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New Updates to the StreamSpot Player

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Nov 28, 2017 12:48:01 PM
bitrate-selector.jpg StreamSpot is excited to announce the release of several upgrades to our custom streaming players. The upgraded player is the result of feedback from our customers, industry trends and playback standards, and the combined knowledge of our streaming experts. As we began to break down the player we began to think of new ways to implement features and ways to improve its functionality and ease of use. The result was a complete rebuild of the streaming player from the ground up. The upgraded player is faster, lighter and even more compatible with all devices and browsers.

The changes go beyond just the aesthetic look of the player, we have done away with the former slideout “menu", customers revealed that viewers were not sure how to access the menu and were not aware of the many options and features that existed on the player.

The updated player utilizes “overlays” to take advantage of the space provided by the player itself to present information to viewers. Accessing previous broadcasts, viewing the broadcast schedule, and reviewing broadcast information can all be accomplished without disrupting playback. In order to streamline playback and to give our customers more customization options for their websites, our chat feature is now available as a stand-alone widget that can be embedded on the same page as the player. For more information on how to use the chat feature as a stand alone widget, please review the knowledgebase article here.


We have made significant improvements to our OTT integrations as well. In addition to the existing Chromecast integration, customers can now “cast” to Apple TV devices using “Airplay”. Unlike the previous player that could only “cast” from Google Chrome on PC or Mac, the updated player allows viewers to control Chromecast and AppleTV devices from mobile browsers as well.

Another improvement for mobile viewing is the addition of inline playback. Previously, mobile playback overtook the entire screen of the device, restricting access to other elements of the page where the player is embedded.The updated player still supports “native” mobile playback, but gives the viewer the option to view inline to access many features that were restricted to desktop including audio-only mode and OTT control.

The player updates represent our dedication to constantly improving the viewing experience based on customer feedback and industry trends.. We are extremely excited for this release and we hope you enjoy the new functionality and features.. We thank you for your constant feedback, it helps us to provide StreamSpot’s tagline, “Live Streaming, Simplified”.

Ryan Campbell
StreamSpot Operations Manager

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features, enhancements, player, update