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   One-tap Video Playback with PocketTV

This section describes how you can make HTML links to locally stored MPEG files.

Taping such a link will cause PocketTV to play the movie file. When playback is completed PocketTV brings you back to the web page. You can also terminate playback by taping ok in PocketTV.

On Handheld PC you can just create HTML documents with links like:

<A HREF="file:///My Documents/starwars.mpg">starwars.mpg</A>
or just
<A HREF="\My Documents\starwars.mpg">starwars.mpg</A>

On Pocket PC, due to a bug in PocketIE, HTML links to locally stored media files (.mpg, .mp3, .wma or .wmv) do not work well. For more on this problem, please read this newsgroup thread.

Fortunately in the case of PocketTV there is a workaround to this ennoying PocketIE problem. If you want to play a locally stored MPG file by tapping on a HTML link, make the link to an .m1u file:

<A HREF="\My Documents\starwars.m1u">Play starwars.mpg</A>

(note that the link extension is .m1u)

And put the file called starwars.m1u in the \My Documents\ folder. The file starwars.m1u must be a TEXT file that contains the full path name of the local mpg file (on one line), e.g. the file starwars.m1u contains the following line:

\My Documents\starwars.mpg

Basically the .m1u extension is associated with PocketTV, and when PocketTV gets a .m1u file, it looks inside the file for an MPEG stream URL or local file name. If the .m1u contains the full path name of locally stored MPEG file, PocketTV will just play this file.

You do not need any extra Storage Memory: the .mpg file will not be duplicated or copied in Memory if it is already stored as a local file (e.g. in main memory or on a Storage Card).

Check this forum thread for more on this subject.

   One-tap Video Streaming with PocketTV

This section describes how you can make HTML links to MPEG files located on remote servers.

Taping such a link will cause PocketTV to stream the video. When playback is completed PocketTV Enterprise Edition brings you back automatically to the web page (you must close PocketTV Classic to return to the web page). You can also terminate playback and return to the web page at any time by closing/minimizing PocketTV (just tap (x) in the NavBar).

Requirements for streaming: In order to do streaming with PocketTV, you must have device equiped with a high bandwith (>= 500 Kbit/sec) wireless internet access (e.g. iPaq with with a 802.11 WLAN card with a hub well connected to the net). You need PocketTV version 0.3.14 or later (see Release Notes).

If you want to start streaming an MPG file by tapping on a HTML link, make the link to an .m1u file:

<A HREF="\My Documents\starwars.m1u">Stream starwars.mpg</A>

(note that the link extension is .m1u)

And put the file called starwars.m1u in the \My Documents\ folder. The file starwars.m1u must be a TEXT file that contains the full URL of the mpg file (on one line), e.g. the file starwars.m1u can contain the following line:

http://www.mpegtv.com/starwars.mpg

Basically the .m1u extension is associated with PocketTV, and when PocketTV gets a .m1u file, it looks inside the file for an MPEG stream URL or local file name. If the .m1u contains the http URL of an MPEG file, PocketTV will start streaming the video from this URL.

In order to stream with PocketTV, the MPEG file must be located on a Web Server that has been configured to enable PocketTV streaming (see next section).

You do not need any extra Storage Memory: the .mpg file will not be downloaded in memory, it will just be streamed.

You can also tell PocketTV to stream directly from a URL that you enter in the "Open URL..." dialog.

   Configuring Web Servers to Stream with PocketTV

This section is intended to Webmasters who want to provide video streaming for PocketTV

PocketTV is capable of streaming from standard HTTP/1.1 servers, so all you need is an off-the-shelf web server, like Apache.

You must configure your HTTP server so that .m1u files are sent with the MIME type "video/x-mpegurl". If you use Apache, this can be done by adding the following line to the file srm.conf:

AddType video/x-mpegurl .m1u

In some cases you might need to add the following line to the mime.type file used by your server:

video/x-mpegurl     m1u

You will have to restart the web server after changing the configuration.

If your web server is not configured properly, it may send the .m1u file with a wrong type (e.g. text/plain). This might cause PocketIE to display the content of the file, rather than initiating the streaming. You can check that your server is correctly configured by issuing an http GET request manually, using telnet on the port 80 of your server.

Note: .m1u files are only understood by PocketTV. If you use dynamic HTML, you can detect the type of client (browser) that accesses your web pages. If you detect PocketIE, you should generate PocketIE friendly pages and include the .m1u links for streaming your MPEG video content.

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