JW Player

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JW Player is a company and its eponymous lead product, a video player for embedding in websites , the most popular video player for self- hosted web videos.

The proprietary software is offered as Software as a Service (SaaS): in a free basic version for strictly non-commercial websites and also as a paid service. In 2015, the number of commercial customers rose by over 40% to 15,000, in the USA by 60% in the USA. 2.5 million websites used the free edition and reached one billion viewers per month. The software has existed since 2005 and is named after the company's founder and original developer Jeroen Wijering.

It was initially distributed as open source software via Jeroen's blog. It also used YouTube in the first few years until it was bought by Google.

JW Player supports

In 2015, the completely rewritten version 7 was released, which should now be smaller and load faster. Support for HTML5 video and Flash video have since been built into the same HTML5 software; Adobe Flash -based output has been discontinued.

Around 2007 or 2008, the software product was incorporated into LongTail, which was then a newly founded advertising agency in New York and which was renamed JW Player in 2013. Another product is the video management software JW Platform, formerly known as Bits On The Run.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c Troy Dreier (Streaming Media Magazine), August 13, 2015: JW Player 7 Released, With DASH Support and Speed ​​Improvements
  2. Anthony Ha (TechCrunch), January 5, 2016: JW Player Raises $ 20M To Expand Its Video Platform
  3. Jocelyn Johnson (VideoInk), January 18, 2016: 5Qs with JW Player's Jeroen Wijering and Chris Mahl
  4. a b Ryan Lawler, October 24, 2013: LongTail Video Rebrands As JW Player Because That's What Customers Know Them For
  5. http://www.reelseo.com/jwplayer-video-technology-innovations/
  6. https://www.thedrum.com/news/2015/08/07/how-jw-player-became-largest-video-player-behind-youtube-and-facebook