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For years, I've been able to use Quicktime to play live HLS video streams such as http://hls.twit.tv/flosoft/mp4:twitStream_720/playlist.m3u8. I open Quicktime, go to File -> Open Location, and paste the URL.

After upgrading to Sierra, streams such as the above example no longer play.

Did Apple remove this feature in Sierra, or is there something else I'm doing wrong? Are there any types of live streams that Quicktime still natively supports? Is this just a bug that's likely to get fixed? I can't find actual documentation on this anywhere.

  • I don't think so. developer.apple.com/streaming What about in web browsers, does that also not work for you? – kal-al Jan 23 '17 at 19:59
  • Works fine in Safari once I enable the plugin. Works fine on my iPhone too. – Wowfunhappy Jan 24 '17 at 15:54
  • It works for me. I have macOS Sierra 10.12 Beta (16A313a). QuickTime plays the video (right now it shows something about kickstarter). – Mateusz Szlosek Jan 24 '17 at 18:43
  • @MateuszSzlosek Huh. I don't know what's happening to me then, but clearly support still exists in Sierra. Thank you. If you put this into an answer, I will accept it. – Wowfunhappy Jan 25 '17 at 1:59
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I have macOS Sierra 10.12 Beta (16A313a) and it seems, that Apple has fixed the issue.

I can't find release notes or something like this to point on exact QuickTime version, where this was fixed.

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Just tried here using your link with QuickTime player on latest Sierra 10.12.3, and video indeed does not play.

Strangely - I get the audio only. I tried to use HTTPS instead of HTTP, but then I got an error "cannot parse". from QuickTime

In VLC I see the stream immediately, so that rules out Firewall issues.

So for now, I confirm that QuickTime is broken for HLS playback.

  • Strange thing is that I'm not getting audio either (just "The Operation Could Not Be Completed"). Combine that with Mateusz's answer that it works... this whole situation is really weird." – Wowfunhappy Jan 28 '17 at 4:24
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I didn't try QuickTime, but the URL you provided works fine with VLC:

  1. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
  2. After installation, choose File -> Open Network
  3. paste in your URL.

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