You've probably seen the name "JW Player" around the internets, but you may not be aware it's one of the largest providers of embedded streaming video. Yeah, it's no YouTube, but the Flash and HTML5-based JW Player powers sites like Kickstarter, ESPN, and a few million more. It's going to be a lot easier to watch those videos on your TV now that JW Player v6.9 has been released with the promised Chromecast integration (and some other things).


You'll get a Chromecast button in all supported JW Player videos to send the video over to a Chromecast, just like you would with a YouTube clip. The company says it's a snap to add Chromecast to an existing player – just three lines of code. This implementation of Chromecast support comes with customization and monetization tools specific to JW Player. For example, sites can show the full video without ads on the TV, instead putting the ads on the device doing the casting.

This feature was previously in beta testing with a few select partners, but now it's available to everyone as part of the v6.9 rollout. This update also ads keyboard shortcuts for HTML5 and Flash video, as well as better streaming performance with more efficient decryption of protected streams. I haven't seen any embeddable examples of a JW Player video with Chromecast yet (even on the JW Player site), but hopefully they'll start popping up soon.

[JW Player]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Caleb Cross

    Good news! Chromecast slowly taking over

  • Stylus_XL

    Good to see they stayed true to their word!

  • Addic7ed

    How about mxplayer ?

    • Armando Rodriguez

      You have the next best thing, VLC Player.

      (screen cast on supported devices)

      • Oliver Phillips

        Stuttery as hell on my Nexus 5. Might be down to my crappy wi-fi though

        • ianmccully

          It must be your network as mine works fine with sky as my ISP Internet service provider thanks ian

  • Lucas Laws

    Thats a pretty good idea, actually. Ads on device and content on TV.

  • tyguy829

    I wish providers didn't have to add it. It would be so nice if they could just add it to all existing jw players out there

    • Floss

      That doesn't make any sense. JW Player is something each provider has to download to use.

      • tyguy829

        Yeah I know, just wishful thinking haha

      • Steve Williamson

        No developers can use the hosted version of the player and never have to host it themselves. so technically for those ones they could update it.

  • mattcoz

    Disappointing that it is only available in the Enterprise edition. A big update in 6.9 is that they've enabled HLS for Android 4.1 and up, previously it was disabled for all versions of Android.

  • frafri

    I use vodly . to to watch movies but my JW Player will not load.
    anyone else having the problem ?
    it is hit or miss. I use chrome browser .

  • http://napkinhouse.com/ Matt Shindala

    JW Player blows, if you're going to stream video please use straight up HTML5 or .webm's.

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Sounds like most people using it to stream content won't be seeing this functionality.

  • Martin Holla

    "I haven't seen any embeddable examples of a JW Player video with Chromecast yet (even on the JW Player site), but hopefully they'll start popping up soon."
    There is a demo for Chromecast direct on the linked article.

    • Caleb Cross

      No Icon for me. Anybody else get it to work?

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