A new version of THEOplayer has been released, bringing support for HLS to Windows Phone, but also adding support for content protection using AES-128 and WebVTT subtitles and closed captions. Furthermore, support for advertising using the VAST protocol has been added.

An overview of the latest features:

  • DVR for Live Streaming: DVR allows your viewers to scrub back in time, while the live event is still in progress, to replay a highlight or check out a clip they may have missed.
  • Windows Phone 8.1: Direct support for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) in Internet Explorer on your Windows Phone.
  • AES-128 content protection: Support for decrypting stream segments that are encrypted with AES-128.
  • WebVTT subtitles and captions: Support for rendering of closed captions and subtitles in both live and VOD content via the WebVTT (Web Video Text Tracks) format:
    • Embedded WebVTTs in the HLS playlist (m3u8)
    • Added via the HTML5 <track> element
  • Advertising: Support for delivery of video ads with VAST 2.0.1. Support is available for linear ads (pre-roll), non-linear ads (overlays) and companion banners.
  • Support for HTML5 video attributes:
    • Preload: specifies if and how your HLS should be loaded when the page load
    • Muted: specifies that the audio output of the video should be muted
    • Loop: specifies that the video will start over again, every time it is finished
    • Controls: specifies that video controls should be displayed
    • Autoplay: specifies that your HLS will start playing as soon as it is ready
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We are excited about these new features and hope you will be too. Looking for further information? Contact our team directly.

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