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Is there something wrong with this stream?

ebisumartin
Banshee list,

It seems previous problems I had with internet radio streams are
working better now, which is making me much more happy in using
Banshee. Thanks to the developers for their work on this.

However, while some of my radio streams are rock solid, such as those
from SomaFM or Digitally Imported, others are still balking. So I
wondered if maybe there was something wrong or incompatible about the
format of the stream itself.

For example, this radio stream from the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation (CBC), never works:

http://playerservices.streamtheworld.com/pls/CBC_R2CLAS_H.pls

And it seems that none of their streams do (though I haven't tried
every single one):

http://misener.org/archives/1266

After I add them to my list of stations, when I click to play them,
they wait a few seconds and then say "idle". Sometimes, the green
"play" triangle flicks back and forth between "pause" and "play" for a
while, as if it is almost connecting, but then it eventually gives up
and goes idle.

Is there a reason why these streams might not be working for me?

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Martin
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Re: Is there something wrong with this stream?

Bertrand Lorentz
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On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 3:28 AM, Martin G <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Banshee list,
>
> It seems previous problems I had with internet radio streams are
> working better now, which is making me much more happy in using
> Banshee. Thanks to the developers for their work on this.

I don't think we changed anything related to radio streams between
your two message. I guess the servers for your streams were just in
better shape.
But, thanks to the work of Olivier, I've just committed a patch that
makes Banshee retry if a query for a playlist times out:
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=662909
This change is only available on git master, not in the 2.4 release.

> However, while some of my radio streams are rock solid, such as those
> from SomaFM or Digitally Imported, others are still balking. So I
> wondered if maybe there was something wrong or incompatible about the
> format of the stream itself.
>
> For example, this radio stream from the Canadian Broadcasting
> Corporation (CBC), never works:
>
> http://playerservices.streamtheworld.com/pls/CBC_R2CLAS_H.pls
>
> And it seems that none of their streams do (though I haven't tried
> every single one):
>
> http://misener.org/archives/1266
>
> After I add them to my list of stations, when I click to play them,
> they wait a few seconds and then say "idle". Sometimes, the green
> "play" triangle flicks back and forth between "pause" and "play" for a
> while, as if it is almost connecting, but then it eventually gives up
> and goes idle.
>
> Is there a reason why these streams might not be working for me?

If I fetch the playlist manually (with wget for example), the .pls
file is downloaded fine. But all the streams listed in it return the
following HTTP error if I try to download them:
ERROR 403: Forbidden
There's not much Banshee can do here...

Other streams from the CBC listed at http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Radio
work fine, so maybe they've implemented some access restrictions on
the ones listed in that web page.
The web site does mention that some stations are restricted to Canada:
http://music.cbc.ca/#/faq/faq.aspx

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Bertrand Lorentz
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