Vimeo Releases Universal Player Feature with HTML5 Support for the iPad; Roku Launches Vimeo Channel



Aug 18, 2010
Video sharing site Vimeo released a new Universal Player feature yesterday that allows viewers to watch embedded Vimeo videos on mobile devices such as iPhone or iPad using HTML5.

Vimeo also added a new Watch Later feature into all versions of its player that allows viewers to mark a video for future viewing.

In related news, Roku launched a Vimeo Channel for its internet streaming box device. The Vimeo channel on the Roku box will give Roku customers access to the most popular videos on Vimeo in up to HD quality as selected by Vimeo staff.

Vimeo users can link their account to a Roku box to watch their own videos on an HDTV as well as videos from others.

More info in the press release below.


PRESS RELEASE

VIMEO RELEASES UNIVERSAL PLAYER TO SUPPORT EMBEDDED VIDEOS ON MOBILE DEVICES; VIDEO SHARING SITE ALSO LAUNCHES NEW ‘WATCH LATER’ FEATURE

NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2010 – Online video sharing site Vimeo, an operating business of IAC will release later today a Universal Player that allows people to watch embedded Vimeo videos on mobile devices such as iPhone or iPad using HTML5.  The site has also added a new Watch Later feature into all versions of its player that allows viewers to mark a video for future viewing.

Universal Player:
“With the latest generation of browsers and devices, we’ve had huge demand for an embeddable player that works with HTML5 and on devices like iPad and iPhone,” said Andrew Pile, Vice President of Product and Development for Vimeo. 
Vimeo’s new embeddable player detects the capabilities of the browser and will deliver the optimum player version (Flash, HTML5, or native) with the appropriate video definition (HD, SD, mobile) and playback codec (h.264, webm) – all while maintaining set customization and privacy features. 

Pile added, “The new embeddable code is highly scalable and allows us to continue to add support as new browsers and devices are released, for example serving HTML5 to IE9 and our Flash mobile player to Android phones running Flash 10.1.”

Watch Later:
Watch Later is a one button solution that lets people save videos for later viewing.  Vimeo built the Watch Later button into every version of the Vimeo player.  Now, people can access their Watch Later videos by going to the Watch Later album on Vimeo.com, the Vimeo channel on their Roku box or the Vimeo mobile site.  It's an easy way to queue up a high-quality playlist to enjoy when people have more time. The Watch Later feature will also be added to Vimeo’s API.






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