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Goodbye Show Player!

Eric Mortensen
posted this on January 18, 2011 07:00 PM

After a long run, the blip.tv Show Player has been taken out of service, replaced by the  Stratos player. Stratos has actually been our primary player for quite some time, with the Show Player resigned to legacy technology. As of today, the legacy has come to an end. Any legacy embeds have been automagically replaced with the Stratos player.

As a result, functionality and playback will be significantly improved.  If you’re encountering any problems, please visit support.blip.tv.

 

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Zsolt Kovessy

is there any chance to have the new videoplayer with sidebar in order to list other videos  more visibly and permanently? you promised another user about 7 months ago.

that player with the sidebar worked very well for many of us who wanted to showcase other episodes prominently and very visibly in one player on our website. Or, at least, please have the options to use the old legacy player with the sidebar. This new playlist doesn't work for us, it's too hard to find for less web-savvy viewers, even i had a hard time to figure out what happened, had to go to blip.tv and find the reason why the sidebar disappeared. It was part of the design on our community webportal.

Please, have a sidebar options as soon as possible. otherwise we love blip.tv.

thanks,

Zsolt

January 20, 2011 07:57 PM
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Blip Support
blip.tv

Hi Zsolt - Stratos can show a playlist as well. Have you looked at our tutorial? http://support.blip.tv/entries/381611-how-to-create-a-playlist

January 21, 2011 10:31 AM
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Scott Clasen

I believe Zsolt wants to know if you can have a SIDEBAR playlist, like the old player that's next to the main player. The playlist that you see once you've started your video and then have to hover over to see a graphic that you then have to click is not intiutive what so ever. I've found a sidebar widget under your Distribution area, but it doesn't allow you to select a specific playlist. Please advise as having a playlist being essentially buried in the player is a step back. As Steve Krug would say, "don't make me think". You shouldn't have to make your viewers work to find old episodes, it should be easier to display.

January 21, 2011 11:38 AM
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Zsolt Kovessy

Exactly, as Scott stated it. it is not only not intuitive but now the main page of our community webportal is ruined as I featured the videoplayer prominently on the top of my page with the sidebar as part of the design. The player looked very nice with the sidebar of the other episodes, and gave the viewer a better experience to discover the other episodes. This new player doesn't provide the same aesthetic experience either.

We need the sidebar for design integration and better usability. Among my viewers are a lot of older people and they have a hard time with internet things anyway and this makes it even harder for them to find or start a video.

Please provide us with an option for a sidebar with the other episodes, and until then, please give us back the old legacy player. I really like using blip.tv but probably have to use some other video service for my portal player on the main page because this new player is just not fitting. And leave the blip player only in the articles where I put individual clips.

Scott, can you direct me to the place where you found the sidebar widget, it may be some help to me for now as I just need an all episodes playlist for my portal video player at the present. I hope it doesn't require coding or confusing html stuff because i am not that good at that either.

January 21, 2011 12:33 PM
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Scott Clasen

Zsolt,

Once you're logged in, click on the Dashboard and then scroll to the very bottom of the page. In the footer area there's a category called You. Under that, click on Distribution. Once you get to that page, in the left column there's a link called Sidebar. That allows you configure a sidebar with however many videos you want and then you can grab the HTML code. Unfortunately, I don't see a place where you can include a specific playlist, which is what I need.

January 21, 2011 12:39 PM
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Zsolt Kovessy

thanks, Scott. I will try that out.

January 21, 2011 12:44 PM
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Zsolt Kovessy

I checked the sidebar widget out. it doesn't work for me from both a design viewpoint and because when clicked it will take the viewer away from our community site to blip.tv and this is not what we intended with the multiepisode videoplayer. All episodes should play in one embedded video player. Please, blip.tv, can you provide us with a similar sidebar option in the near future as the one we had with the old legacy players? It would be very, very much appreciated.

January 21, 2011 02:41 PM
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Scott Clasen

It is unfortunate when an "upgrade" ends up being a step back in usability. Hopefully a fully integrated sidebar will be forthcoming.

January 21, 2011 03:06 PM
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Zsolt Kovessy

"It is unfortunate when an "upgrade" ends up being a step back in usability. Hopefully a fully integrated sidebar will be forthcoming." That is what I hope for, too. Blip.tv is a great service and site, otherwise, and I hope they listen to us. We need a sidebar option in a multiepisode player for other episodes, or at least, please let us have the old player as an option. Probably there is many more of us who have better use for those old players.

