Player E Selection and Features

In this topic, you will learn how to choose the Player E for your Beacon apps, and features of that player.

Introduction

You can choose the player used in your Beacon apps. Player E is the latest player, and eventually all new customers automatically get Player E. Also, eventually all existing customers will move to Player E.

Player E is a player for VOD videos, linear channels and live events in which viewers watch media assets. The player incorporates many new features across all platforms. This topic details features available, and not available, across all platforms. A demonstration of Player E's features is also available.

VOD Player selection

To select and configure your player, follow these steps:

  1. In the primary navigation, click Layout.
  2. Click Settings settings.
  3. The App Settings page appears. In Assets, click Videos to start.

    Click videos
  4. Click Playersettings to see how the player displays information about the currently playing video.
    Click player
  5. The different information layouts for the videos are displayed by letters (A,E). Note that as you click on the different layout, the preview changes to display your layout and options.
    Letter a
    Layout e

Episodic content Player selection

To select and configure your player, follow these steps:

  1. In the primary navigation, click Layout.
  2. Click Settings settings.
  3. The App Settings page appears. In Assets, click Episodic content to start.
    Episodic Content Select
  4. Click Playersettings to see how the player displays information about the currently playing video.
  5. The different information layouts for the videos are displayed by letters (A,E). Note that as you click on the different layout, the preview changes to display your layout and options.
    Layout

Live events Player selection

  1. In the primary navigation, click Layout.
  2. Click Settings settings.
  3. The App Settings page appears. In Assets, click Live events to start.
    Live events
  4. Click Playersettings to see how the player displays information about the currently playing video.
  5. The different information layouts for the videos are displayed by letters (A,E). Note that as you click on the different layout, the preview changes to display your layout and options.
    layouts
  6. Layout offers two styles. You can choose a List or Grid.

    Player options

    You can also choose the layouts of the thumbnail, either Landscape or Portrait.

Feature availability table

As mentioned earlier, Player E has many new features, but not every feature is available on every platform. The following table indicates which features are available on which platforms.

For demonstration videos of the features on both VOD and live see the following sections in this document.

Web iOS Apple TV Android Roku Smart TVs
Skip 10 seconds
Forward/
Back
1
No Yes No Yes No No
Playback
Speed
Selection
Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes2,3
Audio
Language
4
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subtitles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air
Play
Yes5 Yes Yes No No6 No
Chromecast Yes7 Yes No Yes No No
Related8 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Thumbnail
Scrubbing
Yes No No No9 Yes No
Accessibility Yes No No10 No No No
Fullscreen option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
  1. Platforms that do not show the skip buttons have native methods for this functionality.
  2. LG/webOS does not support playback speed selection.
  3. For Smart TVs, outside of LG/webOS, the video must be enabled for playback speed selection.
  4. Of course, the additional languages must be provided in the video and/or video's manifest.
  5. On web app, works with Safari only.
  6. Native support, but untested with Beacon.
  7. On web app, works with Google Chrome only.
  8. When a video is playing, related displays related videos. When an episode of a series is playing, related displays the other episodes from the same season.
  9. Can be enabled through a request.
  10. Native accessibility is available and voice control via Siri.

VOD features

The following video demonstrates features available when playing VOD assets in Player E for OTT web apps.

 

Live features

The following video demonstrates features available when playing Live video assets in Player E for OTT web apps.

 

In the video the channels are displayed in a vertical list. It is considered a best practice to use the grid if you have greater than 12 channels. Here is an example channel grid display:

channel grid layout