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6.6 APP: Application-defined RTCP packet Connected: An Internet Encyclopedia
6.6 APP: Application-defined RTCP packet

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6.6 APP: Application-defined RTCP packet

6.6 APP: Application-defined RTCP packet

    0                   1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   |V=2|P| subtype |   PT=APP=204  |             length            |
   |                           SSRC/CSRC                           |
   |                          name (ASCII)                         |
   |                   application-dependent data                 ...

The APP packet is intended for experimental use as new applications and new features are developed, without requiring packet type value registration. APP packets with unrecognized names should be ignored. After testing and if wider use is justified, it is recommended that each APP packet be redefined without the subtype and name fields and registered with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority using an RTCP packet type.

version (V), padding (P), length:
As described for the SR packet (see Section 6.3.1).

subtype: 5 bits
May be used as a subtype to allow a set of APP packets to be defined under one unique name, or for any application-dependent data.

packet type (PT): 8 bits
Contains the constant 204 to identify this as an RTCP APP packet.

name: 4 octets
A name chosen by the person defining the set of APP packets to be unique with respect to other APP packets this application might receive. The application creator might choose to use the application name, and then coordinate the allocation of subtype values to others who want to define new packet types for the application. Alternatively, it is recommended that others choose a name based on the entity they represent, then coordinate the use of the name within that entity. The name is interpreted as a sequence of four ASCII characters, with uppercase and lowercase characters treated as distinct.

application-dependent data: variable length
Application-dependent data may or may not appear in an APP packet. It is interpreted by the application and not RTP itself. It must be a multiple of 32 bits long.

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