[MPlayer-users] Re: Rtsp support

Ross Finlayson finlayson at live.com
Sun Feb 16 19:33:43 CET 2003

An update on the problem that Francisco Leon noticed (failure to play an 
URL beginning "rtsp://start.real.com/").

The problem here is that this RealNetworks server behaves differently, 
depending on whether or not the client is one of theirs.  (It makes this 
determination based on a "ClientID:" RTSP header.)

If the client is not one of theirs (which is the case for "MPlayer"), this 
server fails to complete the RTSP transaction (in a non-standard way, but I 

If the client is one of theirs, this server sends back a "302 Temporary 
Relocation" response, redirecting the client to a "http://" URL, which 
MPlayer would be unable to handle anyway.  (Also, the "http://" URL points 
to content that's encoded in SMIL, not HTML.)

In any case, MPlayer would not be able to play the stream, because it 
apparently requires paid membership in "RealOne SuperPass" or "CNN NewsPass".


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