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M3USstream No Longer Plays on VLC?

M3USstream No Longer Plays on VLC?

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Question: VLC is an excellent media player which can play multiple videos, like the PLS, XSPF, WVX, CONF, ASX, IFO, CUE, and others. However, as the long time VLC user, always have been a fan. I find I can’t play the M3Uon VLC smoothly? What’s happening? VLC doesn’t support the M3U videos any more?

Trouble: Yesterday I went to open m3U videos like always and it wouldn’t play on VLC.

Stream address:

Errors: "Your input can’t be opened:


http error: failed to read answer
access_mms error: cannot connect to
http error: cannot connect to
access_mms error: cannot connect to
core error: open of `’ failed

Syetem: Windows 10 Pro Version 1703

Can’t Play the M3U Videos on VLC?

We all now the M3U file extension is an Audio Playlist file that stands for MP3 URL, and as such, isn’t an actual audio file in and of itself. An M3U file just points to audio (and sometimes video) files so that a media player can queue them for playback. These text-based files can contain URLs and/or absolute or relative pathnames to the media files and/or folders. VLC really can’t play the M3U videos, the best way it to convert the M3U to VLC supported video formats, like the H.265, MP4, WMV, etc. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate can help you to finish the heavy task.

You can install this software on PC and Mac which can support the windows and mac OS, including the latest windows 10 and macOS High Sierra. With the user-friendly interface, you can load the M3U videos to it and chosoe the VLC support videos, like the MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI, FLV, etc. You also can add the folder with multiple video files and do batch video conversion, with the the high stability, you don’t worry about the interruption issue.

Except the abundant video formats, you also can get the best videos by adjusting the video parameters, for example: You can adjust the video codec and audio codec when you meet the codec incompatibility issue, you also can upscale the HD videos to 4K videos for playing the 4K videos on VLC, you even can compress the 4K videos to HD video for VLC.

How to Play the M3U Videos on VLC Smoothly

1. Load the M3U videos to this video converter by clicking File, you also ca drag the videos to this software directly. You can add the folder to do the batch video conversion. At the preview window, you can enjoy the videos firstly.

2. Choose the videos formats by clicking Format button, you may find various videos at here, like the common video, HD video, 3D videos, etc. At the same time, you also can find many aduio files, like the P4, WAV, AAC, etc. You can choose one VLC supported videos from them.

3. If necessary, you can click the Setting and enter the video setting window, you can adjust the video and audio related parameters, you also can keep all the video setting as the output. Then go back to the main interface and click the Convert button to start the M3U to VLC video conversion.

h.265 mp4 output format

Other Solution: Get Best VLC Alternatives for Playing M3U Videos

There are many excellent media player which can lay the M3U videos well, you can choose one and install it on PC, following we want to recommend them for you:

M3U Player

For Windows users which a professional M3U media player, you can also can play other videos on it. M3U players will also offer users the possibility to export their playlists to other formats. You can have a try.

Windows Media Player

As the Windows local media player, Windows Media Player does the remarkable job on the video playback. You can install the Windows Media Player 12/11/10/9/Windows Media Player for Windows XP/ Windows Media Player 7, they all can play the M3U video well.


As one of the free M3U media player, MediaPlayerLite is free and open source based on the Media Player Classic. You can open M3U files on Windows XP, Vista & 7 without the need of codec packs. Music playlists (mpl and m3u) can also be created, making it easy to open albums


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