TelVue is pleased to announce the release of TelVue Connect™ & CloudCast™ 3.1 including the following key new features and options:

  • Pre/Mid/Post-roll Video Ads with 3rd party Ad Manager integration 
  • Accessibility improvements towards further Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliance
  • Additional TelVue SmartCaption™ source languages for broadcast and VOD file captioning
  • Enhanced CloudCast Player & Apps layout and video presentation sort order
  • Affiliate approval workflow option for Media Exchange Syndicators
  • Fire TV analytics support (requires app republish)

The Video Ads upgrade in the CloudCast web player allows displaying pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll ads for your live and VOD programming for monetization. VAST and Google IMA ads are supported managed via 3rd Party ad managers (such as Google Ad Manager, Revive Adserver, AdGlare). Simply add your VAST and Google IMA tags from your ad manager and configure Ad Schedules in Connect. Ad Schedules allow you to manage what type of ads are active (pre, mid post-roll), mid-roll break timing, whether the ads apply to Live and/or VOD, and if ads are skippable after a certain number of seconds. The Video Ads feature requires a Connect Video Ads service license.

CloudCast Video Ads Pre-roll

CloudCast Pre/Mid/Post-roll Video Ads

The latest CloudCast web player has expanded Accessibility implementing additional requirements towards WCAG compliance. While we expect web accessibility to continually evolve, we are excited that the CloudCast player far along towards compliance with current standards, including captioning, keyboard shortcuts, and more. Connect 3.1 also expands the supported source languages for SmartCaption automatic captioning of offline files for VOD and Broadcast workflows. Additional source languages include: Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, Galician, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Kannada, Kazakh, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Marathi, Nepali, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh.

Dual Language Live Captions

SmartCaption Multi-language Live & Offline Captioning with Translation

CloudCast Web Players and Mobile & OTT Apps support additional Collection (Playlist, Series, Category) presentation options including sorting by published date, and setting sort order on a per Collection basis. The CloudCast web player allows further customization of the home page presentation by setting the display ordering of the included sections (Featured, Most Recent, Playlists, Series, Categories). Additional web player embed options are available to embed individual live & VOD videos without any metadata, just the video in the player. This allows embedding with customized or page-specific metadata, and integration with custom video portals while preserving the benefits of the numerous CloudCast video player features including analytics, caption transcript search, program guide integration, agenda & chapter integration, multi-language captioning and more. 

CloudCast Homepage Layout

CloudCast Player Homepage Layout Re-ordering

CloudCast Embed PMN

CloudCast Player Website Embedding

The TelVue Connect Media Exchange now supports optional Affiliate Approval workflow for Syndicators to moderate and control which Affiliates are approved to access programming. Email notifications are sent for new affiliate requests, and whether affiliates are approved. Syndicators can manage pending, approved, and rejected affiliates in the user interface. The Affiliate Approval workflow can be enabled for Syndicators upon request by contacting TelVue Support.

Full Connect/CloudCast version 3.1 release details can be found in the Connect/CloudCast release notes

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