configuration property ‘bidOnBreaks’ for Video Player Bidding to the VAST ad plugin.
Fixed an issue where incorrectly registering a plugin results in a setup error.
Fixed an issue in iOS Safari where the captions would not be scaled correctly when in fullscreen.
Fixed an issue In HLS streams where AAC segments with a timestamp of zero were considered to have no timestamp at all.
Fixed an issue with custom ad countdown macros where ‘xx’ would be incorrectly replaced with the countdown in cases where the macro is part of a word like ‘Hexx’.
Fixed an issue with Video Player Bidding with DFP mediation where multiple key-value pairs could get added erroneously.
Fixed an issue where the VAST ad plugin was not using the element of the VAST XML when provided to determine the ‘skipoffset’.
Fixed an issue with the VAST ad plugin on iOS Safari where toggling the mute state when using ‘vpaidcontrols:true’ sometimes had no effect.
Release Date: July 11, 2018
For FreeWheel ad plugin, added ‘PVRN’, ‘VPRN’ values to the ad request for forecasting purposes.
For FreeWheel ad plugin, started passing ‘afid’, and ‘sfid’ values to the ad request for fallback purposes if the primary Asset ID and Site Section ID fail.
Fixed an issue with players embedded through an iframe where the controls did not fade out when the user moused away from the video via the bottom of the player.
Fixed an issue that would cause the playlist overlay to sometimes not resize correctly when the player size changes.
Fixed an issue where custom playback rates were being rounded to the nearest .25 increment, rather than to the nearest hundredth digit.
Fixed an issue with the IMA ad plugin where the pause and fullscreen buttons may be inactive for prerolls following the first playlist item.
Fixed an issue with the VAST ad plugin where certain VPAID ads might result in two new tabs being opened instead of a single tab when the user clicks the ad.
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Fixed an issue with IMA and poor connections where ‘play’ might be called before the ‘playlistItem’ event fires, which resulted in an error.
Fixed a bug where sharing a video through the player caused the shared links to 404 if the url did not already contain a parameter.
Release Date: June 18, 2018
New player error coding and classification system documented in new Error Reference doc.
Error codes now appear in the developer console with deep links to the Error Reference page.
Error code assignments map to new non-technical, viewer-friendly error messages displayed in the player.
Improved player error display to be responsive to screen width and message length.
Improved menu navigation to conform with accessibility standards; up and down arrows navigate items in a submenu, while tabbing selects different menus.
Added the ability to focus on the time slider (progress bar).
Added screen reader support to read out the current position when focused on the time slider or when seeking.
Added screen reader support to read out the volume when changed.
Created a new configuration property for VAST and IMA, preloadAds, which enables ad preloading for prerolls, midrolls, postrolls in the first playlist item.
Added a viewableImpression event to VAST and IMA based on the IAB definition of viewability, which states that a video must be 50% viewable for at least 2 seconds.
Re-added the fullscreen icon during ad playback at all breakpoints. This was previously removed to conserve controlbar space.
Now passing autoplay/mute status to DFP with VAST.
Improved behavior of the FreeWheel ad plugin with ad blockers by proceeding directly to content rather than waiting for a timeout.
Re-added the fullscreen icon to the ads controlbar for all breakpoints.
Added a new configuration property for IMA ‘bidOnBreaks’ for Video Player Bidding which allows for bidding on only the first X of the scheduled breaks to reduce latency.
Released full support for Google DAI.
Fixed an issue where the cursor would disappear if you set controls to false via setControls().
Fixed a bug causing the space and enter keys to not work with JAWS in IE 11.
Fixed an issue that allowed JAWS to focus on hidden elements in IE 11.
Fixed an issue preventing menus from closing by hitting the ESC key.
Fixed an issue with IMA where a blank ad schedule would erroneously throw a 21009 error.
Fixed an issue with certain VPAID creatives where the mute state of the creative (muted) didn’t match the mute state of the player controls (not muted), and required multiple taps of the mute button to get the mute state in sync.
Fixed an issue with VAST and the 'vpaidcontrols' configuration property where the mute button had no effect for certain VPAIDs.
Fixed an issue where the skip button would be visible even though the ad was too short to ever be able to use the skip button.
Known Ads Issue
When enabling ad preloading with IMA for click to play or autostart:viewable players, some VPAIDs incorrectly autostart without a user gesture on Firefox, IE 11, and Edge.