This specification defines a Media Source Extensions byte stream format specification based on MPEG-2 Transport Streams.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

This specification defines segment formats for implementations that choose to support MPEG-2 Transport Streams (MPEG-2 TS) specified in ISO/IEC 13818-1.

It defines the MIME-type parameters used to signal codecs, and provides the necessary format specific definitions for initialization segments, media segments, and random access points required by the byte stream formats section of the Media Source Extensions spec. This document also defines extra behaviors and state that only apply to this byte stream format.

2. MIME-type info

The MIME-type/subtype pair of "video/MP2T", as specified in RFC 3551, MUST be used for byte streams that conform to this specification.

This following parameters can be used in the MIME-type passed to isTypeSupported() or addSourceBuffer().

A comma separated list of codec IDs used to specify what codecs will be used in the byte stream. Implementations SHOULD accept IDs in the form specified by RFC 6381.
Implementations MAY only implement a subset of the codecs and profiles mentioned in the RFC.

3. General Transport Stream Requirements

MPEG-2 TS media and initialization segments MUST conform to the MPEG-2 TS Adaptive Profile (ISO/IEC 13818-1:2012 Amd. 2).

The user agent MUST run the append error algorithm with the decode error parameter set to true if any of the following conditions are met:

  1. Segments do not contain complete MPEG-2 TS packets.
  2. Segments do not contain complete PES packets and sections.
  3. Segments contain more than one program.
  4. At least one MPEG-2 TS packet has a non-zero transport_error_indicator.

4. Initialization Segments

An MPEG-2 TS initialization segment consists of a single PAT and a single PMT.

The user agent MUST run the append error algorithm with the decode error parameter set to true if any of the following conditions are met:

  1. A PAT is not present in the initialization segment
  2. A PMT is not present in the initialization segment

The user agent MUST accept and ignore other SI, such as CAT, that are invariant for all subsequent media segments.

The user agent MUST source attribute values for id, kind, label and language for AudioTrack, VideoTrack and TextTrack objects as described for MPEG-2 Transport Streams in the in-band tracks spec [INBANDTRACKS].

5. Media Segments

The user agent MUST run the append error algorithm with the decode error parameter set to true if any of the following conditions are met:

  1. A media segment relies on initialization information in another media segment.
  2. At least one PES packet does not have a PTS timestamp.
  3. PCR is not present in the Segment prior to the first byte of a TS packet payload containing media data.
The user agent will accept and ignore PSI that is identical to the information in the last initialization segment which may appear repeatedly throughout the segment.

6. Random Access Points

A random access point as defined in this specification corresponds to Elementary Stream Random Access Point as defined in ISO/IEC 13818-1.

7. Timestamp Rollover & Discontinuities

Timestamp rollovers and discontinuities MUST be handled by the UA. The UA's MPEG-2 TS implementation MUST maintain an internal offset variable, MPEG2TS_timestampOffset, to keep track of the offset that needs to be applied to timestamps that have rolled over or are part of a discontinuity. MPEG2TS_timestampOffset is initially set to 0 when the SourceBuffer is created. This offset MUST be applied to the timestamps as part of the conversion process from MPEG-2 TS packets into coded frames for the coded frame processing algorithm. This results in the coded frame timestamps for a packet being computed by the following equations:

        Coded Frame Presentation Timestamp = (MPEG-2 TS presentation timestamp) + MPEG2TS_timestampOffset
        Coded Frame Decode Timestamp = (MPEG-2 TS decode timestamp) + MPEG2TS_timestampOffset

MPEG2TS_timestampOffset is updated in the following ways:

8. Conformance

As well as sections marked as non-normative, all authoring guidelines, diagrams, examples, and notes in this specification are non-normative. Everything else in this specification is normative.

The key words MAY, MUST, and SHOULD are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

9. Acknowledgments

The editors would like to thank Alex Giladi, Bob Lund, David Singer, Duncan Rowden, Glenn Adams, Mark Vickers, and Michael Thornburgh for their contributions to this specification.

A. References

A.1 Normative references

S. Bradner. Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels. March 1997. Best Current Practice. URL: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2119

A.2 Informative references

Bob Lund; Silvia Pfeiffer. Sourcing In-band Media Resource Tracks from Media Containers into HTML. URL: http://dev.w3.org/html5/html-sourcing-inband-tracks/