Latest version of Kaltura Video Player enables delivery of HTML5 with chromeless components for Flash, iOS and Android
A new version of the Kaltura Video Player and the new Player Factory, an online community that enables users and developers to extend and customise the Kaltura video player, has been launched at IBC in Amsterdam. Following Kaltura's early adoption of the HTML5 video standard, the latest version of the Kaltura Video Player enables delivery of HTML5 with chromeless components for Flash, iOS and Android. This finally allows users to lead with HTML5 and provide the fastest viewing experience on any device, while maintaining all the same features and a consistent CSS/HTML player design.Russell Zack, VP and GM, EMEA at Kaltura, commented: 'We have 150,000 sites across the globe using Kaltura players, so it's important we can support all these platforms with ubiquitous ability. Because we're opensource companies feel very comfortable working with us because they can see what's under the hood.'The new video player also includes robust Section 508 compliance and support for w3c's Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) standard, which defines a way to make web content and web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. The player has been comprehensively tested with screen readers and by the disabled community and accessibility experts. The new Player Factory site showcases all features and plug-ins related to the company's video player. This includes demos and code snippets for users and developers looking to create the optimal video player experience.Kaltura is also demonstrating its MPEG-DASH capabilities, ahead of a planned launch later this year. Live streaming from the web helps to further engage viewers, deliver higher CPMs and create a large social footprint. Kaltura is adding support for the MPEG-DASH standard to the video player, which will allow adaptive streaming from browsers such as IE 11, Chrome and Firefox and improve live and VoD streaming to connected devices such as smartphones and smart TVs as well as delivery content controls (DRM) through webviews via HTML5 encrypted media extension.