Wowza Flowplayer release notes

Wowza Flowplayer is an easy-to-use, highly customizable, lightweight player designed for builders and developers. You can refer to this page for information about software updates, including new features and improved functionality.

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We occasionally have internal releases that don't impact external audiences, so we don't publish release notes for internal changes. In these cases, the current version information on this page may not match the version information in the latest release note.

New features and functionality

May 9, 2024

Wowza Flowplayer v3.11.1

Wowza Flowplayer v3.11.0

  • Updated the hls.js library to v1.5.8 in order to fix issues with DAI-timed metadata and some older encoding profiles.
  • Expanded the player configuration start_time option to better manage the start of a live stream. This property previously applied to video-on-demand content only and wasn't configurable for live streams. However, you can now use it to programmatically control where a live stream starts on playback, either at the stream's live edge or at the beginning. This change helps customers with real-time streams (RTS) and advertisements to maintain a real-time feel. To seek back to the edge for live streams previously, you had to click Live in the player UI after an ad played. For more, see Core player configuration.

April 18, 2024

Wowza Flowplayer v3.10.3

  • Enhanced the Server-Side Ad Insertion (SSAI) plugin to provide several improvements for our integration with Google's Interactive Media Ads Dynamic Ad Insertion (IMA DAI) SDK. As part of these changes, we:
    • Updated the SSAI DAI implementation to align it with the latest changes from Google, including support for pod serving DAI.
    • Modified the SSAI DAI user interface to more closely resemble the Advertising plugin user interface.
    • Refactored the SSAI DAI player user interface so it can be created and customized using web components. For more information, see Web components and Plugin components.
    • Updated the SSAI plugin to allow for the ability to eventually expose DAI ad tag analytics in the Wowza Video platform.

February 15, 2024

Wowza Flowplayer v3.10.1

  • Fixed an issue causing outstream ads to play automatically when a video is paused manually and users scroll the page.
  • Fixed an issue causing the player not to auto-play on iOS when the preload configuration is set to auto.

February 1, 2024

Wowza Flowplayer v3.10.0

  • Improved accessibility for the HTML Subtitles plugin. The player now includes out-of-the-box functionality to allow viewers to adjust various subtitle options, such as font size, font family, font color, and font opacity. Additionally, background color and opacity, as well as character edge styling can be managed from the player's user interface. For more, see HTML Subtitles.
  • Fixed an issue related to setSrc in auto-play configurations that was limiting upcoming assets from playing.
  • Exposed the RTS status enumeration to better capture and work with RTS streaming events. For more, see Track RTS event status.

January 17, 2024

Wowza Flowplayer v3.9.1

  • Fixed an issue causing the completed event to be incorrectly emitted more than once for all analytics plugins.
  • Added support to show the current number of viewers for Wowza Video Real-Time Streaming at Scale (RTS@S) streams. For this change, we added a new rts/viewer-count event for the RTS plugin.

December 11, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer v3.9.0

  • Enhanced the digital rights management (DRM) plugin by implementing v1.3.0 of the hls.js library to allow support for multiple DRM providers for HLS. With this change, the player can display any HLS stream regardless of the DRM technology used to encrypt the content. For more information, see the updated DRM plugin page.
  • Fixed an issue causing a player configured with autoplay and the preload="none" configuration to preload video prematurely.
  • Fixed an issue causing ad UI flags not to display for outstream ads.

November 8, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer v3.8.1

  • Updated HTML attributes to improve accessibility (A11Y) standards for various player components. These changes include the following:
    • The aria-label attribute for the Chromecast icon was updated to reflect the state of the session.
    • The aria-label attribute for the timeline bar was updated to provide more complete output to screen readers.
    • The aria-selected attribute was added to expanded menu options to indicate when they're selected.

October 31, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer Translations v2.0.0

October 24, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer v3.8.0

  • Added a new Video Track Selection plugin to configure the player with a single stream that contains multiple video tracks. When you enable this plugin, the player's user interface displays a menu to list and control numerous video tracks while improving the viewing experience for your audience.
  • Added localization changes to display various player UI elements in Greek.

October 9, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer v3.7.1

  • Improved the behavior for the Float-on-Scroll plugin when multiple players are present on a page. For more, see the configuration properties for the Float-on-Scroll plugin.

August 23, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer v3.7.0

  • Fixed an occasional issue causing a few video frames to display before preroll ads for certain content configurations.
  • Added a new logo_alt_text configuration property for alternate logo image descriptions and better accessibility.
  • Added localization changes to display various player UI elements in Chinese.
  • Added the ability to programmatically control pop-in and pop-out behavior for the Float-on-Scroll plugin. We added the following:
    • A new float_default property.
    • Two new popIn() and popOut() methods.
    • A new float:exit event.

July 27, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer v3.6.2

  • Improved the HLS plugin to allow users of the embedded player to better distinguish between audio description tracks for accessibility and standard audio tracks.
  • Fixed an intermittent issue that caused the player to buffer endlessly and not auto-play when it's pushed out of the viewport.
  • Added support for native rendering of subtitles by the browser. This change facilitates the injection of CSS rules when defining subtitle styles directly in WebVTT files. To enable this feature, see the HTML Subtitles configuration options.
  • Fixed an issue causing the player to fail with a DECODE_PIPELINE_ERROR on different Android devices, such as Samsung S21, S22, S23, and OnePlus.
  • Fixed an issue with the Gemius Analytics plugin that was causing ad-related events not to be tracked.

June 26, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer v3.6.1

  • Fixed an issue where Wowza Video tokens did not recognize Wowza Video WebRTC and RTS sources.
  • Added a new Google Analytics G4 plugin to prepare for Google's deprecation of the Universal Analytics property on July 1, 2023.

May 25, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer v3.5.3

  • Fixed an issue preventing CEA-608 or 708 embedded subtitle tracks from displaying in the player.
  • Extracted the countdown element into a separate plugin component that can serve as an ad counter in the advertising plugin.

May 16, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer

You can now build Wowza Flowplayer Samsung and LG Smart TV apps with our Tizen (Samsung) and webOS (LG) Smart TV SDK. We've also provided Wowza Flowplayer Tizen and webOS plugins to support your Smart TV apps with platform-specific behavior and functionality, including remote control.

May 4, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer v3.5.2

  • Updated the subtitles menu to always display if there's at least one subtitle track.

May 2, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer v3.5.1

  • Fixed an issue causing autoplay to fail for non-OVP sources when the ima.ads property is missing.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented swapping of different DRM-protected sources over the lifecycle of a player.
  • Made enhancements to allow the DRM plugin to support various DRM options for dash.hls and hls.js.
  • Fixed an issue with the Float-on-Scroll plugin not always properly wrapping the AdContainer element during initialization.
  • Fixed an issue causing the ads container to be improperly resized when the player is floating while playing a VPAID creative.
  • Fixed the autoplay outstream state in the Advertising plugin when no scroll is needed.
  • Fixed an issue with the IMA SDK autoloader causing the Advertising plugin to ignore the IMA3 SDK when multiple players were present.
  • Fixed float-on-scroll behavior to pop out the player only when users interact and scroll on the page.
  • Fixed behavior where preload=none was preventing retry logic from restarting a source when configured.

April 21, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer

We've added the Real-Time Streaming (WebRTC) plugin to Wowza Flowplayer. The plugin adds the ability to consume Wowza Video Real-Time Streaming at Scale streams, Wowza Video WebRTC streams, and Wowza Streaming Engine WebRTC streams with the player.