Play Wowza Streaming Engine streams on Apple iOS devices

This article describes how to play a video-on-demand (VOD) or live stream from Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software on Apple iOS devices.

Play a VOD .mp4 file


This section describes how to play the default [install-dir]/content/sample.mp4 video file from an application named vod. If your video file has a different name or if you're streaming from an application that has a different name, substitute those values in the sample URLs.

For details about how to create a Wowza Streaming Engine application for VOD streaming, see Set up video-on-demand streaming in Wowza Streaming Engine.

Enter the following URL into Safari on the iOS device:

http://[address]:1935/vod/mp4:sample.mp4/playlist.m3u8

This stream can also be played by using Safari or QuickTime 10.x on a computer that's running OS X 10.6 or later.

To play your own content, copy it to the server [install-dir]/content folder and substitute its file name in place of sample.mp4 in the playback URL.

Note: In Wowza Streaming Engine, MP4 is the default stream format and you're not required to use the mp4: stream name prefix to play the sample video file. For example: http://[address]:1935/vod/sample.mp4/playlist.m3u8

To play content that's not in the content root folder ([install-dir]/content), add the default application instance name to the playback URL. For example, if the sample.mp4 video file is in [install-dir]/myVideos/sample.mp4, the playback URL is:

http://[address]:1935/vod/_definst_/myVideos/mp4:sample.mp4/playlist.m3u8

Play a live stream


This section describes how to play a live stream named myStream from an application named live. If your live stream has a different name or if you're streaming from an application that has a different name, substitute those values in the sample URLs.

For details about how to send a stream from your encoder to Wowza Streaming Engine, see one of these articles:

Enter the following URL into Safari on the iOS device:

http://[address]:1935/live/myStream/playlist.m3u8

This stream can also be played by using Safari or QuickTime 10.x on a computer that's running OS X 10.6 or later.

If your live stream has a different name, use it instead of myStream in the playback URL.