The dev team has recently made some significant changes to the site, as we’ve replaced the in-browser video player with a custom one derived from open source player code. Some of the more important new features include:
- No more spinning black circle
- Smoother video playback
- Better buffering on lower-speed connections
- Faster video start times, even on Big Bear’s monster three-hour videos
- Instant play when jumping forward in the video
- Download MP4 / Download MP3 buttons
- User-selected playback rates from 0.5x to 2x by increments of .25
- Stream audio switch (now resets to beginning, will be made seamless)
- Original streaming dates displayed
These are far from the only changes, as the backend content control system has been completely revamped. The new system means, among other things, that creators no longer need to upload videos that were streamed live on UATV. This is the first step towards a full-fledged streaming system that will include chat, superchat, notifications, and radio-style channels that provide a continuous live stream of audio content.
And speaking of creators, the always-hilarious Jimbob has joined UATV and his fans can now support his channel with a monthly MADE BY JIMBOB subscription.