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Getting started with Livepeer.com
Live stream with the Livepeer.com API
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Playback a live stream
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How to playback a live stream with the Livepeer.com API

Once the broadcast session is started, transcoding will automatically happen. To playback a live stream, you’ll need the playbackId from when you created a stream object. You also need to know your playback base URL.

Users can view the live stream with any HLS video player (for example video.js) by using the playback URL: {playback_base_url}/{playbackId}/index.m3u8. The playback URL for RTMP streams is delivered via a content delivery network (CDN).

You can use fetch and examine the playlist by using the playback URL. For example:

curl "https://{region}-cdn.livepeer.com/hls/{playbackId}/index.m3u8"

You should give you the full HLS playlist that includes the source and transcoded renditions. For example:

#EXTM3U
#EXT-X-STREAM-INF:PROGRAM-ID=1,BANDWIDTH=2145120,RESOLUTION=1920x1080,FRAME-RATE=30,CODECS="avc1.4d4028,mp4a.40.2"
1_0/index.m3u8?sessId=23351
#EXT-X-STREAM-INF:PROGRAM-ID=1,BANDWIDTH=2018712,RESOLUTION=1280x720,FRAME-RATE=29.97,CODECS="avc1.4d401f,mp4a.40.2"
2_0/index.m3u8?sessId=23351
#EXT-X-STREAM-INF:PROGRAM-ID=1,BANDWIDTH=1111792,RESOLUTION=854x480,FRAME-RATE=29.97,CODECS="avc1.4d401f,mp4a.40.2"
3_0/index.m3u8?sessId=23351
#EXT-X-STREAM-INF:PROGRAM-ID=1,BANDWIDTH=638672,RESOLUTION=640x360,FRAME-RATE=29.97,CODECS="avc1.4d401e,mp4a.40.2"
4_0/index.m3u8?sessId=23351

If you don't see a response like this, it's likely because the stream is not live.

Next, learn how to list all streams created by a user with the Livepeer.com API.

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