How to play a Wowza Streaming Cloud live stream in JW Player

The Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service lets you play live streams on your own website using a third-party player such as JW Player. JW Player is an HTML5-based, customizabe video player whose paid editions offer a rich set of features, including the capability to receive live Apple HLS streams. To play live streams from Wowza Streaming Cloud in JW Player 8, use your stream's Apple HLS playback URL with the cloud or self-hosted version of the player.

Notes:
  • Sending live streams to JW Player 8 as described in this article requires a paid edition of the player.
     
  • You can't run JW Player alongside the Wowza Streaming Cloud player on the same webpage. You can use either the Wowza Player or JW Player, not both.
     
  • JW Player doesn't support Adobe HDS streaming. If you want to send a live stream from Wowza Streaming Cloud to JW Player version 6 or 7 using Adobe HDS, download and use the Akamai Advanced JW Player Provider plug-in.

Contents


Identify your live stream's Apple HLS playback URL
Add the URL to your JW Player library
Embed and publish the video
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Identify your live stream's Apple HLS playback URL


Wowza Streaming Cloud generates an Apple HLS playback URL for every live stream. JW Player can use this URL to play your stream.

  1. In Wowza Streaming Cloud, click Live Streams on the menu bar and select the stream you want to broadcast on the Live Streams page.
     
  2. On the Overview or Playback tab of the live stream detail page, find the Apple HLS playback URL.
  3. Make note of the Apple HLS URL or keep the Wowza Streaming Cloud live stream detail page open so that you can refer to it.

Add the URL to your JW Player library


To use either the cloud-hosted or self-hosted JW Player to play your Wowza Streaming Cloud live stream, you must add your Wowza Streaming Cloud HLS playback URL to your JW Player content library.

  1. In a browser, sign in to your JW Player account.
  2. In the Manage section on left side of the dashboard, click Videos.
  3. On content list page, click Add Video URL.
  4. Enter or paste the Wowza Streaming Cloud Apple HLS playback URL that you identified in the previous task.
  5. Click Add URLs.

Adding the URL to the library doesn't ingest the video into the JW Player storage system. It just provides a reference to the stream.

Embed and publish the video


After providing JW Player a reference to the Wowza Streaming Cloud HLS playback URL, you can embed and publish the stream.

JW Player offers multiple ways to put its player on a webpage. For information on the various options, including instructions and example embed code, see the JW Player FAQ Embedding with JW Player.

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