Networked Video

As more and more media moves onto the Internet, it makes sense for Android to have good support for playing it back, which it does. For the remainder of this chapter, we'll explore the details of what is supported in terms of protocols and video formats, and how to harness network video.

Supported Network Video Types

Android currently supports two different protocols for network delivered video.


The first is media delivered via standard HTTP. As HTTP is broadly supported across networks and doesn't typically have problems with firewalls as other streaming protocols have had, a large amount of media is available in this manner. Media delivered via HTTP is commonly referred to as progressive download.

Android supports on-demand ...

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