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Thread: RSS with JW Player on all devices?

  1. #1
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    Aug 2012

    Default RSS with JW Player on all devices?

    The more I research this, the more confused I seem to be getting, so I just need to ask point blank.

    What do I need to do to ensure that my live video can play on most devices? Namely flash and HLS/HTML5?

    Best I've been able to tell, if you use XML/RSS as a playlist, JW Player won't do fallback. They recommend using a JSON playlist instead.

    But if you use MediaRSS (which I believe Wowza is), apparently HTML 5 can use it (as opposed to the m3u8 file?) but while it plays fine on the desktop, the iOS device is showing just a black box with a play button that seemingly does nothing.

    I'm running Wowza in standalone mode and I can see the requests coming in from the PC, but I don't see anything coming from the iOS device. So is there a proper way to do this or do I need to get into device detection via PHP and send different scripts for different clients?

    ETA: Ideally I should be able to support blackberry as well (via download (?)). Initially I had them all working with JW embedded fallback but once I try to integrate the MediaRSS playlist, it all fell apart.
    Last edited by brad12; 08-13-2012 at 07:51 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007


    Try something like this:

    <title>JW Player Fallback</title>
    <script type='text/javascript' src='jwplayer.js'></script>
    <div id='mediaplayer'></div>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        'id': 'playerID',
        'width': '480',
        'height': '270',
        'playlistfile': 'http://[wowza-address]:1935/live/smil:livestream.smil/jwplayer.rss',
        'plugins': {
           'qualitymonitor-2': {}
        'modes': [
            {type: 'flash', src: 'player.swf'},
    	{type: 'html5', config:
    		'file': "http://[wowza-address]:1935/live/smil:livestream.smil/playlist.m3u8",
    		provider: 'video'

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