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:

Product Latest Version
JW Player 7.4.3
Android SDK 2.3.0
iOS SDK 2.3.0
JW Platform API -

Recent Releases:


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).

jw player tv casting

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.

jw player realtime analytics

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.

jw player platform ad scheduling

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.

JW Player appleTV App Builder

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.

Misc.

  • 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.

The Mobile SDKs 2.1 include updates in the Enterprise and Ads editions of JW Player. See the Android SDK Release Notes and the iOS SDK Release Notes for more info.


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).

JW Player multiple users and properties

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.

JW Player Analytics Recency

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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