JW Player launching free developer edition and developer conference

JW Player will hold its inaugural developer conference, re[FRAME], in March 2019 in New York. (JW Player)

JW Player, an independent video platform, today announced a new, free developer edition for its suite of products along with an upcoming developer conference.

The developer edition of JW Player provides six months' worth of free access to features including HTML5 player for applications and websites using an event-based JavaScript API; the ability to integrate directly with workflows to enable uploading, updating and serving of videos; and Android and iOS SDKs. The suite also includes real-time analytics, advertising integrations and video recommendation capabilities.

JW Player said the developer edition is a return to its roots and will hopefully broaden access to the player.

“When I created the first embeddable video player over a decade ago, it was initially developed as an open source project. The community of developers across the globe has been incredibly instrumental in making our company what it is today,” said Jeroen Wijering, co-founder and chief innovation officer of JW Player, in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be launching our Developer Edition with a variety of new and improved features for video engineers.”

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“JW Player’s success is largely based on the fact that we were created by developers for developers. We have always been committed to fostering an open community of video developers—and the launch of this more powerful Developer Edition is a big step forward in that respect,” said Eric Boyd, head of the Developer Programs at JW Player, in a statement. “Offering a full package of top-tier functionality without any economic barrier is crucial in allowing for experimentation and we’re excited to engage with our developer community to see what new, innovative video use cases they build.”

JW Player will hold its inaugural developer conference, re[FRAME], in March 2019 in New York as an expansion of its JW Insights Conferences held each year in New York and London.

Details about the developer conference are still sparse, but JW Player is promising the event will bring in video engineers, students and data scientists for discussions about creating the future of video technology.