Kaltura Releases Mobile Video Player SDK Version 3.0

Kaltura, a video Platform provider, has released version 3.0 of its Mobile Video Player SDK for Android and iOS. The latest version of the Kaltura Mobile Video Player SDK has been designed from the ground up so that it is leaner and load faster than the previous version (2.0). Developers can use the Kaltura Mobile Video Player SDK to embed the Kaltura Mobile Video Player into Android and iOS applications.

Kaltura provides a variety of video platforms and products such as Over the Top TV (OTT TV), Online Video Platform (OVP), and Video Platform as a Service (VPaaS). Kaltura also provides a customizable Video Player for Web and mobile applications. The Kaltura Video Player features built-in video player templates, multi-platform support, and Section 508 compliance.

Kaltura has released a new version of its Mobile Video Player SDK for Android and iOS. The newest version of the Kaltura Mobile Video Player SDK includes optimized APIs for easier Integration of the Kaltura platform with mobile applications. The new Mobile Video Player SDK allows developers to add more video capabilities to applications without significantly increasing load times. Kaltura video platform capabilities include (but not limited to) online and offline playback, live streaming, dynamic DRM selection, advanced analytics, and support for Chromecast and AirPlay.

We reached out to Karin Singer, Product Manager at Kaltura, who provided some details about the new Kaltura Mobile Video Player SDK and the Kaltura video platform. “The main difference between the versions is that while the previous SDK version (2.0) was hybrid Web and native, the new version is fully native,” said Singer. “As a result, the new SDKs introduce significant performance improvements (20x) and are much easier to integrate.” Singer told ProgrammableWeb that the Video Platform as a Service (VPaaS) includes the full set of Kaltura APIs (backend and frontend), and the new SDK version “does make changes to the player APIs but not to the Backend APIs.”

Developers can integrate the Kaltura Mobile Video Player platform with Android and iOS apps without using the SDKs. Developers can use the Kaltura VPaaS API as standalone API instead; however, capabilities are somewhat limited if the API is used in lieu of the SDKs. There is a Kaltura Media Player JavaScript API available that developers can use to embed the Kaltura Media Player in webpages. The company plans on releasing during Q3 a new version of the Web player and the JavaScript API both with new features and performance improvements. “Kaltura’s player SDKs introduce outstanding performance as well as advanced capabilities such as integration with Kaltura’s robust uDRM solution, analytics and QoS reporting, cast support and more,” said Singer.

Most people think of YouTube when it comes to online video platforms. Singer said that Kaltura and YouTube are not really comparable, and the company has published a blog post to explain some of the reasons why a company would choose a standalone video platform as opposed to YouTube.

As video service providers look to add more complexity and intelligence to their mobile offerings to enhance the viewing experience, the requirement for an advanced mobile video player that can handle all the background heavy lifting and still offer a near-real time load time is rapidly becoming a must-have," commented Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO for the press release. "Our new Mobile Video Player SDK for iOS and Android makes this possible - Kaltura customers can add multiple audio tracks, a mix of payment options, captions and much more to their mobile players without compromising player load times."

For more information about the Kaltura video platform visit the official company website. To learn more about version 3.0 of the Mobile Video Player SDK view the documentation.

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