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Issue 180632: Support streaming of .m3u8 and .m3u playlist formats
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Project Member Reported by, Mar 6, 2013
Chrome Version     :  all
OS Version         :  all

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Allow users to stream .m3u8 and .m3u playlist files via web on their Chrome OS devices 

More information about this file type:

Request from user:!category-topic/chromebook-central/2xY8-ZH1DLg

Sample playlist:

This format is used for streaming flash video/etc. 
Mar 6, 2013
Assigning to @renganathan for triage since he is driving codec/container work nowadays
Status: Assigned
Labels: -Area-MediaPlayer Area-UI
Mar 10, 2013
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Labels: -Area-UI Cr-UI
Apr 12, 2013
+scherkus, dalecurtis, jtlinden

# Thoughts
* .m3u and .m3u8 files are text files containing list of audio files to play in sequence. 
* So, our goal should be to consume this, recognize this in FileBrowser and then play the audio files using the native/chrome media player.

# Questions and concerns
* Can we gracefully not play an unsupported audio file today (container/codec)? Scenario - .m3u file contains .mp3, .aac and .wma for example. 
* Do we support a list of audio files that we can play?
Apr 12, 2013
What does gracefully mean in this case?  The media element will issue an error event if the file is not supported.  It's up to the application translating the .m3u file to handle.

Currently we don't support any kind of playlists (though MediaSource might have something which could be coopted to do this, +acolwell would know more).  The general reason is that playlists represent lists of local files, so what does that mean on the web?  Plus this functionality is easily added in JavaScript using the existing <audio> tag.
Apr 12, 2013

Thanks for your work on this issue.  Stretch Internet, the company
supplying the video, has fixed whatever the problem was and we are able to
watch the video.

Jul 24, 2013
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