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    Default Wowza HTML 5 streaming

    Hi all,

    We're currently in the process of moving from a Flash player to HTML 5. We use Wowza to stream VOD using RTMP (for "normal" browsers) and HLS (for iOS and Android).

    Both protocols are not supported by the HTML 5 <video> element, so we decided to use Apache to serve the files. This works, but requires a lot more bandwidth as the browser seems to download the entire file instead of only buffering a small part.

    I know HLS is an option, but this is only natively supported on iOS and Safari. HLS requires an Flash plugin to work on other browsers, which is not what we want.

    Is there any way to stream MP4 (or Webm) files using Wowza to HTML 5 clients?

    Thanks in advance!

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    HTML 5 video playback is possible using the Safari web browser on iOS and Mac OS X. I've seen it work on other browsers, but not reliably. You can try it yourself by inserting this code into an HTML page and referencing an HLS stream from your Wowza server, as an example:
        <title>HTML 5 Test</title> 
        <video width="640" height="400" controls="controls" src="http://[wowza-ip-address]:1935/live/myStream/playlist.m3u8">
    You may also want to take a look at the player offing from JW Player, which uses Apple HLS/HTML 5 and RTMP/Flash, depending on the platform. It a great solution.

    Also, newer versions of Android support HLS



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