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Flash Media Server 4.5: HLS and Applications Interaction

Feb 24, 2012 4:53 AM

Tags: #hls #4.5 #fms_4.5



We are deploying FMS 4.5 on our farm and we thought that all the business rules at our FMS applications would be reused on connections from iDevices (HLS). This has not happened.


Is there any way to reuse the business rules which are on our FMS applications and access plugins to HLS content delivery? We mean business rules as geolocation authorization, hash check and lock services.

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    Feb 25, 2012 4:29 AM   in reply to flaviornb

    Did not get clearly when you say business rules - are you saying that some features which work in FMS dont work for HLS ? If that's the case then it migth be expected - HLS is Apache based service - it does not directly interact with FMS except for getting source for streaming.


    I thin if you can elaborate giving us one example of what were you expecting to work and is not working - that might help us to answer better.

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    Feb 27, 2012 3:17 AM   in reply to flaviornb


    something similiar i have discussed on this forum, here:


    I think you must write an iOS app for all your needs and try to solve this outside FMS - in your apache to be more concrete.


    For authentication, we've tested this:
    - adding basic user/pass authentication to the location hls-live (in httpd.conf)

    - viewing the stream through browser via https://user:pass@name-of-the-server/..../..m3u8

    (user/pass sent encrypted via https, you need a certificate on the server to do all this)


    That way, only authenticated user will view the stream.

    (did it for the hds-live also)


    not sure if this will work with iOS app though... my best guess is - it would.


    I think that nothing you have server side as a asc script for rtmp will work for http streaming, someone correct me if i'm wrong...


    I REALLY hope that some next version will include anything related to HLS protection in this context.

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    Feb 27, 2012 7:19 AM   in reply to nnmk

    Hi nnmk - thanks for sharing this info - its really helpful. I agree it would nice which is something in build which would help users to authenticate by default. I'll try to take this forward.

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