10-22-2015 08:21 AM
Mobile SDK for iOS v4.6.0
Mobile SDK for Android v.4.6.0
This release updates documentation provided with SecurePlayer.
11-11-2015 02:13 PM
Notable changes for this release include the new Usage API and integration with Avid Technology.
Introducing the Usage RESTful API
You can use the Usage RESTful API to retrieve reports on any usage statisics (such as VOD bytes delivered, live bytes delivered, number of streams, and transcoded time) that are being collected for your account.
Integration with Adways Studio
Ooyala's integration with Adways Studio enables you to enhance the playback experience for Ooyala-hosted videos. Adways Studio is a cloud-based authoring tool that allows you to add overlays and clickable hotspots to your video content to provide your users with engaging, interactive experiences. For more information on using this integration, please contact your account manager.
Ingest via Integration with Avid Technologies
For Ooyala customers, integration with Avid Technologies allows Avid users to push content directly from their Media Suite into Backlot. For more information on using this integration, please contact your account manager.
For the Ooyala Player V3 integration with NPAW YOUBORA, for IE 10+ and Explored Edge (v 11.x) playback, when failures occur during player load or initial playback, events can be sequenced out of order. This can cause YOUBORA to pick up data unexpectedly. For example, the title dimension can be reported as undefined and CDN attributes can be reported as unknown. This issue is intermittent.
For Flash, the Google DFP ad server sometimes returns an empty VPAID tag for DoubleClick ads. Per Google, this is a problem on the ad server side (DFP). On the DFP side, frequency capping can be applied to control how often an ad would serve. Please work with Google IMA on how to correctly set up ad serving to prevent this from happening.
11-17-2015 10:15 AM
Notable changes for this release include the release of the mobile SDKs for iOS and Android v.4.7.0.
New Features and Enhancements
New Features and Enhancements
11-20-2015 09:47 AM
Notable changes for this release include new URL reporting functionality in Ooyala IQ and NPAW integration updates.
New Features and Enhancements in Ooyala IQ
1. New URL Reporting Functionality
You can now use the Ooyala IQ UI and API to track content performance at the page (URL) level.
In the UI you can view a URL breakdown for top level domains in the Traffic Source panel for all video assets distributed to all of your devices, geographies, and players. You will get what your top performed URLs are for each domain.
For the API, you can now use dimensions=url to retrieve metrics broken down by URL. This query type will return data for all of your URLs.
2. Change to Hours Watched and time_watched Format
The format for the hours watched metric in the UI and the time_watched metric in the API is now HH:MM:SS. We have added a smart format for values greater than 1000 hours (For example, "1234:56:57" gets converted to "1.2k").
3. New Sort Option in the UI
In asset panel on the Business Intelligence page, if you have Discovery enabled, you can now sort the list of assets by the “Discovery Plays” and “Discovery Leads” metrics.
Updates to Ooyala's QoS Solution Powered by NPAW's YOUBORA
This release includes the following improvements to the Ooyala integration with NPAW.
1. New Feature
We have added extra parameters to the integration with the YOUBORA dashboard. You can now select up to 2 additional parameters (e.g. embed_code, player_id) to track against the 20+ set of QoS, delivery-style metrics on the YOUBORA dashboard.
2. iOS SDK Improvements
12-03-2015 08:00 AM
Notable changes for this release include new third-party player reporting functionality in Ooyala IQ and a new Community login process.
New Third-Party Player Reporting Feature in Ooyala IQ
You can synch your third-party metadata with Backlot and Ooyala IQ via the Backlot API. See Syncing Third-Party Metadata with Ooyala IQ for details.
Backlot Account Management
For details on integrating with existing adapters and creating your own adapters, see Integrating Third-Party Player Events with Ooyala IQ.
In an effort to make the Ooyala Community more open and accessible, we have implemented a new login system utilizing the Lithium platform for sign-on. This change will only be noticeable to existing Community members active before 12/2/15. In the past, the Community sign-in was tied to your Backlot account. To access the Community, members active before 12/2/15 will need to generate a new password. For details on this process, see http://community.ooyala.com/t5/Ooyala-Blog/New-Community-quot-Sign-in-quot-coming-soon/ba-p/7821.
12-08-2015 08:39 AM
A notable change for this release is the release of v.4.8.0 of the mobile SDKs for iOS and Android.
Mobile SDK for Android v.4.8.0
The following is included in this release. Options.preventVideoViewSharing has been added. It can be used to setSecure on the SurfaceView to block screen sharing of video playback.
Mobile SDK for iOS v.4.8.0
The following is included in this release. OOUIProgressSliderModeElapsedDuration has been added as a sliderMode for the UI.
