[Icecast] Synchronize multiple clients in LAN

Adam Rosi-Kessel adam at rosi-kessel.org
Sun Oct 3 22:00:33 UTC 2004

I'm trying to use icecast to something which I would think would be
fairly common--have a single stream play in multiple locations in my
house.  The problem seems to be that the streams aren't quite sync-ed up,
so crossing between rooms can be a little jarring.

There was some discussion about this 3 years ago on this list, and the
answer seemed to be "no way to do it."  I'm wondering if anyone has any
ideas now?  Has anything changed?

I've found using mplayer -nocache on multiple systems and attempting to
start them at the same time does pretty well.  At the least, I'm
wondering if there is a tool to automate starting the clients on multiple
machines?  I could write a set of scripts, but it'd be great if it were
already done.

Also, -nocache creates its own problems if there are any LAN issues.  So
I'd like to find a better way.

Any ideas?
Adam Rosi-Kessel

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