Listening to and recording audio and video streams with MPlayer

Most streaming audio and video on the Internet is disseminated in proprietary formats such as RM, RAM, WMV, and ASF. Fortunately, the open source application MPlayer can play and even record streams in almost any format.

MPlayer supports RTSP, MMS, HTTP (progressive) and other streaming URLs, as well as direct playback from the URLs. Such URLs may look something like these: