STREAM LISTENING HELP

 

THE BASICS: This page features some of the most common issues that may arise when trying to listen to a stream on the net. Sometimes the basics are easy to overlook. Please make sure that you are connected to the Internet and that your speaker volume is up. If you are using external speakers or headsets, make sure they are turned on and plugged into the computer. Also please check to make sure the radio station has not made changes to their website. Sometimes they may for example change where they place the player button on the page or move the player altogether.  Finally it's very important to clear your browser cache regularly to keep your system running well.  You can find more information about that below under BROWSER CACHE.

 

QUICK FIX: Sometimes networks, routers and computers simply get gummed up and can be cleared with a simple reboot. (Rebooting just means shutting off your computer and restarting it).  If you have a modem, router and computer turn all of them off, wait for one minute.  Then power them up again in this sequence: 1) Power up modem and wait for a couple minutes. 2) Power up the router and wait for a minute or two. 3) Re-start your computer.  If you're on a corporate, educational or government network check with your IT person.

 

MOBILE APPS: If your station is using a smart phone app on i-Phone, Android, Windows, Blackberry etc. make sure you have the latest version available. Run your app updater or download the newest version. Please note that mobile streaming can also be affected by things like the load on your cellular network and location at certain times of day.

 

MOBILE DEVICES:  If you are using an Apple iOS or Android phone or tablet device you must click the play button on the player(s) in order to launch them. Also in order to change the volume on mobile devices you must use the device volume control.  This is not a problem on the player it has to do with agreements between mobile device manufacturers, cell carriers and HTML5 developers.  HTML5 is so new there is no set standard. When one becomes available we will update our player systems to add those features on mobile devices.  Depending on your connection speed it may take a moment for the stream to begin to play, give it a few moments if it does not start immediately.  If you are using an older Android device please note that due to early development issues between the Android hardware and operating systems in some cases you may have problems streaming content playback.  Also please note that if an audio or video plays first you may be required to click the player after the audio or video message plays in order to launch the live stream.  Apple iOS does not support Flash.  If the stream player you are attempting to access is streaming in Flash format and will not play, our stations are also provided with alternative Mobile Play buttons which will work.  Some of our stations use FLASH players and may not have updated to our latest HTML5 player technology.  If that is the case you would need to listen from their alternate mobile stream button, a station app or see if the station is listed on the TUNE IN RADIO  app which you can download free by clicking here.

 

BROWSER ISSUES:   Browsers are software programs like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox that are used to browse the world wide web. They require plug-in software which may be required to play audio or video streaming content. Many of our station streams playback using HTML5 technology which does not require  browser plug-ins.   However some of our clients may be using Flash players on their websites which do require an Adobe Flash Player plug-in.  In that is the case, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE MOST CURRENT VERSION  OF ADOBE FLASH PLAYER INSTALLED ON YOUR BROWSER. You can check by clicking here. You can find both Flash, Windows Media plug ins and others for Firefox browser by clicking here.  In some cases you may also need a Windows Media plug-in.  If you're using  Firefox on a PC you can get it by clicking here. Flash plug-in support for other platforms like Mac and Linux can be found here.  Make sure to completely quit and restart your browser after any plug-in installation.

 

BROWSER CACHE:  Cache memory in your browser is temporary memory that the browser uses to retain things like images and other types of web files.  They can build up and slow down your system.  It is a good practice to clear your browser cache often. If you are not familiar with how to do that click here to learn more.  Finally, after you have cleared your cache remember to completely close and quit your browser, then restart it again.  This will refresh your browser software. Then, go back to the station website and try to launch the stream.  Finally always make sure your system and browser software are up to date.  You can run Windows Update in your PC or Software Update on your Mac.   If you have a browser that is not working while other browsers do work, the issue is most likely an extension or plug-in conflict within that browser.  Sometimes when you get multiple extensions or plug-ins running in a browser they can interfere with each other or incoming data streams.  Try removing your extensions and plug-ins, clear your browser cache, reboot your computer and launch the stream player again.

 

SAFARI (WINDOWS VERSION) It appears that Apple has discontinued support for the Windows version of Safari.  If you are using Safari on a PC and are having problems listening to streaming content, we suggest you use a different browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer.

