Implement event listeners and callbacks

Last update: 2023-10-02

Event handlers enable you to respond to TVSDK events.

When an event occurs, TVSDK’s event mechanism calls your registered event handler, passing it the event information.

TVSDK defines listeners as public internal interfaces inside the MediaPlayer interface.

Your application must implement event listeners for any TVSDK events that affect your application.

  1. Determine which events your application must listen for.

    • Required events: Listen for all playback events.


      Listen for the status change event, which occurs when the player’s status changes in ways that you need to know. The information it provides includes errors that might affect what your player can do next.

    • For other events, depending on your application, see events-summary .

  2. Implement and add an event listener for each event.


    For most events TVSDK passes arguments to the event listeners. Such values provide information about the event that can help you decide what to do next. The MediaPlayerEvent enumeration lists all the events that MediaPlayer dispatches. For more information, see events-summary .

    For example, if mPlayer is an instance of MediaPlayer, here is how you might add and structure an event listener:

    mPlayer.addEventListener(MediaPlayerEvent.STATUS_CHANGED, new StatusChangeEventListener() {
        public void onStatusChanged(MediaPlayerStatusChangeEvent event) {
            if (event.getMetadata() != null) {/* Do something */}
            if (event.getStatus() == MediaPlayerStatus.IDLE) {/* Do something */}
            else if (event.getStatus() == MediaPlayerStatus.INITIALIZED) {/* Do something */}
            else if (event.getStatus() == MediaPlayerStatus.PREPARED) {/* Do something */}

Order of playback events

TVSDK dispatches events/notifications in generally expected sequences. Your player can implement actions based on events in the expected sequence.

The following examples show the order of some events that occur during playback.

When successfully loading a media resource through MediaPlayer.replaceCurrentResource, the order of events is:

  1. MediaPlayerEvent.STATUS_CHANGED with status MediaPlayerStatus.INITIALIZING

  2. MediaPlayerEvent.STATUS_CHANGED with status MediaPlayerStatus.INITIALIZED


Load your media resource on the main thread. If you load a media resource on a background thread, this operation or subsequent operations might throw an error, such as MediaPlayerException, and exit.

When preparing for playback through MediaPlayer.prepareToPlay, the order of events is:

  1. MediaPlayerEvent.STATUS_CHANGED with status MediaPlayerStatus.PREPARING

  2. MediaPlayerEvent.TIMELINE_UPDATED if ads were inserted.

  3. MediaPlayerEvent.STATUS_CHANGED with status MediaPlayerStatus.PREPARED

For live/linear streams, during playback as the playback window advances and additional opportunities are resolved, the order of events is:

  1. MediaPlayerEvent.ITEM_UPDATED
  2. MediaPlayerEvent.TIMELINE_UPDATED if ads were inserted

Order of advertising events

When your playback includes advertising, TVSDK dispatches events/notifications in generally expected sequences. Your player can implement actions based on events within the expected sequence.

When playing ads, the order of events is:


The following events are dispatched for every ad within the ad break:

  • MediaPlayerEvent.AD_BREAK_START
  • MediaPlayerEvent.AD_START
  • MediaPlayerEvent.AD_PROGRESS (multiple times)
  • MediaPlayerEvent.AD_CLICK (for each click)
  • MediaPlayerEvent.AD_COMPLETE
  • MediaPlayerEvent.AD_BREAK_COMPLETE

The following example shows a typical progression of ad playback events:

mediaPlayer.addEventListener(MediaPlayerEvent.AD_RESOLUTION_COMPLETE, new AdResolutionCompleteEventListener() {
        public void onAdResolutionComplete() { ... }

mediaPlayer.addEventListener(MediaPlayerEvent.AD_BREAK_START, new AdBreakStartedEventListener() {
        public void onAdBreakStarted(AdBreakPlaybackEvent adBreakPlaybackEvent) { ... }

mediaPlayer.addEventListener(MediaPlayerEvent.AD_START, new AdStartedEventListener() {
        public void onAdStarted(AdPlaybackEvent adPlaybackEvent) { ... }

mediaPlayer.addEventListener(MediaPlayerEvent.AD_PROGRESS, new AdProgressEventListener() {
         public void onAdProgress(AdPlaybackEvent adPlaybackEvent) { ... }

mediaPlayer.addEventListener(MediaPlayerEvent.AD_COMPLETE, new AdCompletedEventListener() {
         public void onAdCompleted(AdPlaybackEvent adPlaybackEvent) { ... }

mediaPlayer.addEventListener(MediaPlayerEvent.AD_BREAK_COMPLETE, new AdBreakCompletedEventListener() {
         public void onAdBreakCompleted(AdBreakPlaybackEvent adBreakPlaybackEvent) { ... }

Below event is for tracking ad clicks.

mediaPlayer.addEventListener(MediaPlayerEvent.AD_CLICK, new AdClickedEventListener() {
         public void onAdClicked(AdClickEvent adClickEvent) { ... }

Order of DRM events

TVSDK dispatches digital rights management (DRM) events in response to DRM-related operations such as when new DRM metadata becomes available. Your player can implement actions in response to these events.

To be notified about all DRM-related events, listen for MediaPlayerEvent.DRM_METADATA. TVSDK dispatches additional DRM events through the DRMManager class.

Order of loader events

TVSDK dispatches MediaPlayerEvent.LOAD_INFORMATION_AVAILABLE when loader events occur.

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