The embedded player that will be provided to your parish has many great features:
- Hosted with our streaming provider, which means a reliable network with easy updates and maintenance.
- Great browser compatibility. (See an official list of supported browsers: https://support.jwplayer.com/customer/portal/articles/2892811-jw7-browser-device-reference)
- Responsive design
- Automatic multi-bitrate switching
- HTTP and HTTPS compatibility
- Simple code to add to your website
- Customize your player with a different Splash Screen and/or Off Air image, and your own Google Analytics.
- No extra cost to parishes
Here are some examples:
What about support for Internet Explorer 8 or 9?
For the last 6 months, live streams have been viewed on Internet Explorer 11.5% of the time, while less than 3% of those views have been on versions 8 or 9. While this number is low, you know your audience the best. If you believe your audience will be best served by continuing to provide access to IE 8 or 9, we can direct you to an older Flash-based player. However, we cannot provide support for these versions, since this player doesn’t support them, nor does Microsoft.
We'll Need to Update the Player if...
- You install an SSL certificate on the website allowing for access via HTTPS. Or if you uninstall the SSL certificate and go back to HTTP.
- If not already using it, the parish website begins using responsive design. We will provide you with a few extra lines of code to make the iFrame responsive.
- You wish to take advantage of the player’s easy multi-bit rate streaming. We will provide you with guidance for attaining this.
- You switch your stream’s output aspect ratio. You can find this ratio by taking the stream’s output size dimensions and inputting them into this calculator: https://andrew.hedges.name/experiments/aspect_ratio/. If you do, we’ll update the player and images to fit the new ratio.
- You’d like to change the Splash Screen and/or Off-Air images in the player. See this article with instructions.
- You’d like to set up Google Analytics for the player. See this article with instructions.