New Ooyala Player

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New Ooyala Player
We released a new version of the Ooyala Player. The enhanced player has an improved UI, new player customization options within the Player Branding area of the Publish tab, and improved bandwidth detection for enabling an optimal playback experience. The player's modular design allows for both on-demand loading of components, resulting in decreased player load times, and the ability to quickly develop and integrate new components and features.

Faster Video Library Loading

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Faster Video Library Loading
Ooyala has implemented faster video library loading which in particular benefits users with large video libraries. By leveraging multiple simultaneous server requests, Backlot users can load their video libraries up to 5 times faster. In addition, we have created a responsive UI during the library loading process, thereby enabling users access to Backlot functionality while their video library is loading.

Partner API Updated

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Partner API Updated
The Ooyala Partner API Document has been updated to reflect two key changes: Calls will now be made to a dedicated pool of servers at api.ooyala.com, improving the performace of all API calls. Secondly, results for all queries will be paginated with a default limit of 500 for usability of results. These changes are available immediately for testing and will take effect February 1, 2009. This may require changes to existing API queries. For assistance, please contact support@ooyala.com.

Channel Sets

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Channel Sets
Ooyala is happy to introduce a template format for displaying multiple video channels. You can create a Channel Set using the New Channel Set button in the upper right of the Manage tab. You can manage the lineup of Channel Set much as you do a Channel. There are customization options including templates for light and dark players under the Player Branding area of the Publish tab.

Ad Sets

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Ad Sets
Under the Manage tab, there is now an area for Ad Sets. As in the Darkroom for a selected video, Ad Sets allow you to specify when in a video a given ad should be displayed. Unlike the Darkroom option, an Ad Set can be applied to multiple pieces of content using the Multiple Content Changes described in the previous News post.

Enhanced Analytics Release

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Enhanced Analytics Release
Under the Analyze tab, you will notice a new UI and the inclusion of two new key reporting options: Geographic and Domain. Geographic reports are based on the country of the IP address of content viewers. Domain reports are based on the domain of the web page your content is embedded in. We believe the new UI and reports provide an unrivaled experience. If you have any comments or questions, you can reach us at support@ooyala.com.

Flexible Metadata API Support

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Flexible Metadata API Support
The Ooyala Partner API now provides an interface to associate arbitrary metadata with particular videos. This allows for the management of data on the backend and will lead to enhanced ad targeting from Ooyala and network partners in the future. Additional information is available on pages 19 and 20 of the Partner API documentation.

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