How to Use Sample M3u8 .ts Files for Testing HLS Streaming
HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) is a popular protocol for delivering live and on-demand video content over the internet. HLS uses a playlist file (.m3u8) that contains references to media segments (.ts) that are hosted on a web server. The playlist file tells the player which segments to download and play in sequence.
One of the advantages of HLS is that it supports adaptive bitrate streaming, which means that the player can switch between different quality levels of the video depending on the network conditions and device capabilities. This improves the user experience and reduces buffering.
If you want to test HLS streaming on your own device or website, you will need some sample m3u8 .ts files that you can use as a source. There are several websites that provide free sample m3u8 .ts files for different resolutions and bitrates. Here are some examples:
https://test-streams.mux.dev/x36xhzz/x36xhzz.m3u8: A sample m3u8 .ts file that contains a 10-second video of a big buck bunny in 1080p, 720p, 480p, and 360p.
https://bitdash-a.akamaihd.net/content/sintel/hls/playlist.m3u8: A sample m3u8 .ts file that contains a 14-minute video of Sintel, an animated short film, in 4K, 2K, 1080p, 720p, and 480p.
https://devstreaming-cdn.apple.com/videos/streaming/examples/img_bipbop_adv_example_ts/master.m3u8: A sample m3u8 .ts file that contains a 2-minute video of a test pattern with audio in various bitrates and codecs.
To use these sample m3u8 .ts files, you will need a player that supports HLS streaming. There are many players available for different platforms and browsers, such as Video.js, HLS.js, Shaka Player, Dash.js, and Clappr. You can also use native players on iOS and Android devices.
To test HLS streaming on your website, you will need to embed the player code and provide the URL of the sample m3u8 .ts file as the source. For example, using Video.js, you can write something like this: