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2015-05-07 Release

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2015-05-07 Release

 

Notable changes for this release include the release of Hook v.1.4.0 and Discovery updates.

 

Discovery Updates

 

  • The Discovery Queue is being retired due to lack of usage among Backlot users.
    The new Watchlist service will replace the Discovery Queue and provide
    additional features. Contact your Ooyala representative for more information.
  • The Similar Assets feature documentation is improved to provided clarity on
    returning consistent results for the query using the score_type
    attribute with a default value. For more information see Similar Videos
    .

Hook Updates

 

The Hook application is updated to version 1.4.0. This release includes the following updates:

  • An issue where ads played in reverse order is now resolved.
  • An issue where videos continued to play when the device screen was turned off is now resolved.

Documentation Updates

 

Requesting Approval from Twitter: Updated the instructions on how to get started with Twitter Cards.

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2015-05-11 Release

2015-05-11 Release

 

Notable changes for this release include the documentation for Ooyala IQ, Ooyala's new analytics product.

 

The New Ooyala Analytics Product: Ooyala IQ

 

Ooyala IQ is Ooyala’s new video analytics product built on top of our reliable, robust, and scalable big data architecture, providing real-time analytics as well as multi-dimensional analytics capability to give a full 360-degree view of video consumption and engagement patterns. It is a major upgrade to the existing Ooyala Analytics product and will be available for all Ooyala customers at no additional cost.

The following capabilities are new:

  1. Newly designed user interface built in HTML:

    The new HTML UI removes the reliance on a Flash plugin, provides the ability to access IQ on various devices (e.g. iPad), and offers performance improvements.

  2. New multi-dimensional analytics capability:

    With Ooyala’s new multi-dimensional querying capability, you can now run analytics across multiple dimensions, including Device Type (e.g. Mobile, Tablet, Desktop, Set-top Box, etc.), OS/Browser, Geography (Country, Region, State/Province, DMA), Domain, Player, Asset or Label. This will help address your more complex business questions such as “How many unique viewers from the United States and Canada do I have for a subset of videos consumed on Tablet - iOS during the last month”?

  3. New Video Details page:

    The new Video Details page will give you a holistic, detailed view into the performance of an asset. Apart from uniques and engagement data, you’ll now be able to view key asset metadata, key performance metrics for the asset, and asset consumption broken down by each dimension. You can access the Video Details page directly from either the Dashboard or the Business Intelligence page simply by clicking on the asset. This increased accessibility, along with detailed performance of a specific asset, allows you to quickly identify consumption and engagement patterns for that asset.

  4. Real-time statistics for top 10 videos:

    The new real-time Dashboard in Ooyala IQ will show you the top 10 videos and their viewership data in real-time, while the old analytics product only shows the top 3 videos in real-time.

  5. Improved reporting:
    • Metrics are more accurately defined and calculated;
    • Geography and device reporting are provided via more accurate technologies;
    • Algorithms for counting unique users are improved and reporting of unique users now span a longer date range;

    Overall, Ooyala IQ is built on more robust, scalable and performant big data architecture.

  6. New metrics and new dimensions:

    Video Starts. “Video Starts” indicate when the actual video content starts playing. If pre-roll ads are played, a “video start” would only be counted when all pre-roll ads are completed and the actual video content starts playing. By comparing Plays Requested (referred to as Plays in the old v2 analytics) and Video Starts, you will be able to see the viewer drop-off due to pre-roll ads.

    Player Dimension. The Player dimension can be used in multiple ways. Players can be used to report:
    1. The playback metrics for syndication partners (by creating a player for each syndication partner you wish to track).
    2. Performance within different sections of your website (by creating a player for each section).
    3. Performance due to a change in the player (by creating players with and without the player configuration such as different ad load, enablement of the Discovery content recommendation tool, or simply a change to the player UI).

     

All Ooyala existing customers will be migrated to Ooyala IQ in 4 batches, with the first set of migrations beginning in May 2015; the second set beginning in June; the third in July and the final batch in August. Customers will be contacted by their CSMs to schedule and manage migration. For more information on the migration process, please see Analytics FAQ andHow to Export Your Data With the v2 Analytics API.

