There are live TV and radio channels which the file format is playlist.m3u8 and this file can be played on iOS as well as Mac OS X.

I wonder if there is any workaround or way to make it play on Windows OS or any browser plugin so that I can play them?


Pretty much any player that supports .m3u playlists should be able to handle the .m3u8 playlists, there just may be some character display problems (since .m3u8 is a Unicode version of .m3u to support extended character sets).

Available here is a list of players that support the .m3u8 file type specifically.

WinAmp is my personal favorite for media playing on Windows.

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  • Thanks but what if that playlist.m3u8 created to work on the iOS or Mac is that going to make any difference? since I tried on VLC and it doesn't work – Ali Jul 16 '11 at 16:08
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    Depends on the file path. Unix systems use a / for folders, Macs use / or : depending on the situation, and Windows uses a \. You may need to edit the file manually to change those – Canadian Luke Jul 16 '11 at 16:23
  • @Luke and what if I don't own the file? – Ali Jul 17 '11 at 4:48
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    Then it's gonna be hard to use it :p Use wget (or another program) to download the raw playlist file, then open in Notepad or TextEdit or whatever ASCII app you have – Canadian Luke Jul 17 '11 at 7:51

m3u8 playlists are used to implement HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) which is a way of streaming live video (H.264 and AAC) over HTTP

HTTP Live Streaming is supported by Mac OS X and iOS, and Android Ice Cream Sandwhich, but I don't know of any Windows based players.

There is an SDK you can get to allow the writing of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 applications which support HLS

3ivx HLS Client SDK for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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