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Wowza Introduces HTML5 Media Player

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Wowza Media Systems today announced availability of the Wowza Player, an embeddable HTML5 media player for mobile, desktop, Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac OS X. The player is free to Wowza Streaming Engine and Streaming Cloud customers.

According to a Wowza blog post, the player offers responsive playback without plug-ins; UI controls for resizing, play, pause, seek, mute, fullscreen, and autostart; adaptive bitrate wiht AI-based quality optimization; DVR capabilities; support for audio-only streams; and a JavaScript API including ID3 metadata.

"Wowza Player is a new media player designed to complement Wowza-based HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) workflows," writes Wowza CEO David Stubenvoll. "Additionally, the player's artificial intelligence (AI)  optimizes streaming bitrates based on changing network conditions. Wowza Player is easily embeddable, providing greater flexibility and control over the entire streaming workflow while taking advantage of the emerging HLS playback requirements of today’s devices."

Wowza will continue to offer support for third-party players such as JW Player, Bitmovin, THEOplayer, and others, including native players for set-top boxes and mobile devices, according to the blog post.

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