January 21, 2011 05:31 PM
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Matt Green

I too want the sidebar playlist back! I was with a client last week and pulled up our site to show them what we can do for them and all of a sudden our play list was gone. This made me look unprofessional. Please give us the option for the sidebar playlist. Even if this is only a feature for pro accounts I would greatly appreciate it.

January 25, 2011 10:31 AM
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artedigital

New player has bugs! Try to click the play button while in the video list view...

So I do request the same. I had my videos in my online portfolio and I was using players with sidebar video list and now the sidebar video list is gone. 

Many users that visit my site have no experience at all with video players such as the blip.tv video player. The small scrollbar is not clear for them and they do not scroll it in order to see the complete video list. So many users will miss many videos . This is not good!

They click on what they see. They are most used the player such as the player in a youtube channel. Those players have sidebar video list.

Please provide us with a solution to have a sidebar video list within the video player.

Besides  there is a huge bug in this new player. Try to click the play button when you are viewing the video list and the video will play over the video list. Looks like a big mess!

Please keep blip.tv the best online video service as it was until now!

Regards

January 25, 2011 01:00 PM
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artedigital

The bug I just reported happens if you have the playlist visible by default. If you click the play button instead of selecting a video (clicking on a video thumbnail), the video will start to play over the playlist and both will keep visible. This is a huge bug!

You can see this happening in my website:

http://www.diogo-andrade.co.cc/

 

cheers!

January 25, 2011 01:17 PM
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Matt Green

...this is a response i got back from blip support regarding this issue.

"We stopped supporting the show player some months ago but only recently officially retired it. It will not be coming back, but we are planning some similar sidebar style options in the future."

I hope "in the future" is the very near future!

January 25, 2011 04:51 PM
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Aaron Gonthier

My viewers have been very vocal about the new player. They hate it. I have been flooded with tech support questions regarding the operation of the new player ever since it was launched! PLEASE MAKE THE PLAYER MORE USER FRIENDLY!

January 25, 2011 09:56 PM
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Thomas McAulay

Our entire site design was based around the sidebar player. It's very disappointing that you continued this feature as we are now forced to recode a number of embeds in our database.

January 26, 2011 04:52 PM
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Zsolt Kovessy

i think what thomas wanted to say is "very disappointing  that you DIScontinued this feature". Our site design was based around the sidebar player as well. it would be great if blip.tv would come out very soon with some similar sidebar style options, as they informed Matt Green, for all users not just the pros. Otherwise, blip.tv is our favourite video service.Let's hope future is the very near future.

January 26, 2011 05:52 PM
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Thomas McAulay

Thanks for that, I did mean DIScontinue :).

January 26, 2011 05:54 PM
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patras-church

When someone clicks on the title of the video on the overlay (while the video is playing) it opens this video in blip.tv in a new window. Is it possible to avoid this redirection?

January 27, 2011 07:08 AM
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tom fletcher-jones

I too am dissapointed with the removal of the sidebar playlist. The very prominent position this player was given on my clients site was integral to the design of the page. The playlist down the side along with the video gave that area of the page its dimensions. Now there is no sidebar we have ugly black lines down either side. Making the player higher or narrower to resolve this isnt an option. But all of this is pretty secondary to the fact that the sidebar playlist was absolutely ideal for thier needs and the 'upgrade' simply doesnt provide the same fundamental functionality.

January 27, 2011 10:31 AM
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Scott Clasen

I wish we'd get some feedback or reaction from Blip about this issue on this thread. And Zsolt, I'm a pro account customer, so the no sidebar issue is for all customers. I put in a customer support request with Blip and the answer I got back was just to direct me to this blog post and the "how to make a playlist" tutorial. I already know how to create a playlist, I have several! What I need is the ability to put that playlist in a sidebar next to my video player.

January 27, 2011 10:44 AM
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Boston Latino TV

New player is really bad. I also need the sidebar. I'm gonna have to use the  youtube video player, as horrible as it looks, at least it's functional.

January 28, 2011 07:10 AM
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Phil

Please can BlipTV add the show side bar back, getting losts of users not being able to view other shows.

