There are three different modes of transporting the stream to the player.
|Standard input pipe||This is the default behaviour when there are no other options specified.|
|Named pipe (FIFO)||Use the :option:`--player-fifo` option to enable.|
|HTTP||Use the :option:`--player-http` or :option:`--player-continuous-http` options to enable.|
This is a list of video players and their compatibility with the transport modes.
|Name||Stdin Pipe||Named Pipe||HTTP|
|Daum Pot Player||No||No||Yes |
|MPC-HC||Yes ||No||Yes |
|VLC media player||Yes ||Yes||Yes|
|||(1, 2) :option:`--player-continuous-http` must be used. Using HTTP with players that rely on Windows' codecs to access HTTP streams may have a long startup time since Windows tend to do multiple HTTP requests and Livestreamer will attempt to open the stream for each request.|
|||Stdin requires MPC-HC 1.7 or newer.|
Some versions of VLC might be unable to use the stdin pipe and prints the error message:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'fd://0'
Use one of the other transport methods instead to work around this.
Known issues and workarounds
MPC-HC reports "File not found"
Upgrading to version 1.7 or newer will solve this issue since reading data from standard input is not supported in version 1.6.x of MPC-HC.
MPC-HC only plays sound on Twitch streams
Twitch sometimes returns badly muxed streams which may confuse players. The following workaround was contributed by MPC-HC developer @kasper93:
To fix this problem go to options -> internal filters -> open splitter settings and increase "Stream Analysis Duration" this will let ffmpeg to properly detect all streams.
Using :option:`--player-passthrough hls <--player-passthrough>` has also been reported to work.
MPlayer tries to play Twitch streams at the wrong FPS
This is a bug in MPlayer, using the MPlayer fork mpv instead is recommended.
VLC hangs when buffering and no playback starts
Some versions of 64-bit VLC seem to be unable to read the stream created by rtmpdump. Using the 32-bit version of VLC might help.