Since WildEarth's current video player and website were launched in 2010, almost three years have passed and in Internet terms that is a very long time. Lots of new developments have happened since then, most notably the rapidly growing use of mobile devices for watching video and of social media for sharing content.
Behind the scenes we have been working hard on building a new player and site that would allow you to make full use of those new ways of watching and sharing our content. We started from scratch and as always these types of projects take longer than planned, and it is certainly still not finished, but today we are ready to let our viewers have a look at it, give it a try, and then let us know what you think of what is there and what you would like to be added or changed. The new site can be found at beta.wildearth.tv. (Note that you will have to re-register as it uses a different registration system.)
The new player works on both Flash and non-Flash systems which means you can also watch the videos on mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads and Android-based ones.
We also think you will be happy with the much improved and more intuitive archiving and videomarking functions which now includes thumbnails for easy searching for events and a much easier way of creating videomarks.
A third major change is the ability to register on the site with either your e-mail or by linking one of your social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) accounts and directly share news, videomarks, or other info directly with your Facebook, Twitter and other friends.
And finally, for now, you can easily build your own newsfeed by 'following' cameras, videomarks or other users on the site. This means that whenever you come back you will see all the latest for all that you've followed, all in one spot.
Over the coming months we will be streamlining and perfecting the site, as well as add more features to it. And, as always, we would like to ask for your help in this by letting us know your experiences with the beta site: What you like, what you don't like, and what is missing or not working as it should. It's important to us to build the best experience for you as our viewers and for that we need to hear from you.
For now we will keep the old sites and players running but we do plan to take them down in the not too distant future, so give the new site a try and let us know your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org