Device Browser and Format Support

This page lists the officially supported devices, browsers and multimedia formats of the Bitmovin player. The Bitmovin player incorporates two major rendering technologies, i.e., HTML5 and Flash to allow playback on as many platforms as possible. This playback renderers are abstracted by an unified JavaScript API that allows configuration, independent on the used playback renderer (HTML5 or Flash).

The playback renderer will be automatically chosen at runtime by our player based on the device and platform capabilities. We follow an HTML5 first approach and try to use HTML5 as much as possible and only fallback to Flash if HTML5 playback is not supported. Anyway, you can always override our decision through our player API and choose the renderer that you like.


Desktop Browser Support

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Device DASH HTML5 DASH Flash HLS HTML5 HLS Flash
Chrome 1 1
Firefox 2 2
Internet Explorer 9+ 3 3
Microsoft Edge
Safari 4 4
Opera 5 5

1 Only supported on Chrome version 30+
2 Only supported on Firefox version 42+
3 Only supported on IE 11 on Windows 8+
4 Only supported on Safari version 8+
5 Only supported on Opera version 15+

All features of the Bitmovin player are available on these browsers. We utilize the browser internal video and audio decoding capabilities. Therefore we support the codecs (video and audio) that the individual browsers support. Of course this codec support various but basically you are safe with H.264/AVC video and AAC audio.


Mobile Devices

supported
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Device DASH HTML5 HLS HTML5
Chrome on Android 1
Firefox on Android 2
Safari on iOS 3
Windows Phone 4

1 Supported on Android 4.0+
2 Supported on Android 4.0+
3 Supported on iOS 3+
4 Supported on Windows Phone 8+

Mobile browsers and devices have also further limitations compared to desktop browsers:

  • Autoplay does not work on mobile devices (restriction from the Operating System)
  • If your video exceeds either 10 minutes duration or 5 MB of data in a five minute period, you are required to use HTTP Live Streaming on iOS (restriction from Apple)

If you want to get an overview of mobile devices and browser usage we recommend to take a look at the Mixpanel trends.


Streaming Devices

supported
not supported
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Device DASH HTML5 HLS HTML5
ChromeCast
Apple TV
Amazon FireTV

TVs

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Device DASH HTML5 HLS HTML5
Android TV
HbbTV 1
LG TVs 2
Samsung TVs 3

1 Supported on HbbTV version 1.5+
2 Supported on LG TVs 2016+
3 Supported on Samsung TVs 2016+

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