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New CHOW video player

mudaba | May 13, 2009 02:11 PM

We are pleased to announce our transition to a new video player. So far we’ve only placed it on the story pages, but we’ll be getting it on the boards and replacing the big player on the video hub over the next month.

It’s got a host of improvements, including:
-greatly improved video quality
-High Definition player sizes
-full-screen functionality
-improved sharing abilities

You’ll see the old familiars — a play/pause button on the left, a scroll bar in the middle, and four feature buttons on the right:
-Share Videos (for Facebook, embedding on a website, or sending the link)
-Related Videos (a mix of related content similar to a video playlist)
-Full Screen
-Volume

At the end of each video you will see prompts for related videos. If no action is taken, a new related video will automatically play within five seconds.

There continue to be no ads on CHOW Tip videos, though there are now short web ads on longer pieces like Obsessives and The Perfect. We appreciate your understanding that CHOW is kept running by its ad sales and that we are working with the ad team to make your viewing experience as pleasurable as possible.

This new player is still in its "beta" release, so expect to see improvements in the coming months.

Please let us know what you like or don't like about the player, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

(If you’re interested in the details: This player was developed by CBS for the CBS Audience Network, or CAN. It’s the same one in use on TV.com. It allows us to distribute far and wide, and we’re excited about getting our videos farther out into the world.)

Meredith, on behalf of CHOW Video

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