Play streams with the Silverlight example player in Wowza Streaming Engine

This article describes how to play Microsoft Smooth Streaming video-on-demand (VOD) assets and live streams using the example Microsoft Silverlight player that's included with Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software or downloaded from the Wowza website.

Notes:
  • In the examples below, [wowza-ip-address] is the IP address or domain name of the server running your Wowza Streaming Engine software.
     
  • The Microsoft Silverlight player requires that both audio and video be present for playback.

Play a VOD asset


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, be sure to substitute the values in the sample URLs in this section.

For details about how to create an application for streaming VOD content to all supported player technologies, see Set up video-on-demand streaming in Wowza Streaming Engine.

Use the preconfigured Silverlight player

Wowza Streaming Engine Manager includes a test Microsoft Silverlight player that's preconfigured to play the default sample.mp4 video file. On your VOD application page, click the Test Players button in the upper-right corner. In the Test Players window, on the MS Smooth tab, verify the Server and Media File Name information and then click Start. 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 Media File Name box.

Download the example players

Download example players and extract the example players from the compressed (zipped) folder.

Double-click [install-dir]/examples/VideoOnDemandStreaming/SilverlightPlayer/player.html, enter the information below, and then click the Connect button.

Stream: http://[wowza-ip-address]:1935/vod/mp4:sample.mp4/Manifest

To play the stream from a remote computer, copy the SilverlightPlayer folder to a web server, and then connect to: http://[webserver]/SilverlightPlayer/player.html.
 
Note: 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://[wowza-ip-address]:1935/vod/_definst_/myVideos/mp4:sample.mp4/Manifest

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, be sure to substitute the values in the sample URLs in this section.

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

Use the preconfigured Silverlight player

Wowza Streaming Engine Manager includes a test Microsoft Silverlight player that's preconfigured to play a live stream named myStream. On your live application page, click the Test Players button in the upper-right corner. In the Test Players window, on the MS Smooth tab, verify the Server and Stream information and then click Start. If your live stream has a different name, be sure to substitute it place of myStream in the Stream box.

Download the examples players

Download example players and extract the example players from the compressed (zipped) folder.

Double-click [install-dir]/examples/LiveVideoStreaming/SilverlightPlayer/player.html, enter the information below, and then click the Connect button.

Stream: http://[wowza-ip-address]:1935/live/myStream/Manifest

To play the stream from a remote computer, copy the SilverlightPlayer folder to a web server, and then connect to http://[webserver]/SilverlightPlayer/player.html.