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bitmovin-player-android-samples

This repository contains sample apps using the Bitmovin Player Android SDK.

Table of Content


Available Sample Apps

Every example is available in Java and Kotlin 👍

Basics

  • BasicPlayback: Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be setup for basic playback of DASH, HLS or progressive streams.
  • BasicPlaylist: Shows how to play back multiple sources / playlists.
  • BasicMetadataHandling Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be setup and configured for playback of content which contains metadata.
  • BasicPlaybackTV Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be setup for basic playback in an Android TV application.
  • Logging Shows how logging can be enabled in different Bitmovin Player components individually.

DRM

  • BasicDRMPlayback: Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be setup and configured for playback of Widevine protected content.

Offline Playback

  • OfflinePlayback Shows how the Bitmovin Android SDK can be used to download DRM-protected and unprotected content for offline playback.

Playback & Casting

  • BasicCasting Shows how the ChromeCast support of the Bitmovin Player can be setup and configured.
  • BackgroundPlayback Shows how background playback can be implemented for the Bitmovin Player.
  • BasicVrPlayback Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be setup and configured for playback of VR content.
  • BasicPiPHandling Shows how the BitmovinPlayerView can be configured to allow the Picture in Picture mode.
  • BasicControlNotification Shows how the BitmovinPlayerNotificationManager can be used to show playback control notifications.
  • BasicMediaControl Shows how the BitmovinPlayerNotificationManager can be used to connect to Android's system media controls.
  • BasicLowLatencyPlayback Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be setup to playback streams in low latency mode.
  • CustomAdaptation Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be setup to implement custom adaptation behavior.

Advertising

  • BasicAds Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be setup and configured for playback of ads.
  • CompanionAds Show how the Bitmovin Player can be setup and configured to show companion ads.

UI & Subtitles

  • CustomUi Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be setup and configured to be controlled by a custom native UI.
  • CustomUiSubtitleView Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be used with the native BitmovinSubtitleView.
  • CustomHtmlUi Shows how the Bitmovin Player can be setup and configured to use a custom HTML UI. In addition this sample includes how to communication between the javascript UI and the native code.
  • BasicFullscreenHandling Shows how a simple FullscreenHandler can be implemented and configured on the Bitmovin Player

Sample Apps Setup Instructions

  1. Add your Bitmovin Player License Key - In each sample app you have to add your Bitmovin Player license key inside the application tag in the manifest file as shown below. YOUR_LICENSE_KEY has to be replaced by your own license key.

    <meta-data
       android:name="BITMOVIN_PLAYER_LICENSE_KEY"
       android:value="YOUR_LICENSE_KEY" />
    
  2. Allow-list your package names for your player license - In addition to that you have to log in to https://bitmovin.com/dashboard where you have to add the following package names of the sample applications as allowed domains under Player -> Licenses:

     com.bitmovin.player.samples.playback.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.playlist.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.drm.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.metadata.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.ads.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.ads.companion
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.casting.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.vr.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.custom.ui
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.custom.ui.subtitleview
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.fullscreen.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.custom.ui.html
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.offline.playback
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.pip.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.notification.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.mediacontrol.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.playback.background
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.tv.playback.basic
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.playback.lowlatency
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.custom.adaptation
     com.bitmovin.player.samples.logging
    

How to integrate the Bitmovin Player Android SDK

Project Requirements

Starting with version 2.16.0 our SDK is using Java 8, so your application must enable Java 8 support. This can be done by adding following code to your applications build gradle:

```
compileOptions {
        sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
        targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
    }
```

Using The Bitmovin Player Android SDK

When you want to develop an own Android application using the Bitmovin Player Android SDK follow these steps:

  1. In the manifest file of your application also provide your Bitmovin Player license key by adding a meta-data tag inside the application tag. YOUR_LICENSE_KEY has to be replaced by your own license key. Your player license key can be found when logging in into https://bitmovin.com/dashboard and navigating to Player -> Licenses. There you also have to add the package name of the Android application which is using the SDK as an allow-listed domain. The package name is defined in the manifest file of your Android application.

