Wowza has the capability to play a playlist out of a .smil file. There’s a good tutorial video on the subject. The idea is that you can create an online TV channel, where the video is playing and when a viewer “tunes in” the shows are already in progress.
Pretty cool capability.
However…it seems there’s a design defect in the implementation. If you create a playlist and a video event is scheduled in the past, the video starts playing from the top, from the start of the video file.
Sounds OK, but it’s not.
Suppose you have a TV show called “Trucker Diaries.” Say it’s an hour long. Also say it’s supposed to air at 9PM. So far, so good. Let’s say it’s 9PM and “Trucker Diaries” starts playing as it should. But then at, say, 9:15PM your Wowza server crashes or you have to restart the application for some reason. When you get Wowza back up, the “Trucker Diaries” show should start playing 15 minutes in, not from the very start of the video file!
Has anybody encountered this and found a way to correct for this?
This is a great capability of Wowza but it’s useless if it can’t do what I’m describing.