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Play RTMP without Flash

Posted on 2016-08-08
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Hi All,

Many devices don't support flash. HLS(HTML5) is a good choose for VOD, but it is not good for live streaming with high latency. Have any solution for RTMP without flash ? Sory about my poor English! :))
Thanks!
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by:Kimputer
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Assuming you want something as universal as HTML5 (otherwise, you wouldn't mention it?), the answer is quite disappointing. NO.
Without Flash, you need a seperate client for EVERY platform, be it Android (Java), iOS, Windows, Linux, etc etc.
You'll be programming till you drop dead, and still haven't covered all your bases. You have to prioritize which is more important.
From the clients perspective, they usually have to download something (be it your own ActiveX component, or Java implementation), which is another stumble block.
That's why it's still Flash or HTML5 on the web right now (with Flash as one of the few viable choices for protected content)
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by:ldvhai
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Thanks for answer!
i can live streaming hls with html5 player for the platforms which you list. But if browers do not support flash, we can't use rtmp for live stream. So which protocol can replace (rtmp+flash) with low latency ?.
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Just some options:

A: build a java player to fall back when Flash isn't supported
FOR: Windows IE users, not Chrome users (they have Flash builtin anyway). LInux , Mac. Mobile users are :(
BUT: You still need to program the Java viewer app (there are some free libraries though).

B: autodetect that Flash isn't supported, let browser fall back to LOW quality encoded HTML5 (to improve latency)
FOR: Almost every device/OS

C: assume no flash is because it's a mobile device, provide them link with free app that can play RTMP links (already in Play or Apple Store) AND the RTMP url
FOR: most mobile devices
BUT: user experience is quite bad (user has to install app, has to copy and paste URL into app. Even if app is already installed, user experience might still be sub-par)
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