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Lightcast.com Release Notes for April 2017

Lightcast.com Release Notes for April 2017
We are excited to announce the release of many great features, improvements and products.
For previous release notes, visit our release page: http://support.lightcast.com/019256-Release-Notes
Transcoding Bar Displayed in all Lightcast Accounts
Previously only part of larger accounts, now everyone can see their transcoding at one glance, and can easily add storage and transcoding to existing packages as needed. The balance bars are a great way to track your usage and to notify you when your account is close to zero. Additional e-mail notifications were set up to alert you should your account reach a critical level of remaining storage and transcoding usage.
Default Placeholder Filler Videos for 24/7 Scheduled Channels
Two new default placeholder filler videos have been added to our 24/7 scheduler. These videos are automatically used if there is a gap in the schedule that is too small for your selected filler videos to bridge. This is to ensure that the 24/7 scheduled streams don’t go black for more than 5 seconds, even if you haven’t scheduled a gap, or you don’t have a suitable filler video assigned. For gaps of 5 seconds or longer, a lovely video stating “Our Broadcast Will Continue Shortly with the Next Scheduled Program” will be displayed. For gaps under 5 seconds, a simple black screen will be displayed.
The scheduling of the default placeholder videos has also been added to the LightcastAPI for situations where a request is made for the current 24/7 schedule including filler content.
Pay-Per-View for Web Player
We’ve improved our Pay-Per-View system for the Lightcast web player. If viewers have purchased a pay-per-view and return to the page before the start date/time, they will see a screen confirming their purchase with a message of “Come Back Soon to Watch the Live Stream”. If viewers go to a pay-per-view channel and all pay-per-views have already ended, they are given the following message: “There are currently no upcoming pay-per-views. Please check back with us soon.”
Lightcast Web Player Upgrade
The Lightcast web player has been upgraded to the latest player technology, adding even more features to the player and fixing a couple of issues for HLS support. Here is a quick overview of whats new:
  • Fixing issues for HLS support in HTML5 environments and HLS streams on desktop devices
  • The updated web player (former Player 2) replaced Lightcast Player 1, which was removed from the embed code options. If you have Player 1 embedded, it is automatically replaced with the updated web player, except for legacy devices and browsers
  • The updated Lightcast player is now also fully compatible with Internet Explorer 10.
  • Improvements for Chromecast / Google Cast, making it more stable when casting content to your TV Screen
  • Support for Apple AirPlay has been added
  • On the Live Channel Player, we renamed the player button “Playlist” with “Events” to better describe what a viewer will see when the button is clicked
  • Upgraded the player embed code to allow multiple bitrate channels and DRM Level 1 support on Mobile Video Websites (a feature included in selected packages)
  • Some cosmetic changes and improvements to the dock buttons has been made for a better viewer experience
Publisher Address Feature
Lightcast EasyPay Clients can now manage and update their Publisher Address easily within their Lightcast client account under “Account - Profile”. When you change the Publisher Address, an email notification will be sent out to the account owner, confirming the changes.
Adding New FireTV Images
Amazon added two new images to their SDKs, which gives FireTV publishers more options to market and create an unique user experience for their Apps. The new images have been added to the FireTV app specs forms. If you already have a FireTV app published and you would like to send us graphics for those new images, please reply to this email.
We also added a FireTV development guide to the FireTV app specs form to make it more easy for publishers to develop their graphics as required by the platform.
Credit Card Change Feature
For increased security, we added new entry fields and selections to the credit card change feature under “Invoices”.
Media Stats Change
The Media Stats Category “Desktops” now better reflects the nature of devices displayed in this stats category.
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