Understanding multimedia redirection for Azure Virtual Desktop

Important

Multimedia redirection on Azure Virtual Desktop is currently in preview. See the Supplemental Terms of Use for Microsoft Azure Previews for legal terms that apply to Azure features that are in beta, preview, or otherwise not yet released into general availability.

Multimedia redirection (MMR) gives you smooth video playback while watching videos in a browser in Azure Virtual Desktop. Multimedia redirection redirects the media content from Azure Virtual Desktop to your local machine for faster processing and rendering. Both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome support this feature.

Note

Multimedia redirection isn't supported on Azure Virtual Desktop for Microsoft 365 Government (GCC), GCC-High environments, and Microsoft 365 DoD.

Multimedia redirection on Azure Virtual Desktop is only available for the Windows Desktop client, version 1.2.3573 or later. on Windows 11, Windows 10, or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise devices.

The preview version of multimedia redirection for Azure Virtual Desktop has restricted playback to sites we've tested.

Websites that work with multimedia redirection

The following list shows websites that are known to work with MMR. MMR works with these sites by default.

  • AnyClip
  • AWS Training
  • BBC
  • Big Think
  • Brightcove
  • CNBC
  • Coursera
  • Daily Mail
  • Facebook
  • Fidelity
  • Flashtalking
  • Fox Sports
  • Fox Weather
  • IMDB
  • Infosec Institute
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • Microsoft Learn
  • Microsoft Stream
  • Pluralsight
  • Reddit
  • Reuters
  • Skillshare
  • The Guardian
  • Twitch
  • Udemy
  • UMU
  • U.S. News
  • Vidazoo
  • Vimeo
  • Yahoo
  • Yammer
  • YouTube (including sites with embedded YouTube videos).

Microsoft Teams live events aren't media-optimized for Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 when using the native Teams app. However, if you use Teams live events with a supported browser, MMR is a workaround that provides smoother Teams live events playback on Azure Virtual Desktop. MMR supports Enterprise Content Delivery Network (ECDN) for Teams live events.

The multimedia redirection status icon

To quickly tell if multimedia redirection is active in your browser, we've added the following icon states:

Icon State Definition
The MMR extension icon greyed out, indicating that the website can't be redirected or the extension isn't loading. A greyed out icon means that multimedia content on the website can't be redirected or the extension isn't loading.
The MMR extension icon with a red square with an x that indicates the client can't connect to multimedia redirection. The red square with an "X" inside of it means that the client can't connect to multimedia redirection. You may need to uninstall and reinstall the extension, then try again.
The MMR extension icon with no status applied. The default icon appearance with no status applied. This icon state means that multimedia content on the website can be redirected and is ready to use.
The MMR extension icon with a green square with a play button icon inside of it, indicating that multimedia redirection is working. The green square with a play button icon inside of it means that the extension is currently redirecting video playback.
The MMR extension icon with a green square with telephone icon inside of it, indicating that multimedia redirection is working. The green square with a phone icon inside of it means that the extension is currently redirecting a WebRTC call.

Selecting the icon in your browser will display a pop-up menu where it lists the features supported on the current page, you can select to enable or disable multimedia redirection on all websites, and collect logs. It also lists the version numbers for each component of the service.

You can use the icon to check the status of the extension by following the directions in Check the extension status.

Support during public preview

If you run into issues while using the public preview version of multimedia redirection, we recommend contacting Microsoft Azure support.

Next steps

To learn how to use this feature, see Multimedia redirection for Azure Virtual Desktop (preview).

To troubleshoot issues or view known issues, see our troubleshooting article.

If you're interested in video streaming on other parts of Azure Virtual Desktop, check out Teams for Azure Virtual Desktop.