Tuesday, 22 October 2013

How to play .m3u8 video files

.m3u8 files are effectively playlists for video content designed to be played on a mobile device. They also allow seamless switching between high and low resolution video files for when your 3G connection speed varies.

The easiest way to play m3u8 files is to open them on a browser on your iphone or android device. It is also possible to play them through safari using the following html:

  <video src="http://yourserver.com/playlist.m3u8"></video>

Either way you have to serve the video over http using a web server. You cannot simply drag it into your browser.

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