12-17-2015 08:49 AM
Notable changes for this release include new and enhanced features in the Ooyala IQ UI and new metrics in the IQ API.
New and Enhanced Features in Ooyala IQ
The following new features are included in this release of Ooyala IQ.
You can reload your presets, search for your presets, and delete your presets. The saved preset will be available to you the next time you log into your account as long as you don’t change to another browser. Switching browsers to access saved presets will be released at a later date. See Using Preset Filters in the Business Intelligence Page for details on how to create and manage presets.
If you have over 10,000 assets and make a query with a date range greater than 31 days, the total_count returned will be 10,000 (instead of your total number of assets, which is greater than 10,000).
See How Can I Query Unlimited Asset Data? for a full example of how this works.
Ooyala IQ will continue to be updated to support future Ooyala Player versions as they are released.
New Discovery Insights Metrics in the Ooyala IQ API
Discovery Insights metrics were introduced to the Ooyala IQ UI in the 2015-10-15 Release. If you are an Ooyala Discovery user, you can now query these metrics with the Ooyala IQ API. See Metrics for metric names and descriptions.
12-31-2015 08:50 AM
Notable contents of this release include the new Ooyala Live portal and the release of the mobile SDKs for iOS and Android v.4.9.0.
We are pleased to announce major updates to Ooyala Live. Ooyala now offers a self service portal that enables you to quickly setup and deliver TV channels, Live TV channels, as well as live ad-hoc and scheduled events with live-to-VOD recordings.
In order to use the Live portal you must have a Ooyala Backlot account. The account must have remote assets and EPG enabled in the package.
For information on establishing a Ooyala Live account, contact your account manager.
The DVR functionality for HDS streams for a Live event does not work in Live 1.0. HLS Streams work for Live Events. However, once the event is done, and if an archive flag is enabled, DVR will be available for the VOD asset created. DVR functionality does work as expected for Live Channels.
Chromecast Integration v.2.0
We are upgrading our existing Chromecast Integration. The upgraded implementation provides support for new features, including support for multiple streaming protocols and other playback features.
The Ooyala Chromecast Integration v.2.0 includes sample sender and receiver applications that you can integrate with easily to go to market with Chromecast streaming capabilities for your content libraries. You can customize the sample applications and/or selectively use the Ooyala sender or receiver applications with your own sender and receiver applications.
The following is a known issue for the Chromecast Integration v.2.0. In the scenario when a user plays a video on a mobile device and is casting to a Chromecast, analytics are updated and are displayed in Ooyala IQ as 2 displays and 2 plays requested for each asset The personal device and Chromecast device are each counted as a device by Ooyala IQ for the play and cast scenario.
For more details on the Chromecast integration, see Ooyala and Chromecast. Full integration and customization documentation will be available in January 2016.
Mobile SDK for Android v.4.9.0
This release also includes a fix for a bug where setEmbedCodes() did not work correctly.
Mobile SDK for iOS v.4.9.0
This release includes the fix for a bug where Live Streams sometimes would not show Live UI elements.
Windows 10 CertificationOoyala's V3 HTML5 and Flash players are now certified for Windows 10.
The following is an intermittent known issue for Flash. For Flash players using Windows 10 Edge, a LiveRail pre-roll ad pauses when the user clicks the ad. In fullscreen mode, clickthrough behavior exits fullscreen as expected, but sometimes no clickthrough page/tab is opened. This behavior is native to the LiveRail plugin and any modifications to current and existing behavior will have to be owned and modified by LiveRail.
Ingesting Closed Caption Files Using XML and CSV Metadata Files
You can now ingest closed caption files using XML metadata and CSV metadata via FTP. Previously, the only way to do this was via the Backlot UI.
Ingesting Remote Assets via MRSS
You can now add and update remote assets via MRSS. Previously, the only way to do this was via the Backlot UI or Backlot API.
01-08-2016 10:44 AM
Notable contents of this release include new integration and customization documentation for the Ooyala integration with Chromecast.
01-27-2016 08:26 AM
Notable contents of this release include the ability to set concurrent stream limits at the asset level and support for AMP HTML5 with the V3 Ooyala Player.
New Ability to Set Concurrent Stream Limits at the Asset Level
You can now enable concurrent stream limits at the asset level and set the limit with a Backlot API call.
AMP HTML5 Support for the Ooyala V3 HTML5 Player
Google's accelerated mobile page (AMP) HTML is a stripped down format that lets you quickly render static content on mobile web. The Ooyala Player V3 is now embeddable in AMP HTML.
See AMP HTML5 and the Ooyala Player for an example of calling the Ooyala Player using an AMP iframe.
Player Support for the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10
Ooyala now supports running the Ooyala Player V3 in the Microsoft Edge browser on the Windows 10 platform.