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”.
StreamSpot Operations Manager