 

Documentation Releases

 

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2015-06-01 Release

2015-06-01 Release

 

Notable changes for this release include updated DFXP (TTML) styling properties support for Flash and a new QoS solution powered by NPAW's YOUBORA analytics platform.

 

Software Feature Releases and Updates

 

New Ooyala QoS Solution powered by NPAW's YOUBORA Analytics

 

Ooyala now offers a Quality of Service (QoS) solution powered by the NICE PEOPLE AT WORK's (NPAW)'s YOUBORA Analytics platform. Available for all Ooyala customers, this solution is an add-on service. QoS analytics help video publishers monitor and improve video stream quality, which also increases engagement. NPAW's YOUBORA offers a real-time big data processing platform for media service providers to deliver a high-quality viewing experience through the internet. With YOUBORA Analytics integrated with the Ooyala player, you can analyze and improve the health of your stream in real-time. Features and capabilities include being able to determine video start time, interruptions in service, buffering times, exits before a video has started, and more. For more information, please see Ooyala QoS Solution Powered by NPAW's YOUBORA, Quality of Service FAQ, and reach out to your Ooyala point of contact.

 

 

Updated DFXP (TTML) Styling Properties Support

 

We have updated our DFXP (TTML) styling properties support for Flash. For the Flash player, the following styling properties from the DFXP file will be used as default (if specified in the DFXP closed caption file):

  • Language
  • Text alignment
  • Text background color (tts:background)
  • Text color (tts:color)
  • Font size (tts:fontSize)
  • Font family (tts:fontFamily)
  • Font style (tts:fontStyle)
  • Font weight (tts:fontWeight)
  • Opacity applicable to text background or window background (tts:opacity)

 

For additional information on how DFXP styling properties are applied, seeDFXP (now TTML)

Format for Closed Captions.

 

 

New FreeWheel swf Released

A new swf of FreeWheel has been released. Any customers using the FreeWheel 5.5 Module (520) will automatically get these changes.

 

This release fixes a bug that caused slow or stalled Flash player playback for viewers of a content provider using the FreeWheel ad manager. We have improved the error handling of how plugins interact with our player APIs.

 

This fix also reduces gaps in delivery scenarios and integrations with Ad Managers on our Flash player. The fix aims to reduce potential gaps in stream delivery and quality.

 

 

Mobile SDK for Android 4.2.0

 

Released 5/27/15

 

New Features and Enhancements

This release includes the following updates:

 

  • All sample apps are now compatible with Android Studio and available in the following repository:

 

Mobile SDK for iOS 4.2.0

Released 5/27/15

 

New Features and Enhancements

This release includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • This release includes support for the NPAW for Youbora
    Integration. For more information, see the topic New Ooyala QoS Solution powered by NPAW's YOUBORA Analytics in the general
    release notes.
  • The OoyalaPlayer.basePlayer class and all
    associated methods are no longer supported.
  • The SDK is enhanced to improve transitions between all types of
    advertisements and content.
  • The Secure Player libraries are updated to version
    03_03_00_0855.

 

Fixes

This release fixes an issue where the Learn More and Skip Ads buttons sometimes did not work correctly when the preloadContent option was disabled.

 

 

Documentation Releases

 

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2015-06-17 Release

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2015-06-17 Release

 

Software Feature Releases and Updates

 

Discovery Feedback Loop

 

The Ooyala Discovery Feedback Loop routes are enhanced to include a new parameter for defining the placement of recommendations in the player. For more information, see The Importance of the Feedback Loop.

 

Documentation Releases

 

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2015-06-24 Release

2015-06-24 Release

 

Notable changes for this release include the release of v.4.3.0 of the Android and iOS mobile SDKs.

 

Software Feature Releases and
Updates

 

Mobile SDK for Android 4.3.0

 

Released 6/18/15

 

New Features and Enhancements

 

This release includes the following updates:

  • A new API called EmbeddedSecureURLGenerator was added to the SDK to help with testing and debugging the Ooyala Player Token with the Ooyala Player.
  • A takedown service has been added to stop playback of unauthorized videos.

