Playlist Providers Page

Updated: June 10, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

Web Playlists supports developer extensibility. This makes it possible for you to write custom providers. For example, you can create a custom provider that parses URL modifiers to create additional client playback constraints on media assets referenced in Web playlists, or you can create a custom provider that parses cookies to deliver a playlist of media assets that are customized to user interests. There are many additional scenarios that can be implemented through custom providers for Web Playlists. For more information, see Extending Web Playlists through Custom Providers.

Use the Playlist Providers feature page to manage the custom providers that you create. You can sort the list by clicking one of the feature page column headings or group similar items by selecting a value from the Group by drop-down list.

UI Element List

The following tables describe the UI elements that are available on the feature page and in the Actions pane.

Feature Page Elements

Element Name Description


Displays the file name extension for which the Web Playlists handler will process a response. By default, Web Playlists handles Web playlists (files that have .isx file name extensions); therefore, the .isx file name extension is not displayed.


Displays the description of the custom playlist provider, which briefly describes what the custom provider does for easy identification and recognition.

Program ID

Displays the Component Object Model (COM) program ID (ProgID) in the custom provider code that Web Playlists uses to detect and load the custom provider at runtime.

Actions Pane Elements

Element Name Description


Opens the Add Playlist Provider dialog box that you can use to add your custom provider.

Return To Playlists

Returns to the Playlists feature page.

See Also


Add Playlist Provider Dialog Box