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HLS Playback Support

Support for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) across platforms.


There are a few ways that a web browser (or web video player) may support HLS playback.

Natively via the element.

This is currently limited to Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge browsers. However, this is the only way to use HLS (and adaptive streaming in general) on Mobile Safari, the iOS browser.

<video src="myHLS.m3u8"></video>


The Media Source Extensions (MSE) have been introduced to browsers to support adaptive streaming. MediaSource allows JavaScript to fetch and feed video data into a video element, as opposed to the browser fetching the video data. This allows the Javascript to fetch different versions of the video depending on the bandwidth of the viewer (i.e. adaptive streaming).


Flash is steadily losing popularity as major browser drop support for Flash plugins, however it can still be used to play HLS content on browsers that don't support MediaSource and still maintain a user base. Specifically Internet Explorer 8-10. Check your own website analytics for IE 8-10 usage to see if Flash HLS support is necessary, and keep in mind that these versions are also popular for bots and spam.

Web Browser Support





31+ via MediaSource

Firefox (Desktop)

42+ via MediaSource

Firefox (Mobile)

42+ via MediaSource

Safari (Desktop)

6.0+ Native support
8.0+ Via MediaSource

Safari (Mobile)

3.0+ Native support (only)
No MediaSource support.

The lack of MediaSource support means HLS is the only adaptive format supported Safari on iOS.

Microsoft Edge (Desktop + Mobile)

12+ Native support
12+ via MediaSource

MS Internet Explorer

11+ (Windows 8+ only) via MediaSource
8+ via Flash

Android Browser

4.0+ Native support
4.4.4+ via MediaSource


Web Players/Javascript Libraries




JavaScript library specifically for playing HLS with the element in browsers that support MediaSource. (No player chrome)


Free & open source web video player, that supports HLS via plugins.


HLS is supported in all packages. HLS support powered by HLS.js.

Brightcove Player

HLS supported by default. Built on Video.js.

Bitmovin Player

HLS supported by default.

Cast Labs PRESTOplay

HLS supported by default.


HLS supported by default. The player chrome is built on Video.js, but the HLS support is custom.


Supported via an additional plugin using HLS.js.

Comcast Technology Solutions (CTS) Player (thePlatform PDK)

HLS supported by default.

Azure Media Player

HLS supported by default. Built on Video.js.

Mobile Platforms

Mobile Platform



iOS (Apple)


Supported natively.


4.1+ via ExoPlayer
3.0+ via MediaPlayer API

Use ExoPlayer, unless you absolutely require older Android support, but beware that this is fraught with issues.


TV Platforms




SDK Version 2.6+

Chromecast (Google)

HLS is available through the Media Player Library, or you can use your own player library.

Samsung Tizen

HLS support via the AVPlay API

WebOS (LG TVs)

HLS is supported by default.


Updated 5 months ago

HLS Playback Support

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