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    Default Best way to stream to Windows Mobile phones

    Hi all!

    I am successfully using JWplayer to stream RTMP to Desktops capable of Flash and Apple HLS to iOS devices.
    Android is still a pain, some devices play the m3u stream, some play the RTMP stream and some the RTSP stream.

    But what is the best way to stream to current Windows Mobile devices? Have not found anything suitable.

    thanx and greetings,
    Stephan

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    Hello,

    Windows phones usually have the Silverlight player installed.
    You can enable the Silverlight Smoothstreaming output from your Wowza server and try to play back that streaming output.
    Please take a look at the How to playback with the example Microsoft Silverlight players (Smooth Streaming) forum article.

    Zoran

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    Hi there Zoran I have hit this snag also. There does not seem to be a way to natively play smoothing streaming in windows phone browsers and it does not come with silverlight installed and there is noway to install silverllight. What are they thinking ?

    Can somebody please shed some light on how to make this work without having to build applications ? I believe a fallback system is required so it can play flash / hls / android / windows phone in the browser. The documentation is awfully incredible and full of contradictions. There is documentation on playing smooth streaming within the video tag but it's confusing and misleading and seems to be for store apps ?

    Let me know thanks.

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    Hi,
    Basically there isn't a way to do this without building an app.
    Here is a good resource for playback on WP8.

    Also this project here claims to support HLS among others.

    Daren

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    Quote Originally Posted by daren_j View Post
    Hi,
    Basically there isn't a way to do this without building an app.
    Here is a good resource for playback on WP8.

    Also this project here claims to support HLS among others.

    Daren
    Hi thanks for that. This is bad. Is there a way to force it to launch a default player perhaps without forcing users to install something ? It needs to be configured in javascript / html in the browser rather than some application requiring hours of developing time and obtaining data from web services !

    <Core:SMFPlayer>
    <Core:SMFPlayer.Playlist
    <Media:PlaylistItem DeliveryMethod="AdaptiveStreaming" MediaSource="http://ecn.channel9.msdn.com/o9/content/smf/smoothcontent/bbbwp7/big buck bunny.ism/manifest"/>
    </Core:SMFPlayer.Playlist>
    </Core:SMFPlayer>

    Does that get included into the browser or is there a way to include at least the custom player into the browser or launch it with a link to the manifest perhaps ? Documentation is still quite bad. Looked everywhere and doesn't seem that wowza users have figured it out either.

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    Hi,
    Unfortunately not. It's the state of Windows Phone 8 streaming. You'll find that all streaming is done through use of apps, case in point is YouTube and BBC iPlayer apps.
    These are players you would find embedded on full blown Windows desktop platforms, not so on Windows Phone 8.
    You won't find anything embedded in a browser.
    The player framework referred to is for in-app only.

    Daren

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    Hi,

    I'm glad that you have found this thread useful.
    Please take a look at the Wowza Example Players section for some useful articles describing how to play back stream generated by Wowza server.

    Zoran

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