Playback a live stream

This is how a playback URL is formatted:{playbackId}/index.m3u8.

All sessions for a stream have the same playback URL.

The easiest way to the stream playback URL is to login to the Dashboard, navigate to the Streams page,, and click on a stream name. The playback URL is listed on the page.

You can also make a GET request to{id}, and note the value of playbackId in the response. The playback URL is{playbackId}/index.m3u8.

Users can view the live stream with any HLS video player (for example video.js or JW Player).

Playback for all Pro plan streams is delivered via a content delivery network (CDN). The transcoded video stream automatically switches between the transcoded renditions based on the viewers’ available bandwidth, device performance, and network conditions.

Non-CDN delivery for free tier users is limited to 10 viewers per account.

Look at the lastSeen and isActive (Status row on the Dashboard) values. If ingest was properly configured for playback, lastSeen will show the current date and time and isActive will be true (Status row on the Dashboard will be Active).

If this isn't the case, confirm the streamKey and RTMP ingest URL, rtmp://, are configured correctly in your broadcast software.

Lastly, check that your playback URL is correct.

You can use ?video=false at the end of an .m3u8 URL to get an audio-only stream. For example,{playbackId}/index.m3u8?video=false.