JW Player Release Notes
This page provides a high-level overview of all recent JW Player product releases.
If you are a developer looking for more detailed technical release notes, please see the following developer pages:
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JW Player 7.7 - October 4, 2016
JW Player 7.7 has a new interface for displaying playlist content and a new flow for transitioning into discovery mode to showcase recommended content. The tile layout introduced in JW 7.6 will now also be used to display curated playlist content, replacing the visual playlist in the controlbar. After the last playlist item, if there are JW Platform powered recommendations, the UI will transition seamlessly into discovery mode which continuously recommends new videos to help viewers discover new content.
This release also enhances the controlbar UI with a new default rewind 10 second element, a new “Next Up” button which shows a tooltip for the next video to be played when hovered over, and the option for the Next Up element to display before the next video begins.
This release also enhances the following functionality:
- Improved Google IMA SDK load time
- Expanded support for Apple FairPlay Streaming
- Multi-period support in MPEG-DASH streams
- HTML5 HLS playback in Firefox 45+
JW Player 7.6 - August 12, 2016
JW Player 7.6 has a mobile optimized design for displaying recommended content during and after a video ends. This new overlay is called “Next Up” and retains all of the functionality the related overlay. Next Up pairs seamlessly with feeds from JW Platform to allow your viewers to continue watching and discovering great content.
JW Player 7.5 - July 26, 2016
JW Player 7.5 has added support for caption positioning in both VTT and 708 format in HTML5. We’ve also revamped how captions are styled, by leveraging an easy to use caption styling API. In addition to our captions work, we’ve added support for new DRM systems. JW 7.5 supports Fairplay in Safari OSX and Widevine in Firefox 47+. Finally, we’ve improved our ad scheduling, integrated screen reader support, and improved our default skin.
A full list of changes can be found on our full release notes.
JW Player SDK 2.4.0 - June 29, 2016
Free, Premium, and Platinum license editions are now supported in the JW Player SDK and playback of HLS streams protected with Apple FairPlay Streaming (FPS) is now supported in the JW Player SDK for iOS.
JW Player SDK 2.3.0 - June 6, 2016
The JW Player team is happy to announce that the JW Player SDK for iOS and Android version 2.3.0 can play VPAID 2.0 interactive video ads in HTML5 on native mobile apps.
In addition, the JW Player SDK for Android now supports multiple track audio and playback of Widevine DRM encrypted videos in the JW Player SDK for Android.
See the Mobile SDKs 2.3 blog post for more details.
JW Player 7.4 - May 10, 2016
Apple HLS adaptive streaming is the most widely used streaming technology. JW Player now supports HLS in HTML5 through Chrome’s Media Source Extensions. HTML5 playback of HLS in the world's most used browser decreases the time to first frame and further reduces the reliance of Flash as a video rendering technology. With only a few exceptions, HLS in HTML5 will work as it did with Flash, just faster!
TV Casting - Apr 8, 2016
JW Player SDK for Android 2.2 gives developers a simple, out-of-the-box ability to search for available Chromecast devices and wirelessly cast videos from their mobile app to any selected Chromecast device. We currently support HLS adaptive streams and MP4 progressive videos and viewers will be able to pause, play, seek, and control playback from the mobile app.
JW Player SDK for iOS 2.2 supports casting to Chromecast devices just like the Android SDK, but with iOS we also make it easy for developers to enable viewers to wirelessly stream content using AirPlay and control playback directly from the iOS app to any AirPlay enabled device (for example Apple TV).
See the Mobile SDKs 2.2 blog post for more details.
Realtime Analytics - Mar 28, 2016
With Realtime Analytics, Publishers can see which videos are popular right now. Real-time will make audience & content trends more actionable, especially for fast moving content segments like news, sports and entertainment.
Realtime Analytics are available in the Enterprise and Ads editions of JW Player. See the Realtime Analytics article for more info.
CDN Accelerated Uploads - Mar 3, 2016
CDN Accelerated Uploads leverage our CDN edge nodes to dramatically (up to 10x) improve the upload speed of videos. Customers in South America, Asia and Oceania in particular will benefit from this upgrade.
