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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.
Software Feature Releases
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.
- Full Control: With its single administrative console, Ooyala Live drastically reduces the time it takes to provision, program and distribute a channel globally. In addition to enabling live-to-VOD conversion with DVR capabilities, Ooyala Live manages the channel/event provisioning pipeline including transcoding, packaging, content encryption/protection and monitoring of the linear stream or events’ health.
- End-to-end Platform Support: Fully integrated with Ooyala’s Backlot CMS, you can realize the full benefits of superior content management, video playback, delivery, syndication, content discovery, video recommendations and monetization tools, as well as industry leading analytics from Ooyala IQ and flawless playback.
- Active Monitoring: With active monitoring of your stream, seamless live-to-VOD, and the use of a single Content ID to aggregate analytics, Ooyala Live gives you immediate notifications and alerts from the entire end to end video stream — including live stream telemetry data.
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. You can find sample sender applications for iOS and Android and sample receiver applications on Ooyala's public GitHub repository.
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 Chromecast and Ooyala (Deprecated). Full integration and customization documentation will be available in January 2016.
Mobile SDK for Android v.4.9.0
- Added Discovery API support in OoyalaPlayer.
- Added additional logging around errors.
- Updated the Secureplayer Libraries to 03_05_02_0001.
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.
- Ooyala Live Overview: Added a new user guide and workspace reference for the new Ooyala Live.
- Chromecast and Ooyala (Deprecated): Added new documentation for v.2.0 of the Ooyala Integration with Chromecast.
- Ingesting Closed Caption Files: Added new topics that describe the various closed caption ingest options, including Ingesting Closed Captions Using CSV Manifest Files and Ingesting Closed Captions Using XML Manifest Files.
- Ingesting Remote Assets via MRSS: Added a new topic that describes how to ingest remote assets using MRSS.