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Setting Defalut Playback Quality

Is there a way to change the default playback quality of an embedded video?
Using the simple embed code, it defaults to the lowest quality - is there a way to set it higher?

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JW Player Support Agent  
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Hi there,

In order to shorten the amount of time it takes for your viewers to be able to start watching your content, our player follows the recommendations provided by Apple in the HLS specification and begins playback of HLS streams with the first quality found in the stream’s manifest. Usually, as is the case with streams provided by our platform, this is one of the lower qualities.

With that being said, the player will immediately begin determining whether or not it can adapt the quality based on the available connection speed. In recent versions of the player, this means that HLS streams upshift in quality within 4-5 seconds.

For more information on adaptive streaming, please see this support article.

It is not recommended to manually set the quality of the HLS stream on the customer’s behalf because the player will no longer automatically adapt the quality based on changes in bandwidth. If you still would like to do so, you can accomplish with JavaScript by using the API methods found in the “Quality” section of our JavaScript API Reference.

Please let me know if you need any more help or have any other questions.

Thank you!

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