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How to stream video and audio from SkyDrive on Windows Phone

In this post I will explain how to stream video and audio files from SkyDrive in MediaElement control or MediaPlayerLauncher. If you ever tried to play your media files from SkyDrive in your WP7 application using Live Connect API, you will probably get error message like “3002 AG_E_NOT_FOUND” or “Sorry, we can’t open this file on your phone“:



What is happening?

If you try to open your media file by pasting url in your desktop browser, you will notice that file url has format like:

But, when your default player starts streaming (e.g. Windows Media Player), you can see in playing file properties that it’s location is different; url is redirected to other location like:

On Windows Phone, for security reasons, the Silverlight runtime restricts access to certain classes of URLs classes in the System.Net and System.Windows.Controls namespace. These restrictions are designed to prevent networking threats (for example, threats based on a Silverlight application run from an internet server getting access to resources on a local intranet server). This means that MediaElement won’t redirect passed Source Uri value to other url address, and you will get error mentioned above. And this is not problem only with SkyDrive. You can experience this problem on other web-based hosting services.

The trick is to get second url by component that is not affected by this restriction, which is in our case WebBrowser control. All you have to do is to put WebBrowser control to your XAML page, set Visibility to Collapsed, and add handler to Navigated event:

<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="Transparent" Margin="12,0,12,0">
 <MediaElement Name="movie" AutoPlay="True" Stretch="Uniform" />
 <phone:WebBrowser Name="webBrowser" Navigating="webBrowser_Navigating" Visibility="Collapsed" /> 

Navigating event occurs every time before the WebBrowser control navigates to a new document. So, we only have to get uri when event triggers second time, and then set MediaElement Source property to that value, or launch MediaPlayerLauncher:

private void webBrowser_Navigating(object sender, NavigatingEventArgs e)
    if (e.Uri.ToString() != file.Source)
        e.Cancel = true;
        if (launchInControl)
            movie.Source = e.Uri;
        else {
            MediaPlayerLauncher mediaPlayerLauncher = new MediaPlayerLauncher();
            mediaPlayerLauncher.Media = e.Uri;
            mediaPlayerLauncher.Controls = MediaPlaybackControls.All;

And that’s it. Streaming will start. Happy coding.

Complete working zip solution can be downloaded from here (don’t forget to put your app client ID in MainPage.xaml).



  1. james
    April 25, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    can show me the step how to do it?

  2. JD
    May 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Does not seem to work witn .mp4 videos, will only start playing after all video downloaded. Any idea why?

  3. Tandy Leimbach
    December 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Your style is unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this page.

  4. April 10, 2013 at 2:57 am

    how would you do this in the background audio agent? I wasn’t able to instantiate a WebBrowser control, and I have my playlist full of redirected uris. i’m currently attempting to handle this by issuing a HEAD request and getting the resulting uri but it’s a pain!!

  5. Bev
    May 15, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Hello there, You’ve done an excellent job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they’ll be benefited from this

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