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v8.8

Viewability Features

In the industry, a video player that is at least 50% in view on the screen for greater than two seconds is considered “viewable.” Viewability is a key signal of engagement, which is why it has become the gold standard for publishers and advertisers alike. JW 8.8.0 introduces the floating player, which minimizes itself to the bottom right corner of the screen when a viewer scrolls the player out of view. It ensures nearly 100% viewability and can be easily dismissed back to its original position. Another way to increase average viewability is by automatically pausing the video when the player is out of view. Our auto pause feature can help you do just that. Both of these features are available with as little as one line of code..

Also new in JW 8.8.0 is support for the CMAF standard, as well as using our recommendations interfaces (known as the shelf and shelf widget) on any playlist, and six new languages for automatic localization. See the full release notes below for more additions.

v8.8.6

Release Date: May 15, 2019

Updates

Core Player

  • Removed Google+ sharing support due to the shutdown of that product.
  • Added support for sending events to Google Analytics custom trackers.
  • Added automatic player localization support for Occitan and Slovenian.
  • Made the tabbing behavior in and out of the volume slider consistent to improve accessibility.
  • Improved auto pause behavior so that it is consistent across devices.
  • Added the ability to configure nextupoffset to display the next up overlay at a specified percent of the way through the video, rather than at a fixed number of seconds from the beginning or end of the video.

Fixes

Core Player

  • Fixed an issue on iOS causing playback errors (code 224002) when reopening Safari after navigating away from the app.
  • Fixed an issue preventing related.displayMode, which controls playlist user interfaces, from working on Starter and Business edition players.
  • Fixed an issue causing captions to appear too high in fullscreen in Safari on devices running iOS.
  • Fixed a typo in the word for “Share” in the French translation.
  • Fixed a bug where the settings button did not appear in the control bar if audio tracks was the only menu available.
  • Fixed an issue causing manual quality selection to revert to Auto in between changing text tracks on DASH streams.

Advertising

  • Fixed a bug causing ad cues to disappear from the timeline when toggling controls with the setControls method.
  • Fixed ad errors occurring when the MIME type of an ad creative differed from the type of the video content.
  • Fixed an issue preventing fallback ads when fallbackOnNoAd is set to true.

v8.8.5

Release Date: April 24, 2019

Updates

Core Player

  • Improved float-on-scroll responsiveness with more precise player visibility detection.

v8.8.4

Release Date: April 22, 2019

Updates

Core Player

  • Added a next up notification to small players.

Advertising

  • In the VAST plugin, filtered out 3gpp creatives due to lack of codec support in some environments.
  • Fixed an issue in the IMA plugin where programmatically calling skipAd before an ad becomes skippable would not skip the ad, but cause the media to start playing in the background.
  • Updated the following Ad Error codes to better reflect the root causes of the error:
    • 60004 is now 10402 (Creative timeout)
    • 60001 is now 10303 (No ads response)
    • 50004 is now 51901 (VPAID general error)
    • 234003 is now 10405 (Request for MP4 creative returns a 404)
    • 242404 is now 10403 (Request for HLS creative returns a 404)

Fixes

Core Player

  • Fixed an issue causing the player to infinitely buffer when resuming after a stopping a live stream with separate audio tracks.
  • Fixed a bug where the captions menu was removed when casting with Chrome unless captions were enabled prior to casting for manifests with sideloaded VTT captions.
  • Fixed an issue making captions unavailable when casting if chapter tracks are also present in the feed.
  • Fixed a Javascript exception when a Chromecast session errors.
  • Fixed style bleeding on some menus that may appear on sites with global ul styles.

v8.8.2

Release Date: April 4, 2019

Updates

Core Player

  • Made security improvements to input handling.
  • Added a tooltip over the play and pause icons to improve accessibility.

Advertising

  • Added inner error details to Google IMA 901 "General VPAID Error” errors.

Fixes

Core Player

  • Fixed an issue where stalled live HLS streams were not entering the buffer state or emitting buffer events.
  • Fixed an issue where players in iframes configured to float would minimize in the iframe instead of the containing page. Floating is not supported in players set up in iframes.
  • Fixed an issue causing a floating player to not always be the topmost item on the page.
  • Removed logging of the {{Negative cursor position -1}} error in HLS streams.
  • Fixed incorrect styling of the Chromecast button.
  • Fixed a bug causing the right click menu to be too large.

v8.8.1

Release Date: March 25, 2019

Fixes

Core Player

  • Fixed an issue causing the floating player to go back to its original location on complete of each playlist item. Skipping to the next video by clicking a thumbnail or the next up button was unaffected.

v8.8.0

Release Date: March 21, 2019

Updates

Core Player

  • Added a new object, floating, which keeps the player visible when the original player location is scrolled out of view by minimizing it to the bottom right corner of the screen (and the top of the page in portrait mode on small screens). Viewers cannot hide the floating player and send it back to its original location when floating.dismissible is set to false. Learn more about floating in our documentation.
  • Removed a previously undocumented configuration option, floatOnScroll, which was available for a beta version of the floating player. Please use the new floating block above.
  • Added the ability for the viewer to drag and reposition the floating player anywhere on the screen. Dragging is disabled during ad playback.
  • Added a new object, autoPause, which automatically pauses the video when less than 50% in view, including when the player is no longer in the active tab. Learn more about autopause in our documentation.
  • Added support for CMAF format streams across all browsers.
  • Improved handling of relative protocol urls so that JW Player hosted protocol-relative playlist urls can play when accessing a webview that has js embed with file:// protocol. Only jwplatform playlist urls starting with "//" are changed to be loaded over https. URLs for other domains or for ad tags must be fully resolved in the setup configuration.
  • Improved the user experience by retaining the paused state after a viewer seeks while paused. Developers who have worked around this in the past by calling pause() on seek no longer need to use the API, but anyone who wishes to resume playback automatically after a seek event now must call play().
  • Improved clarity by hiding the settings menu gear icon in the control bar if the only submenu option is also a shortcut icon in the control bar, which applies to sharing and captions.
  • Added a volume slider to control bar only players, which is used to play audio. Setting a player’s height to 42px automatically puts the player into control bar only mode.
  • Added a reference dialog for keyboard shortcuts within the player, which can be accessed via the right click menu or evoked by pressing SHIFT+?.
  • Added support for all playlists to use our recommendations user interfaces by setting related.displayMode to shelf or shelfWidget. Read more about this option in the configuration reference. The default interface for playlists that are not generated through our recommendations product remains as overlay.
  • Removed the localization option, playlist, which localized the tooltip text, overlay heading, and aria-label HTML attribute of a playlist overlay. To customize this text, please use related.heading within the intl block.
  • Added a shortcut to sharing in the right click menu.
  • Added automatic localization support for six new languages: Russian, Indonesian, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and Finnish. Check our support article for a full list of the 21 supported languages and to submit a request for additional languages.

Advertising

  • Deprecated the on(‘adManager’) event for Google IMA and Freewheel, which fires when the ad manager is loaded. on(‘adsManager’), with an “s”, should be used instead.

Fixes

Core Player

  • Fixed a typo in the French translation of the word share.

Advertising

  • Fixed an issue causing audio to play in background when a player is removed while it’s loading an ad with the Google IMA client.
  • Fixed a bug where chapter markers are not displayed if there is a mid-roll ad break using the Google IMA client.