I want to build an iOS app that allows you to stream General

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I want to build an iOS app that allows you to stream General

Postby bkingsford » Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:38 pm

Conference live and live tweet about it all within the app. Is there a public link that I could use to stream the video while it's live? I know the Church makes it available at lds.org/general-conference/watch , but I would like a direct link to just the video stream so users can view it within the app.

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Re: I want to build an iOS app that allows you to stream Gen

Postby sbradshaw » Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:30 pm

It's also streamed on YouTube – maybe that would be an easier link to use, for your purposes, if nobody has the LDS.org stream link...

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Re: I want to build an iOS app that allows you to stream Gen

Postby bkingsford » Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:18 pm

Yes that would be a workable plan B. I know you can embed a YouTube video in a UIWebView, so that would work. It would just be nice to have the LDS stream link for aesthetic and performance purposes.

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Re: I want to build an iOS app that allows you to stream Gen

Postby russellhltn » Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:47 pm

Not only that, but since YouTube is currently blocked in church buildings, it would be a ongoing support issue as users report that it didn't work when they expected it to.

I think your best bet is to go to conference.lds.org and parse out the "View now" link.
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I thought of that. But I don't think this will work because

Postby bkingsford » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:08 pm

live stream is shown with a bright cove flash player. I can't just parse that out and display it in my app. What I need is a link to the actual http live streaming feed. The website used to expose a m3u8 file hosted on akamai. But as far as I can tell, this is no longer the case.

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Re: I want to build an iOS app that allows you to stream Gen

Postby russelljd » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:20 am

All of the logic to failover between HDS and HLS is now all wrapped in the Brightcove player. The only way you can get the m3u8 link would be to watch the requests that the Brightcove player is making and find the m3u8 that the player is requesting.

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Re: I want to build an iOS app that allows you to stream Gen

Postby russellhltn » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:38 am

Any chance of running the Brightcove on Android? Seems like they have something for it.
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Re: I want to build an iOS app that allows you to stream Gen

Postby russelljd » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:48 am

Brightcove does have an SDK that would allow streaming to Android. However, it comes with a licensing fee and the church has chosen not to license that specific product due to cost concerns.

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Re: I want to build an iOS app that allows you to stream Gen

Postby russelljd » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:50 am

As a side note, BYU TV does support streaming on Android in their native apps and on mobile web so that's always an option for large broadcasts such as General Conference.


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