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wthom100
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Radio Stations That Buffer And "Play" But No Sound

Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:17 am

Perhaps some of you have experienced this issue. On my soundbridge radio I have 2 examples of stations that when "tuned-in" they buffer okay and the display on the radio shows the name of the station. However there is no sound - just silence. Radio stations WBT and WBZ exhibit this condition on my Soundbridge radio. The stations were added to my favorites from the Rokuradio database.

Is this an issue with the URL, or with the radio station? WBZ used to come in okay but over the last several days there is no sound. I have never been able to get sound from WBT.

Just wondering what could be going on -

cheers -
 
gcd0865
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Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:55 am

I've noticed a few of these as well. One possibility is that the station is either blacking-out commercials, due to contractual requirements, causing a minute or two of silence, before the main program comes back on. Another possibility is that certain programs in their entirety are prohibited from being included on a station's internet stream, due to contractual requirements or because the program streams from its own separate website, sometimes on a paid subscription basis. Major League Baseball games are (supposed to be, and usually are) blacked out from their affiliate stations' internet streams, as are some syndicated talk show hosts (like Jim Rome and Michael Savage). When this is the case, sometimes the station's stream plays repeats of other programming and sometimes it plays dead air. Checking back after an hour or two can find that a live stream has returned.

Otherwise, it's also possible that the stream url is obsolete, but still playing a blank feed. Checking WBZ specifically, the Radio Roku database has five different urls that it goes through when trying to stream the station:

http://provisioning.streamtheworld.com/ ... DIALUP.pls
http://provisioning.streamtheworld.com/ ... DIALUP.asx
http://tuner1.dc1.sonixtream.com/playli ... zWBZAM.asx
http://www.wbz.com
mms://bdcast-infinity-wbz-am.wm.llnwd.n ... ity_WBZ-AM

#1 and #2 work fine, as they are the two new url formats recently adopted by CBS stations nationwide. #4 shouldn't even be there, since it's the station's main website. #3 and #5 are obsolete CBS url formats that will never be used again, but interestingly, #3 plays a short 64 kbps advertisement fragment that could perhaps prevent feeds #1 and #2 from playing. In this case, it's probably a good idea to purge #3, 4 and 5 from the database.
 
wthom100
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Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:38 am

Thanks for the reply - yeah I thought it might be a commerical or something but I kept the station on for over 5 minutes just to see with no results. I'll try WBZ again as this station seems to come and go - thanks for the links.

WBT to me appears to be a lost cause (at least from the Roku database URL's) - it never broadcasts anything - I've tried this station almost everyday for a month and it is always silent (maybe its really a "numbers station" used by spy's to communicate with each other - you can sometimes hear these sort stations on shortwave radio).

cheers 8)
 
gcd0865
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Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:48 pm

WBT is playing fine on my SoundBridge, using the following url from the Radio Roku database:
http://wmc1.liquidcompass.cc/wbt

So is WBZ, using http://provisioning.streamtheworld.com/ ... DIALUP.pls

Don't really know what to say. Do you have the most recent SoundBridge firmware upgrade?
 
wthom100
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Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:20 am

WBZ working again!! WBT still silent (as always).

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