Internet video and audio streams

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Various internet video and audio streams can be played back in XBMC/Kodi as if they were locally stored on your media center by using STRM files. As long as the format and streaming-method (network-protocol) is supported by XBMC/Kodi, stream can be added. These are basic text files that look like <name>.strm and contain a URL to the internet stream. STRM files can also be added to the video library and can have cover art, summaries, etc.

Some internet sites may have an add-on available that can also access these media streams, rather than having to manually create STRM files. See Add-ons for more information on how to find and install add-ons.

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1 Playing Internet Streams

There are two ways this can be done, either via a custom .STRM file or a standard playlists (.PLS or .M3U).

1.1 The .STRM file method:

Create a normal text-file and rename the .txt extension to .strm then open it up with a text-editor (like Notepad in Microsoft Windows) and input the the direct URL-link of the stream.

This should look like:
http://host/path/stream
or
mms://host/path/stream
or
rtsp://host/path/stream

Other protocols are supported such as http://host/path/to/somefile.mp3. Then save/copy the .strm file to somewhere where you can open it from XBMC/Kodi, (like on a SMB/SAMBA, XBMS or UPnP share, or just your local hard drive), like you would with any video/audio file. Open it using play in XBMC/Kodi under Videos (if it is a video stream) or Music (if it is an audio stream). If the video stream does not work then the URL-link could be wrong, or possibly the codec/format or the network-protocol it uses it not supported by XBMC/Kodi.

If you are creating a list of playlists (for example internal and external Shoutcast streams), save the pls or strm files into a directory accessible by XBMC/Kodi and add the directory as the source, not the files themselves.

1.2 The standard playlists (.PLS or .M3U) method:

Download a supported playlist (like .PLS or .M3U) file from the internet, (these playlist files can often be found on the website of the web-radio stations or TV web-casts websites). For example stream.pls or something else, (you can rename it to whatever you want but keep the same extension). Then save/copy the file to somewhere where you can open it from XBMC/Kodi, like you would with any video/audio file. You should be able to play the file in XBMC/Kodi by selecting it ether from Videos -> Files or from the Music "file mode".

If the video stream does not work then the URL-link could be wrong, or possible the codec/format or the network-protocol it uses it not supported by XBMC/Kodi. You can check and edit playlists with a normal text-editor (like Notepad in Microsoft Windows) and see what the URLs look like.

2 Adding STRM files to the library

You can associate meta-data, such as cover art and summaries, to a .strm file just like normal entries in a library by using an NFO file, just as you would for a normal video file.

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