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Bitmovin Player 3.0 Added Support for Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and Reduced Price

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July 7th, 2015

Note: Bitdash is now known as the Bitmovin Player. You can read more about the re-brand here.

Today we are happy to announce Bitmovin Player 3.0 – the third major release of our HTML5 and Flash video player. Bitmovin Player 3.0 supports Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) natively, which means that our HLS support is no longer bound to Apple devices and can be used on any Web browser. Moreover, you can now use Apple HLS only with the bitdash 3.0 player if you want.

Introducing HLS Streaming in the Bitmovin Player

HLS logoApple’s HLS is undoubted one of the most popular technologies for adaptive video streaming on the Web today, especially as it is natively supported by the Apple ecosystem. Thus, it was about time to integrate HLS streaming into the Bitmovin player, empowering everyone to freely choose between MPEG-DASH and HLS, or progressive MP4s as fallback.

Of course by using HLS you don’t have to go without our appreciated features, like custom skins and the usage of our JavaScript API! Thus, existing integrations of the Bitmovin Player do not have to change a single line of code to use HLS streaming, we mapped all events of our API as well as player features accordingly. Adding the support for HLS is also a great step towards platform agnostic playback. The Bitmovin Player chooses based on your configuration the streaming and player technology which suits best for every browser/OS combination. To see it in action, just take a look at our HLS demo or just download a free version of bitdash to test it out.

Using HLS in bitdash is possible for VoD as well as for Live Streams, similar to the existing MPEG-DASH support. Additionally, we also added the timeshift support, to further increase the functionality of our player.

Reduced Price to $ 149 for bitdash Pro & new Platform

In the context of our bitdash 3.0 release, we reduce the price of the bitdash Professional Player license by 50 % to $ 149! So take now the chance to get the player using this special offer!

But not only the player has improved, we further established a platform around bitdash, making it easy to get the latest player version and keep track of all your player instances. Beneath useful examples, code snippets and documentation, the platform offers the possibility to use our CDN infrastructure to host your player for free! Alternatively it is of course possible to download the player files and host them wherever needed.

It’s worth to pay it a visit at app.bitmovin.com.

Further new Features: Keyboard Shortcuts, Live Subtitles & Usability

Keyboard shortcutsWe all know how handy it can be to press space to pause a video, or increasing the volume by using the up-key. This are only two examples of keys which can be used to control bitdash – you can find a detailed overview of the assignment of keys in our developer area. Adding the support for keyboard shortcuts is only one part of our improvements in context of usability. We further added useful features, like the support for labels, making it possible to provide intuitive naming to your streams/tracks and enhanced feedback in case of mis-configuration.

Another very useful feature is the support of TTML subtitles/captions for VoD – and in particular – for Live streams. We recently deployed that at our customer Genflix in production with great success. This feature is part of our Enterprise player, so please feel free to contact us if this sounds interesting for your!

Have a look at our release notes to get a full overview of our updates and changes included in this major release or get a free bitdash player package and try it out by yourself. At this point we also want to say “Thank you” to everyone who helped us improving our player by getting in touch with us and to all developers out there, who provided us helpful feedback!

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Are we done yet?

We don’t think so – we have awesome new features in our pipeline waiting to be implemented.
So, stay tuned for more details and exciting enhancements!

All the best,
a bitmover called Reinhard.

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