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some streaming internet radio not playing
#1
My internet provider offers quiet a number of internet radio stations quota free, which I play through XBMC using standard m3u and PLS playlist files for each station.

All stations use either shoutcast MP3 or windows media MMS.

Problem is whilst most radio stations play fine no problem.There are around 4 stations which fail to load with an error or load and play fine fine except I can't hear any audio at all for these stations. These problem stations use MP3 and WMA format and all have no problem playing on a standard windows based machine.

Sound setup in HTPC is:

Standard PCI-e low profile sound card using optical out to amplifier.
And custom hardware and passthrough setting. plughw:1,1
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#2

  1. Which version of XBMC are you running?
  2. Are you able to play these stations outside of XBMC (e.g., via web browser or another media app)?
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#3
(2012-05-08, 01:17)artrafael Wrote:
  1. Which version of XBMC are you running?
  2. Are you able to play these stations outside of XBMC (e.g., via web browser or another media app)?

XBMC version: xbmcbuntu 11.0
These stations have no problem playing using various media players on a widows based operating system.

The problem is playing these selected stations using XBMC where they either fail to load or load fine but audio can not be heard.
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#4
What are the addresses of these problematic streaming stations?
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#5
(2012-05-08, 07:04)artrafael Wrote: What are the addresses of these problematic streaming stations?

They are provided from my service provider. They actually rebroadcast the streams from other providers. So if your not using this service provider you will probably not be able to access the streams.

I can't complain to the service provider that they don't work since they work fine on windows media players fine. Just seems weird that 4 out of the 300 odd different stream refuses to play correctly, No mater what version of XBMC I use they all exhibit the exact same problem.
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#6
Hmm, I wonder if this problem is related to the problem you reported in this thread?

Another thought: When I was using Dharma, I had problems playing some streaming stations that would play fine via the web browser or VLC, Totem, etc. I solved the problem by using creating a playercorefactory.xml file and specifying that DVDPlayer rather than PAPlayer is to be used to play streams. No guarantees that it'll do anything for your situation, but it's simple enough to implement, so you may want to give it a try. Create a file in your userdata directory called playercorefactory.xml and include the following (if you already have a playercorefactory.xml, then just add this rule to your existing file):
Code:
<playercorefactory>
  <rules action="append">
   <rule name="river" internetstream="true">
      <rule name="audio/mpeg" mimetypes="audio/mpeg" player="DVDPlayer" />
    </rule>
  </rules>
</playercorefactory>
If it doesn't do anything for you then just blow away this file (or delete this rule if you have a pre-existing playercorefactory.xml file).
By the way, this problem went away for me in Eden, so I no longer need to use this file to listen to my previously problematic stations.
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#7
Thanks for the reply. Game the playercorefactory.xml file a try. but it made no difference. Both XBMC Openelec and XBMCbuntu Eden both experience the same problem of being unable to play selected internet radio stations.


I have attached my debug log file for XBMC so that may shed further light on the problem.

Errors for each station in debug log file attached.

1) mms://mms.iinet.net.au/radio_seniors - Loads fine. No audio can be heard.
2) http://radio1.internode.on.net:8000/179
3) eg http://iiradio.iiNet.net.au:8040/ - "One of more items failed to play. Check log file for details"
http://iiradio.iiNet.net.au:8048/ - "One of more items failed to play. Check log file for details"
3) http://iiradio.iinet.net.au:8052/ - plays fine no problem.


View XBMC debug log file
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#8
There's already an open bug about it (so at least you won't feel alone in your misery ...): http://trac.xbmc.org/ticket/11737
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