[icecast] Icecast2 and TiVo
Adam D. Ligas
adam at physco.com
Thu Aug 21 06:41:30 UTC 2003
As some of you may or may not know, TiVo recently came out with an optional
software package for their Series2 TiVo units. They call it "Home Media
Option" and, among other things, it lets you play mp3s on your TiVo.
So, some clever folks figure out that if you fed your TiVo and m3u playlist
that pointed to an Internet stream, it would play that stream for you. Very
So I decided to take it one step further. I installed a radio card and sound
card into my server. The radio card goes into my sound card, and DarkIce
grabs that data and sends it to an Icecast2 server (I installed from the
nightly snapshop on 8-16-2003). Additionally, I wrote some PHP that runs a
command line tuner and changes the station based on the "playlist" you pick.
Now I can get local radio on my TiVo :).
When I connect to the Iceast2 stream with Winamp, all is well. It works
perfectly. However, when I connect to it with the TiVo, I get a different
response. The TiVo "play" icon flashes back and forth from Green to Yellow
rapidly. This never stops.
I thought this might of had something to do with how the streaming works on
TiVo's side, so I decided to connect to another stream with the same bitrate
over the Internet. The TiVo connects and plays fine - no flashing "play"
icon. I thought this was odd because my local lan is way faster then my
internet conenction, so for it to work online and not locally seemed really
TiVo doesn't really define what the "yellow" icon means. As best I can tell,
from playing other mp3s and streams, it means the TiVo is buffering, waiting
for data from the network, or the stream has stopped.
Even more odd is that even with the flashing "play" icon, the TiVo is playing
the stream perfectly fine. The sound is coming out without a skip or anything.
Why I am trying to fix it when it works, you might ask, is because as long as
that icon is flashing the "play" bar won't go away. Meaning if I left it on
for long periods of time it would burn into my screen. Needless to say, that
I thought this might have been a simple buffer sort of thing - maybe I could
just increase the buffer for the stream on the Icecast2 server - but I didn't
see anything in the icecast.xml file, nor could I find any information on it
So, I'm stumped. Does anyone have any idea what is going on, or have some
things I could try? I would really love to get this working, and then
eventually get it out there for others to use once I polish it up and document
Thanks a lot for any assistance you can provide - I really appreciate it.
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