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How to Get an M3U8 Live Stream URL Link for Your Live Streaming Channels

By Jose Guevara

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Jose Guevara

Jose is a part of the Dacast Customer Onboarding team and started working with the company in 2016. He has vast experience in customer service/engagement and live streaming support.

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      M3U8 URL links play a very important role in live streaming. Video players use the information in these text files to locate audio and video files for a stream. An essential part of HLS streaming technology, an M3U8 link makes it possible to integrate your stream with mobile apps and Smart TV apps such as Roku, Apple TV, and the like.

      In this post, we’re going to discuss how to generate and create an M3U8 live stream URL from a live streaming link. Before we get started, it’s important to note that the M3U8 links feature is not activated by default on Dacast, so you’ll have to activate it manually.

      Table of Contents:

      • How to Generate and Use the M3U8 Live Stream URL Link
      • Testing Your M3U8 Link
      • What to Know About Direct M3U8 links on Dacast
      • Additional Resources:

      Since using the M3U8 links directly causes many important features such as detailed analytics to be disabled, Dacast users will have to contact their Account Manager and request access to the M3U8 privilege.

      Note that this feature is included with event plans and above, and available with Starter plans for an additional price.

      How to Generate and Use the M3U8 Live Stream URL Link

      In order to use the M3U8 link, you must navigate to the “Advanced Links” section under the “General” tab of your Dacast dashboard. Drop down the “Advanced Links” tab and locate the “M3U8” link. Copy this link and paste it into Roku TV, Apple TV, or any private web TV channels and mobile app:
      Dacast - Create M3u8 Media Link The full link in this example is:

      https://dacastmmd.mmdlive.lldns.net/dacastmmd/e448bec06c5c49bbbe82bdeb170fc32f/manifest.m3u8?p=79&h=3e2e034290e07bc2798b02ba004d7566

      Testing Your M3U8 Link

      Follow these steps to test your new link:

      1. Launch your stream
      2. Double-check that your live stream is playing correctly, using the preview button in the back office or the share code
      3. Open VLC media player
      4. Click on “Media” and select “Open a Network Stream”
      5. Paste your new M3U8 link into the field

      Once you complete these 5 steps, Your live stream should appear in VLC.

      What to Know About Direct M3U8 Links on Dacast

      As you dive into mobile streaming, you should be familiar with M3U8 links. Like we mentioned, Dacast offers the option of using M3U8 links to ensure compatibility with Roku and the development of mobile apps. Direct M3U8 links don’t support several valuable features such as the paywall, in-depth analytics, referrer restrictions, and geographic/IP restrictions. In order to make up for these unfortunate downfalls, Dacast offers live streaming SDKs as an alternative to supplement this option.

      If you have any questions about accessing or using direct M3U8 live stream URL links for live streaming or our SDKs, feel free to
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      Jose Guevara

      Jose is a part of the Dacast Customer Onboarding team and started working with the company in 2016. He has vast experience in customer service/engagement and live streaming support.

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