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rtmp to android? not possible

Android can not play RTMP directly using the default Chrome mobile browser, as Flash plugin is required to play RTMP in browser (available only on PC).

There are 2 solutions:

  1. Build an app that plays RTMP stream.
  2. Transcode and deliver stream using a format that plays in Chrome mobile browser, like MPEG DASH or WebRTC.

RTMP is still used quite a bit by broadcasting application and hardware, such as Wirecast and OBS.

It’s not widely used for end delivery anymore, though. As viewing RTMP streams pretty much requires a flash plugin, and most modern browsers have (or are) dropping support for it, other solutions are the norm today.

HTTP live streaming is widely used because it uses existing CDN:s for delivery, and plays natively on smartphones – which is a huge selling point today. In 2018 52% of all web traffic was through mobile phones.

Transcoding and MPEG DASH, WebRTC delivery is possible with Broadcast Live Video solution.

RTMP stream can be published with an external encoder (including mobile apps like Wowza GoCoder) and played back over MPEG DASH or WebRTC in Android 

Media servers red5 and wowza

Red5 is a media server created with Java language. It is a free open source software but recently a new version Red5 Pro came out developed by the same people, this new version supports streaming to mobiles, Android or iOS, which red5 does not. The Red5 Pro is commercial product and costs $55 per server.

A media server allows Flash based applications connect to it using Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP). The server can send and receive data to and from the connected users who have a flash player installed. The server also allows users to receive and publish streams. This permits video chat applications, live streaming and even ondemand video streaming.

Most common Video chat software’s are:
1- Avchat
2- Videowhisper
3- Prochatrooms
4- Gchats

For live streaming the necessary tool if you already have a server with red5 installed is an encoder, an encoder is the software that will connect your computer to the red5 server using the RTMP, which your server provider will give you.
1- FMLE, it is an free Adobe product and does a good job.
2- Wirecast, it is an expensive commercial product of very high quality, absolutely necessary if you starting a TV station.

Although red5 is a free product many people prefer to use Wowza Streaming Engine or Adobe Flash Media Server which are commercial software’s and can be quite expensive, the FMS costs $4500 per server. The reason is that the developers of red5 although have created a wonderful system did not spend much time with tutorials and instructions on how to install and manage a red5 server, for this reason if you searching for a red5 server we suggest you pick a web host which specializes on red5 servers and red5 shared hosting.

1- Red5 Servers relatively cheap red5 servers starting at $15 a month.
2- Red5 Hosting, Hosting Marketers, a web host for experienced webmasters, it is the oldest hosting company specialized on Video and media servers, they also offer Wowza Streaming Engine on its shared plans. They have a very experienced customer support and a reputation for going out of their way to help customers. They starting plan with Red5 enabled costs $9.95 a month. Most other red5 hosting companies are resellers of Hosting Marketers.

Red5 is a formidable media server, extremely flexible and has the advantage of being a free product with with many people working on developing it, for now the main version does not yet work with mobiles, if that is what you need we suggest that instead of using the Red5 Pro version to use the Wowza instead. Hosting Marketers also offers Wowza, in fact they even offer a 3 days free trial.

how to re-broadcast a RTSP using wowza

Recently we had to setup a re-broadcast a live Darshan from Shree Ranchhodraiji Maharaj Temple, Dakor, Gujarat, India. They gave us a RTSP, something like this:


this rtsp included a username and password, the rtsp was from IP camera, from this we had to re-broadcast using wowza media server.

On the application.xml for StreamType we used live, other then that we didnt change anything. We created a file which we upload to the /wowza-installation/content/

On this file we entered the rtsp:


The file must have a .stream filename extension.

we created another file admin.password which we uploaded to /wowza-installation/conf/

on this file we entered:

# Admin password file (format [username][space][password])
# username password
admin 123456

this will be used to start and stop the publishing of the camera.

We restarted the wowza.

To start the stream we now followed he below steps:

Enter the following URL in a web browser:

  1. URL: http://[wowza-ip-address]:8086/streammanager
  2. In the Security dialog box, enter your admin username and password from above.
  3. In the Stream Manager webpage, click the [start-receiving-stream] link just below the live application folder.
  4. In the Start Receiving Stream dialog box, select the following MediaCaster Type option: rtp
  5. In the Stream Name field, enter
  6. Click OK.

That was it.