 

INTERNET EXPLORER ISSUES: Some known issues with Internet Explorer may be solved by checking to see if you have a small icon in the URL line that looks like a broken piece of paper.  That is the IE compatibility icon.  Click that and see if your player begins to play. 

In Windows 8.1, go to the small gear icon on the top right corner of the window in IE, click it and a pop down menu will open.  Scroll down to "Compatibility View Settings". (You should be on the window with the player in it when you do this.)  Then click the "Add" button and then the "Close" button. That should cause the page to refresh and the player to play.  HTML5 is ever evolving new technology and as newer releases of browser software come out we are constantly updating our systems to keep up with these advancements. 

Other issues with IE include software applications (like add-on messenger services or toolbars) that can take over and control certain aspects of Internet Explorer. If you notice problems with streaming playback using Internet Explorer, you may want to reset it to the manufacturer settings. 99% of the time this will fix any issues with IE. 1. Click Tools 2. Then Internet Options 3. Advanced Tab 4. Click reset and reset again. 

 

POP UP BLOCKING: Pop-up blocking programs can also block the player because some players function as a pop-up window. You may need to disable your browsers pop up blocker to allow the player to launch correctly.

 

FIREWALLS: Firewalls, especially government, or corporate firewalls, will often restrict streaming to conserve bandwidth. If your system is behind a firewall, please contact your IT person or network administrator and ask them to open up your firewall to allow your system to access this stream via port 80 or verify that they allow streaming media to be played over the network at all. Many institutions such as schools, hospitals, government, military and other organizations block or limit streaming content. If you have access to your firewall, consult its log files to see if it allows different stream protocols (MMS/HTTP). Please note - Most off the shelf hardware firewalls such as D-Link, Netgear, and Linksys etc. will usually not block the streaming media. Most software firewalls will block access to streaming media. If you think this is the case, turn off the firewall and try to connect to the stream. If you are able to stream then you'll need to review your help files for opening your software firewall for streaming media.

 

ANTI VIRUS: Virus protection software such as Norton Anti Virus, McAfee and Zone Alarm have certain configurations that interfere with streaming media. If you think your virus protection is blocking your stream, turn off virus protection and try to access the stream. If that works, then check to see that your virus protection software is not blocking web page plug-ins, ActiveX controls, or streaming protocols (HTTP/MMS). Please check your anti virus settings to see what is actually being blocked. Also check to see if streaming ports are being blocked by watching your anti virus log files. First open your log files (be sure virus protection is turned on) and then connect and try to open the player. Then check the virus log files to see if anything is being blocked.

 

BLOCKED PROGRAMMING & ADS: Some stations block commercials and/or some programs, this is normal. When this happens, the player may launch but there is nothing there to hear during that time frame. Please check to make sure that programming is actually airing at that time on the Internet. Also some commercials may be blocked due to legal restrictions on the Internet. If the audio drops during those times, you may need to wait a few minutes for the commercials to run on the air (which is being blocked on the Internet) before the regular programming resumes.

 

LOCAL ISP AND INTERNET ISSUES: Sometimes your local ISP (Internet Service Provider) may be having issues. Please make sure your connection speed is correct. You can go here to test it. http://www.speedtest.net Choose a server closest to your area and note the download speed. Speeds will vary from area to area and with the type of account you have, such as Cable or DSL. Some cable Internet providers share connections with your neighbors which can affect your speed depending on how many people are connected in your neighborhood. Sometimes they can remotely reboot your modem or check for troubles. Please contact your ISP for help or more information if you think you are having issues in this area. Sometimes the Internet itself can have issues such as failed nodes or network switching. Usually these types of problems will resolve within an hour or two, if such is the case, just wait a while and try listening again later. Also in some cases closed networks like AOL and their browser or network can interferes with stream playback.

 

TRAVEL: If you are traveling and experience troubles listening from a hotel or office away from home, you may find that connection speeds or Wi-Fi networks may not be consistent or fast enough to listen to a stream.  Try to find a direct Ethernet connection for best results.  Also many local area networks and  Wi-Fi routers may have speed, connectivity and/or firewall issues and they can interfere with your ability to listen depending on your location.

 

(C) 2013 Broadcast Matrix Note: We do not provide listener technical support, this is for informational purposes only.