Streaming m3u8

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ledo1611 Offline
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Hello,

I'm very new to the whole XCMC platform and still learning a lot about it. I have the Frodo 12.2 installed on a Windows 7 PC.

I had a link to an m3u8 file which should contain some streaming live TV (mostly international channels). I downloaded the m3u8 file but can't figure out how to play it in XBMC. I did a google search and also searched this forum but couldn't find an answer. according to the download instuctions I need to make some changes in the file also before I can watch any channels. so I need guidance to navigate through editing and playing this format in the XBMC. Smile

Thank you!
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Welcome to the XBMC forums.

See here: http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Int...io_streams
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Thanks for the link. I tried to follow the process but it did not work out.

Here is the link I have for the m3u8 file: http://37.46.199.34:1935/hls/mux-udp-001/playlist.m3u8

when I download the file and open it this is all I get in the text editor:

#EXTM3U#EXT-X-VERSION:3#EXT-X-STREAM-INF:PROGRAM-ID=1,BANDWIDTH=609376,CODECS="avc1.66.30,
mp4a.40.2",RESOLUTION=768x576chunklist_w1752203962.m3u8

any idea how to get this to stream in XBMC?
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Just create a file called e.g. livetv.strm and paste that link into it, then open the file in XBMC. If you want to spend a few days tearing your hair out but in the end get a "just like real TV" experience, look at the IPTV PVR addon.

By the way, that m3u8 file only contains a single channel.
(This post was last modified: 2013-07-17 22:06 by negge.)
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The chunklist_w1752203962.m3u8 has a list of the .ts streams, ie http://37.46.199.34:1935/hls/mux-udp-001...18033.m3u8

That contains:
Code:
#EXTM3U
#EXT-X-VERSION:3
#EXT-X-ALLOW-CACHE:NO
#EXT-X-TARGETDURATION:10
#EXT-X-MEDIA-SEQUENCE:12265
#EXT-X-KEY:METHOD=AES-128,URI="http://lic.lbcdn.com/getkey.aspx"
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12265.ts
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12266.ts
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12267.ts
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12268.ts
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12269.ts
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12270.ts
presumably that is a list of playable chunks?

The chunklist_w1752203962.m3u8 has a list of the .ts streams, ie http://37.46.199.34:1935/hls/mux-udp-001...18033.m3u8

That contains:
Code:
#EXTM3U
#EXT-X-VERSION:3
#EXT-X-ALLOW-CACHE:NO
#EXT-X-TARGETDURATION:10
#EXT-X-MEDIA-SEQUENCE:12265
#EXT-X-KEY:METHOD=AES-128,URI="http://lic.lbcdn.com/getkey.aspx"
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12265.ts
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12266.ts
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12267.ts
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12268.ts
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12269.ts
#EXTINF:10.0,
media_w181718033_12270.ts
presumably that is a list of playable chunks?

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(This post was last modified: 2013-07-17 23:17 by nickr.)
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I don't know the specifics of this particular file, but usually with M3U8 files the different streams are just different versions of the main stream in varying quality (so the client can adapt to sudden changes in bandwidth).
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Thank you guys. I appreciate your help!
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I have one more question. I have one text file with a bunch of live TV channel streaming information that looks like this:

http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-024/koolz.m3u8 almasrya
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-500/koolz.m3u8 altanya
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-531/koolz.m3u8 masrawiya
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-546/koolz.m3u8 moga
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-536/koolz.m3u8 metro
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-528/koolz.m3u8 cairo cinema
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-534/koolz.m3u8 go tv
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-521/koolz.m3u8 cinema
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-532/koolz.m3u8 masrmbc
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-553/koolz.m3u8 ryada
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-600/koolz.m3u8 alnahar
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-554/koolz.m3u8 alhayat
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-587/koolz.m3u8 alnahar 2
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-527/koolz.m3u8 more media
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-525/koolz.m3u8 star1
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-526/koolz.m3u8 star2
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-580/koolz.m3u8 Alqahira Walnass+2
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-443/koolz.m3u8 aflam
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-444/koolz.m3u8 cinema
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-403/koolz.m3u8 Touk Touk TV
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-833/koolz.m3u8 masria darma 2
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-505/koolz.m3u8 cbc
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-506/koolz.m3u8 cbc 2
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-504/koolz.m3u8 cbc drama
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-501/koolz.m3u8 cbc sofra
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-402/koolz.m3u8 AUC TV
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-241/koolz.m3u8 Al Hayat
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-246/koolz.m3u8 Dream 1
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-300/koolz.m3u8 Oscar Drama
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-301/koolz.m3u8 Al Hayat Cinema
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-303/koolz.m3u8 Al Hayat Series
Http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-313/koolz.m3u8 Cairo Drama
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-321/koolz.m3u8 Funoon
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-322/koolz.m3u8 Rotana Masrya
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-319/koolz.m3u8 Nile Tv
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-329/koolz.m3u8 Nile Comedy
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-330/koolz.m3u8 Nile Life
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-331/koolz.m3u8 Nile Dram
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-332/koolz.m3u8 Nile Sports
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-334/koolz.m3u8 Nile Cinema
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-335/koolz.m3u8 Dream 2
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-336/koolz.m3u8 CRT Drama
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-337/koolz.m3u8 Panorama Drama
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-338/koolz.m3u8 Panorama Drama 2
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-368/koolz.m3u8 Masaya.
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-372/koolz.m3u8 Top Movies
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-354/koolz.m3u8 Time Cinema
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-228/koolz.m3u8 ON TV
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-339/koolz.m3u8 Cima
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-328/koolz.m3u8 Al Nile
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-507/koolz.m3u8 Mehwar 2
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-503/koolz.m3u8 Al Nahar Drama
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-071/koolz.m3u8 JSC Mubasher Masr
http://37.46.199.34/hls/mux-udp-343/koolz.m3u8 Top News

I tried to research how to add these to my XBMC 12.2 for Windows which I am running on the home PC but was not successful in getting these to work. I created strm files both as a single file and as individual files (one for each of these channel URLs) and tried adding them in the "Video" file section in my XBMC, but it doesn't look like I'm doing this the right away. Is there a way to add these channels to my existing streaming add-ons or elsewhere?

I appreciate the help guys! Smile
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Google for "IPTVSimple PVR addon", there's a long thread about it in the forums. It's exactly what you want.
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Thank you! will take a look at that and see how it goes.
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