    <meta-data
            android:name="BITMOVIN_PLAYER_LICENSE_KEY"
            android:value="YOUR_LICENSE_KEY" />
    
  2. Make sure to add the INTERNET permission, which is required by the SDK, to the manifest file of your application

    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
    
  3. Add a link to our release repository to your applications build.gradle file. In addition to that, the google maven repository must be added.

    allprojects {
        repositories {
            google()
            mavenCentral()
    
            maven {
                url 'https://artifacts.bitmovin.com/artifactory/public-releases'
            }
        }
    }
    
  4. Add the Bitmovin Player Android SDK as a dependency to your project. It is recommended to reference a specific version as you can see below:

    implementation 'com.bitmovin.player:player:3.29.0'
    

Additional SDK dependencies

  1. Chromecast Support - If you want to use the Chromecast feature, add the following dependencies to your project:

    implementation 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-cast-framework:21.2.0'
    implementation 'androidx.mediarouter:mediarouter:1.3.1'
    implementation 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.5.1'
    

    Furthermore, the BitmovinCastOptionsProvider and the ExpandedControllerActivity must be declared in the <application> tag of the AndroidManifest.xml. For more details see the BasicCasting sample application.

     <activity
             android:name="com.bitmovin.player.cast.ExpandedControllerActivity"
             android:launchMode="singleTask"
             android:screenOrientation="portrait"
             ... >
     </activity>
    
     <meta-data
             android:name="com.google.android.gms.cast.framework.OPTIONS_PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME"
             android:value="com.bitmovin.player.cast.BitmovinCastOptionsProvider"
             />
    
  2. Advertising Support - If advertising support should be enabled, also add the following dependencies to your project:

    implementation 'com.google.ads.interactivemedia.v3:interactivemedia:3.29.0'
    implementation 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads-identifier:18.0.1'
    

    And update the manifest file with an Ad Manager tag:

    <meta-data
            android:name="com.google.android.gms.ads.AD_MANAGER_APP"
            android:value="true"/>
    

    Alternatively, you can use an AdMob App ID tag, as shown below:

    <meta-data
            android:name="com.google.android.gms.ads.APPLICATION_ID"
            android:value="--Your-AdMob-Id--"/>
    
  3. Offline Playback Support - If the Bitmovin Android SDK is used to download content for offline playback, the following dependency has to be added:

    implementation 'androidx.localbroadcastmanager:localbroadcastmanager:1.0.0'
    

    In addition, also add the permission for checking the network state. If targeting Android SDK version 33+ the permission for posting notifications has to be added as well:

    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.POST_NOTIFICATIONS"/>
    
  4. Player Notification - Beginning with Android 13, a permission is needed for posting notification. This means that if the PlayerNotificationManager is used, like in the Background Playback sample,the post notification permission has to be added when targeting SDK version 33+:

    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.POST_NOTIFICATIONS"/>
    

    Additionally the permission also has to be requested at runtime. This is explained in the official Android docs.

Proguard Configuration

When using Proguard, we recommend doing no further optimization nor code obfuscation for symbols contained in the package com.bitmovin.player. This can be achieved by adding following Proguard rules to your project.

#### Bitmovin
-keep class com.bitmovin.player.** { *; }
-keep interface com.bitmovin.player.** { *; }

The Bitmovin Player Android SDK logs against a logging facade (SLF4J). In order to be able to compile successfully with proguard enabled, the following line must be added to the proguard file:

-dontwarn org.slf4j.**

Documentation & Release Notes

  • Documentation for your IDE - Our release repository also holds a .jar containing the javadoc for the player, as well as the source code of the api package. If AndroidStudio is used, the documentation and sources should be downloaded and included automatically .
  • Android API Reference documentation - You can find the latest one here
  • Android SDK Release Notes can be found here

Support

If you have any questions or issues with this SDK or its examples, or you require other technical support for our services, please login to your Bitmovin Dashboard at https://bitmovin.com/dashboard and create a new support case. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible 👍

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