Topic: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

NPR Newscast Stream is not working, but NPR Newscast is!
Does anyone else have this problem?
I have 2, Ironforge Chumbys that work very well otherwise. They both have this same problem.
I've tried to get the stream on both WiFi and Ethernet-connected. 'same thing is happening on both Chumbys - NPR Newscast Stream is not working, but NPR Newscast is.
What code is necessary for NPR Newscast Stream to work?
How do I check/fix the various scripts for NPR Newscast Stream?

Thanks, everyone for your help!

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

OK. It's been 3 days and 57 views of my question. It seems that no one else is having the same problem as I.

How do I check/fix the various scripts for NPR Newscast Stream?
How does one program the Chumby anyway?
Is there a serial connection?

Where will I find answers to the above questions? Please be specific.
Thank you!

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

The best place to look for inside info about the chumby is the wiki (wiki.chumby.com).  It has links the development tools, examples of creating widgets, and hacks - including how to SSH into the device and do whatever you want.

In the case of the NPR Newscast stream, the URL is fetched from one of our servers.  These URLs frequently change, and I have a console to update it.

If you have the direct URL for the current location of the stream (either MP3/Ogg, or the PLS/M3U), then I'd be happy to update it on the server, and all you'd have to do is reload Blue Octy Radio to get it (as will everyone else).

If you don't feel like sharing, you can also add the Newscast URL (or any other working MP3/Ogg stream URL) to "My Streams".

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

Hi Duane,
Thank you for responding.
How is it that my NPR Newscast Stream is not working, but the NPR Newscast is? Will it have something to do my not paying $3/mo for a couple of months, then starting to pay again? Both the NPR Newscast Stream and the NPR Newscast worked before I stopped paying. Now only one works!
Is there some sort of factory-default settings-thing I must do to get everything back? Or what?
I'm sorry, I do not have the direct URL for the current location of the stream.
Thanks again!

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

rickmcdougald wrote:

OK. It's been 3 days and 57 views of my question. It seems that no one else is having the same problem as I.

Mine isn't working either

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

rickmcdougald wrote:

Hi Duane,
Thank you for responding.
How is it that my NPR Newscast Stream is not working, but the NPR Newscast is? Will it have something to do my not paying $3/mo for a couple of months, then starting to pay again? Both the NPR Newscast Stream and the NPR Newscast worked before I stopped paying. Now only one works!
Is there some sort of factory-default settings-thing I must do to get everything back? Or what?
I'm sorry, I do not have the direct URL for the current location of the stream.
Thanks again!

It has nothing to do with the subscription - that only applies to widgets and does not affect anything related to the music services.  It's simply coincidence.

Presumably, despite the similar names, the two NPR streams are in fact different - one is working, one is apparently broken at the source.  It wouldn't be the first time.

Restoring factory settings on the device will have no effect because the URL is stored on the server, not the device.

I will take a look to see if I can find a working stream URL.

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

I appreciate all that you do to keep up with the Chumbysphere.

Owner of 7 Chumby type units. 3 Sony Dash, 2 Info 8, 2 Info 3.5, and 1 C1.

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

demarks51 wrote:

I appreciate all that you do to keep up with the Chumbysphere.

Indeed!  Thank you Duane & team!

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

I've been trying to locate a clean MP3 or AAC stream for this with no avail.

The PLS is....

https://www.npr.org/streams/aac/live1_aac.pls

.. which generates...

[playlist]
NumberOfEntries=1
File1=https://nprdmp-live01-aac.akacast.akamaistream.net/7/91/364917/v1/npr.akacast.akamaistream.net/nprdmp_live01_aac
Title1=NPR 24 Hour Program Stream

...and the embedded stream URL results in a redirect to...

https://edge11475.icecast.akadns.net/7/91/364917/v1/npr.akacast.akamaistream.net/nprdmp_live01_aac?akacasthops=1

....which generates an SSL certificate error.

Converting to http, keeps redirecting from URL to URL, incrementing the hop count, and eventually resulting in a 404.

The web audio player at...

https://www.npr.org/2016/04/05/472557877/npr-program-stream

...does things a bit different...

The player fetches...

https://nprsxsw-lh.akamaihd.net/i/prog24_1@348758/index_256_a-p.m3u8?sd=10&rebase=on

which generates something like:

#EXTM3U
#EXT-X-TARGETDURATION:10
#EXT-X-ALLOW-CACHE:YES
#EXT-X-VERSION:3
#EXT-X-MEDIA-SEQUENCE:156192163
#EXTINF:10.000,
https://nprsxsw-lh.akamaihd.net/i/prog24_1@348758/segment156192163_256_a-p.ts?sd=10&rebase=on
#EXTINF:10.000,
https://nprsxsw-lh.akamaihd.net/i/prog24_1@348758/segment156192164_256_a-p.ts?sd=10&rebase=on
#EXTINF:10.000,
https://nprsxsw-lh.akamaihd.net/i/prog24_1@348758/segment156192165_256_a-p.ts?sd=10&rebase=on

These are "MPEG Transport Streams", but I cannot seem to get anything but a 404, but in any case, I'm not sure whether the Chumby audio player can handle them.

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

Doing some quick googling, this issue appears to affect other devices in addition to the chumby.

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

Hi Blue Octy,
It sounds like a challenge!
The NPR Newscast Stream used to be one of my favorite "Channels" on my Chumby. I hope you're not going to give up on it.
Thank you!

Re: NPR Newscast Stream on Blue Octy Radio Not Working

There's a program stream at https://nprsxsw-lh.akamaihd.net/i/prog2 … aster.m3u8
(linked off of https://www.npr.org/2016/04/05/47255787 … am-stream)  The stream is chunked into TS files -- this is HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) format.