Wowza Flowplayer release notes

Wowza Flowplayer is an easy-to-use, highly customizable, lightweight player designed for builders and developers. We're constantly listening and making the player even more robust. You can refer to this page for information about software updates, including new features, improved functionality, and various bug fixes.

New features and functionality

September 21, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer Apple SDK v4.1.0

  • Updated the Apple SDK to be compatible with Xcode 15. For updates, see About the Apple SDK .
  • Updated the Apple SDK to allow developers to use the Wowza Flowplayer while creating applications for iOS 17 and tvOS 17.
  • Updated the Google IMA SDK for tvOS from version 4.8.2 to version 4.9.2. For updates, see iOS Advertisements and tvOS Advertisements .
  • Fixed AdService to report the proper AdType during the load event.

August 23, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer Apple SDK v4.0.0

We released version 4.0 of our updated Wowza Flowplayer Apple SDK, which fully leverages Swift for seamless platform integration with your iOS and tvOS applications. The redesigned SDK architecture promises enhanced stability, fewer bugs, and improved maintainability while delivering an optimized user experience. Specific improvements include:

  • Optimization and efficiency — New multi-platform architecture for more efficient code deployments and a reduction in our code base.
  • Enhanced development experience — Improved clarity and quality of documentation, with out-of-the-box support for DocC reference documentation. Developers can also leverage a richer, more intuitive API, using a multi-faceted SDK setup.
  • Flexibility and compatibility — Proper segregation of the core player and UI framework, with enhanced event observation.
  • Integrated tools and support — Plug-and-play development setup with demo applications and integration of Swift Package Manager support.

To get started with the new Apple SDK, see About the Apple SDK.

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 8, 2023

Wowza Flowplayer iOS v3.5.0 and Flowplayer tvOS v1.2.0 SDK

  • Improved the experience for iOS SDK users by better differentiating between a live stream and other types of media. As part of these enhancements, we fixed an issue with the iOS SDK that incorrectly displayed a progress bar with seeking ability when playing a live stream.
  • Integrated the embed service API to work seamlessly with the iOS and tvOS SDKs. This change allows the SDK to accurately fetch player configurations. It also enables long-term stability for the SDK when relying on Wowza Video as the media source.

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 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.