Considering moving to vimeo if this is not resolved

January 30, 2011 12:25 PM
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Griffnyc

I also miss the sidebar. It was great for third party embeds. I hope that it returns soon.

February 05, 2011 07:10 AM
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Ken Pyle

This should be switched back.  Like others who have already responded, we had invested lots of time in the old playlist.  Now, we will have to go back to those older posts, as well as figure out what we want to do for the new posts as well.  This isn't good.  

February 08, 2011 04:54 PM
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Amani Smith

Dude the stratos player does not work!!!! the old player did....NOW NONE OF OVER  MY 5,000 PLAYERS WONT WORK  what the hell

its not working on blip.... now it only works from facebook...ERIC  was the previous player really bothering blip.tv that much why they had to get rid of it could both of the player co-exist?  thanks for making me waste the last 2 years posting players that now dont work

February 18, 2011 10:52 AM
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Amani Smith

i mean its not working on ning.com

February 18, 2011 10:53 AM
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Blip Support
blip.tv

Amani - Can you please send a link to an example? Even though we shut off the old player in January, most users had been using it for much, much longer. We haven't encountered any issues like the ones you're describing. Please open a ticket so we can investigate. 

February 21, 2011 11:27 AM
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Tinbucktwo2

none of my users like the new player 

March 27, 2011 07:36 AM
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camden

It is a great new players the only problem is : the IFRAME object that is not supported by the default joomla editors

 

It is surely going to cause a lot of problem to the joomla community

 

Could you please find a solution

 

youtube have decided to make their clients choose between the object tag and the iframe tag

April 11, 2011 07:38 PM
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Blip Support
blip.tv

@camden: You can use the regular embed code by unchecking iPhone-compatible in your custom player settings: http://blip.tv/dashboard/players

The downside is, your video will not play on iOS devices.

April 13, 2011 11:02 AM
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Scott Clasen

Any recent news about bringing back the SIDEBAR playlist to this new player? It's been all crickets chirping here and clearly by seeing the comments above, numerous customers would like the option of having a sidebar playlist next to the currently running video.

April 19, 2011 04:02 PM
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Delaina Biernstein

Still waiting for a new sidebar player. I might as well stop using blip.tv if I can't have the sidebar.

June 19, 2011 07:26 PM
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Chris Chisum

Why are there no ads on my new video.  It's been will over an hour now that I've uploaded it and I haven't seen "one" ad.  Surely there is a mistake.  Everyone of my past videos have shown ads, but the newest one isn't showing any.

June 28, 2011 03:02 PM
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Mail

I can't believe that the new player doesn't support audio only (my podcast) at all anymore! That sucks.  Combined with the discontinuation of linking the episode straight to my blog - blip has become rather unusable for my business!

July 09, 2011 10:06 AM
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Blip Support
blip.tv

Hi Mail - blip.tv is a platform for the best in original web video series... we're not really set up for audio-only podcasts. If you do a search, you'll find many other podcast hosts that are geared for exactly what you're looking for, and better suited to fill your needs.

July 11, 2011 11:16 AM
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Phil

Will there be an option for adding the side bar again, really really miss this, used to look so great for embedding into our web site. This used to be a real plus for Blip TV and recommend blip tv to others based on this functionality.

October 10, 2011 06:19 AM
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Tamatura

Where is the API documented? The developer wiki does not seem to be current withis player.

January 07, 2012 09:21 PM
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kumar

Where is the API documentation for the new player? 

Could someone post a link to it?

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BLIPS BIGGEST MISTAKE WAS GETTING RID OF THE SHOW PLAYER.....4 YEARS AGO.... NOW BLIP IS A GARVE YARD.... GEEZUS WHOS IDEA WAS IT ANYWAY.....THANKS PAL YOUR A TRUE IDEA KILLER....DONT YOU HATE ITT WHEN  A GREAT IDEA IS KILLED FOR ONE THATS LAMEE

February 03, 2014 11:42 PM
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There is worst now: the drop of closed captions support! Now non english webseries and educational series made for hearing impaired people can't add CC anymore to the videos. This makes Blip worst than Vimeo (who finally added CC support in january, after 3 years promising it). Closed captions is not an option, nowadays. It has to be on Blip. Even more when it WAS on Blip till February!

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