Contrary to competing solutions like Aspera Fasp, no dedicated software is needed for accelerated uploads. They work for regular HTTP uploads, both within the user dashboard and through the platform API.
CDN Accelerated Uploads are available in all editions of JW Player. See the Platform API documentation for more info.
Platform Ad Scheduling - Mar 1, 2016
Platform Ad Scheduling enables editorial users to schedule mid-rolls, waterfalls and per-video advertisements. All functionality of JW Player's ad configuration API is supported in an intuitive, no-coding-needed UI. Schedules are particularly effective for monetizing content that's over 5 minutes in lenght through mid-rolls.
Platform Ad Scheduling is available in the Ads edition of JW Player. See the Scheduling Ad Breaks article for more info.
AppleTV App Builder - Feb 18, 2016
Our open-source AppleTV App Builder enables Online Publications to get their content to TV efficiently and cost-effectively. The app builder allows easy customization through colors & images. Content is populated using RSS feeds from JW Platform. Advertising and Analytics through JW Platform are also included.
The AppleTV App Builder is available in all editions of JW Player. See our JW Player AppleTV Git repo for more info.
JW Player 7.3 - Feb 16, 2016
JW Player 7.3 offers a variety of improvements and bugfixes. Exclusively on iOS devices, we now utilize the native HTML5 tracks element, allowing for fullscreen captions on iOS devices. Additional DRM options have also been added, along with other improvements and changes.
PlayReady DRM Support
- PlayReady DRM now supported on IE11/Edge browsers for Win 8.1+
- Clearkey DRM now functions with DASH
HTML5 HLS Safari Improvements
- ID3 timed metadata can now be accessed with the on('meta') listener
- HLS DVR streams can now be viewed and controlled on JW Player controlbar
- HLS embedded captions can now be controlled with JW Player control bar
- Native HTML5 caption tracks are now used for iOS devices, allowing for fullscreen subtitles.
- Multiple audio tracks can now be accessed in Safari.
- Player supports playlists in JSON file format
- Ads rendered with Google IMA SDK now use JW Player control bar UI
JW Player 7.3 includes updates for all editions of JW Player. See the HTML5 Player Release Notes for more info.
Mobile SDKs 2.1 - Feb 2, 2016
The 2.1 updates of our Android and iOS Mobile SDKs most notably introduce reading and exposing ID3 metadata from HLS streams. Common use cases include server-side or client-side ad insertion, as well as presentiong artist/album information for radio stations.
Android SDK Updates
- ID3 Timed Metadata
- Local Media File Playback
- Chromecast Beta
- Support for newly added JW7 API callbacks (onSeeked, onFirstFrame, onAdRequest, etc.)
- Various enhancements and bugfixes.
iOS SDK Updates
- HLS Live DVR
- ID3 Timed Metadata
- Picture in Picture (iOS 9 iPad only)
- HLS Multiple Track Audio
- Various enhancements and bugfixes.
Multiple Users & Properties - Jan 21, 2016
Multiple Users & Properties enable larger companies to segment their media library, providing users with granular access to one or more of them. Each property has its own player templates & downloads, videos & feeds library, engagement & usage analytics and content protection rules. Typical use cases include:
- Businesses that span multiple teams (e.g. marketing, product, support, etc).
- Media corporations with multiple publications (e.g. magazines, blogs or talent sites).
- Development agencies with multiple customers (using a property for each customer).
Multiple Users are included in all editions of JW Player. See the Managing Users article for more info. Multiple Properties are included in the Enterprise and Ads editions of JW Player. See the Managing Properties article for more info.
Analytics Recency - Jan 7, 2016
Analytics Recency improves the availability of analytics from next-day to within seconds of event capture. This improves the actionability of analytics, as video edits or ad rules can be optimized as changes happen.
Today's unique viewers count will be estimated, but accurate within 2%. Custom date ranges are now also supported.
The Analytics Recency update is included in all editions of JW Player. See the Using JW Player Analytics article for more info.
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