Parent Category:News 10-09-2013
Online video platform vendor Kaltura is launching a new version of its video player, which enables delivery of HTML5 with chromeless components for Flash, iOS and Android. It also includes a new skin and enhanced publishing/monetisation options.
New publishing options include QR codes for easy mobile player previews, new iFrame and thumbnail embeds and SEO mark-up. On the monetisation front, Kaltura now provides support for the VAST 3.0 format for both Flash and HTML5, with features like ad-pods (consecutive ads). Kaltura also includes VPAID 2.0 support, enabling rich in-ad interactive experiences.
It also offers integration of live streaming into Kaltura's player to provide live broadcasts on any device, and Kaltura has enhanced its integration with Google Widevine to provide maximum protection for premium content to help prevent unauthorised distribution and piracy.
"As we continue to expand our platform, together with our global developer community, there is a clear focus on both performance and functionality," said Kaltura chairman and CEO, Ron Yekutiel. "The winning combination of our new, enhanced player, our MPEG-DASH plans and the new Player Factory site will ensure that our customers can enjoy all the great bells and whistles without compromising on performance both now and in the future."
Set to launch at the upcoming IBC 2013 in Amsterdam, the player also fulfils section 508 of the w3c's Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) standard for Web accessibility requirements aimed at people with disabilities. For example, Kaltura delivers a keyboard input experience designed for users unable to use a mouse, and a seamless browser-managed experience for better integration with Web accessibility tools. The player also has keyboard shortcuts for all main player functions and player plug-ins.
The company's Player Factory site is launching as well, which makes it easier for users and developers to extend and customise the Kaltura video player. The site showcases all features and plug-ins related to the video player, including demos and code snippets for users and developers.
And, Kaltura will be showing for the first time a demo of its MPEG-DASH capabilities at IBC ahead of a planned launch later this year, for efficient live streaming from the Web to connected devices. Adding support for the MPEG-DASH standard to the video player will enable adaptive streaming from browsers such as IE 11, Chrome and Firefox, and improve live and video-on-demand (VOD) streaming to connected devices such as smartphones and smart TVs, as well as delivery content controls (DRM) via HTML5 encrypted media extension.
Kaltura's video player is in use by a range of organisations, including ABC News, Wikipedia, Harvard and SAP.