 

Resolved Issues

The following issues are resolved in this release:

  • An issue where the app did not properly time out for an IMA ads request.
  • An issue where the app crashed after tapping the Cast button if the app was connected to a device.
  • An issue where the app crashed after tapping the back button when switching between PlayerView and MediaListView.
  • The Chromecast SDK sends embed tokens if an embed token generator exists.

 

Known Issues

  • Freewheel automatically skips ads when user has paused the ad for longer than 5-7s. Video content automatically resumes. This is as designed and will not be fixed.

 

Mobile SDK for iOS 4.3.0

 

Released 6/24/15

 

New Features and Enhancements

This release includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • A takedown service has been added to stop playback of unauthorized
    videos.

 

Resolved Issues

  • This release fixes an issue in IMA where a video not would not play when the adSetCode was not assigned to it.
  • This release fixes an issue in IMA where an audio played in the background after clicking the back button.
  • This release fixes a UI issue that would occur when switching from landscape to portrait mode Chromecast.
  • This release fixes an issue in Chromecast where forward and backward seek were not working.
  • This release fixes an issue in which the player would repeatedly transition between the loading and ready states.
  • This release fixes an issue in which the player would crash when playing assets with close captions.
  • The Chromecast SDK sends embed tokens if an embed token generator exists.

 

Known Issues

  • Freewheel automatically skips ads when user has paused the ad for longer than 5-7s. Video content automatically resumes. This is as designed and will not be fixed.
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2015-06-30 Release

2015-06-30 Release

 

Notable changes for this release include new sample applications athttp://apidocs.ooyala.com.

 

New Sample Applications

 

We have launched new working sample applications that you can modify, debug, and copy. Check out the samples at http://apidocs.ooyala.com. Use the navigation bar on the left to view and manage more samples.

 

 

Software Feature Releases and Updates

 

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2015-07-02 Release

2015-07-02 Release

 

Notable changes for this release include a new integration with Nielsen Analytics.

 

New Integration with Nielsen Analytics

 

 

Ooyala's new Nielsen plugins for the iOS and Android SDKs allow developers to integrate Nielsen functionality into Ooyala mobile applications. A Nielsen-enhanced app contributes consumer viewing and engagement data to Nielsen for digital content played on iOS and Android devices. Ooyala's integration supports Nielsen's audio watermark technologies used for TV audience measurement, Nielsen's custom metadata and custom configurations, CMS tags and the industry-supported ID3 metadata tags, and Nielsen privacy policies that allow consumers to opt out of Nielsen tracking.

 

For more information on this integration, please contact your Ooyala point of contact and see Integrating with Nielsen Analytics.

 

 

Documentation Releases

 

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2015-07-10 Release

2015-07-10 Release

 

Notable changes for this release include new Flash player bitrate APIs.

 

 

Software Feature Releases

 

New Flash Player Bitrate APIs

 

Flash bitrate APIs are now available for RTMP, HDS, and Akamai HD2. These APIs allow you to get and set target video quality. You can view documentation for these APIs at http://apidocs.ooyala.com/player_js/OO.Player.html#getBitrateInfo.

 

 

New Flash Player UI Feature

 

The Flash player now contains a bitrate selector. Your end users can use this to select from different bitrate options.

 

 

Documentation Releases

 

The following Player JavaScript API documentation was updated to include the new Flash bitrate APIs:

 

The following Backlot documentation has been updated to include clarification around content replacement:
 
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2015-07-15 Release

Latest Release Notes: Mobile SDK for iOS v4.3.1

 

Released 7/15/15

 

Resolved Issues

 

This release includes the fixes:

  • An issue where Google IMA ads sometimes played when the back
    button was activated is now resolved.
  • An issue where an ad fail event would end video playback is now resolved.
  • An issue where failure to release resources caused apps to crash is now resolved.

 

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2015-07-22 Release

2015-07-22 Release

 

Software Feature Releases

 

Hook Release

 

Hook version 1.5.0 is now available for download from the Google Play Store. This release provides improved video playback and takedown security via AuthToken validation.

 

Mobile SDK for iOS 4.3.1

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