Known Issues with Media File Types

Applies To: Windows Home Server 2011

The media streaming feature of Remote Web Access uses Windows Media Player 12 Network Sharing Service. Remote Web Access media streaming supports the audio, video, picture file types that are supported by both Windows Media Player 12 and Silverlight 4.

The following table lists file types (formats) that are supported by Remote Web Access media streaming. If there are media file types on your server that are not included in the table, you cannot stream them through Remote Web Access media streaming.

File type (format) File extension

3GPP files

.3gp, .3gpp, .3g2, and .3gp2

Audio Data Transport Stream (ADTS) audio files

.adts and .adt

AU audio files

.au and .snd

Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) audio files

.aif, .aifc, and .aiff

AVCHD files

.m2ts, .m2t, and .mts

CD audio disk


DVD-Video disk


JPEG picture files


Microsoft Recorded TV Show

.dvr-ms, .wtv

MP3 audio files

.mp3 and .m3u

MPEG video files

.mpeg, .mpg, .m1v, .mp2, .mpa, .mpe, .mp2v, .mpv2, .mp4, .mp4v, .m4v, .m4a, and .mov

MPEG-2 TS files

.tts and .ts

Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) audio files

.mid, .midi, and .rmi

Windows audio and video files

.avi and .wav

Windows Media audio and video files

.asf, .asx, .wax, .wm, .wma, .wmd, .wmp, .wmv, .wmx, .wpl, and .wvx


If you cannot use a file type that is listed in this table, the file may also be encoded with a codec that is not supported by Windows Media Player.

For additional information about supported file formats, see Information about the Multimedia file types that Windows Media Player supports ( and Supported media formats, protocols, and log fields for Silverlight (