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    Absolute Radio FLAC streams not working

    Hi

    I am trying to get the FLAC streams from Absolute radio to work on a new Windows 10 Pro desktop with LMS 7.7.5. The lower quality URLs work, such as AAC+ 128k:
    http://network.absoluteradio.co.uk/c...s?service=achq

    But the corresponding Ogg Flac stream does nothing:
    http://network.absoluteradio.co.uk/c...pls?service=ac

    I am just entering the URL in the "Tune in URL" box in LMS. Any ideas why it doesn't work?
    FWIW, I am streaming iPlayer BBC3 FLAC without problems via Triode's plugin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbl View Post
    Hi

    I am trying to get the FLAC streams from Absolute radio to work on a new Windows 10 Pro desktop with LMS 7.7.5. The lower quality URLs work, such as AAC+ 128k:
    http://network.absoluteradio.co.uk/c...s?service=achq

    But the corresponding Ogg Flac stream does nothing:
    http://network.absoluteradio.co.uk/c...pls?service=ac

    I am just entering the URL in the "Tune in URL" box in LMS. Any ideas why it doesn't work?
    FWIW, I am streaming iPlayer BBC3 FLAC without problems via Triode's plugin.
    BBC R3 Flac is DASH Flac so it is totally different to Ogg/Flac and will not work for Absolute.

    AFAIK LMS is not setup to play OGG/Flac - you would need custom tyopes and convert conf files with a 3rd party player to convert.

    What player do you use to test the ogg/flac stream actually works ?

    Can ffmpeg (aka avconv) play this stream for you ?

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    Just checked.

    LMS 7.9.* (and I think 7.8 ) has ogg Flac setup as type 'ogf'

    Check yout WebUI Setting/Advanced/FileTypes to see if you have entries for "Ogg FLAC"
    Last edited by bpa; 2017-08-19 at 10:13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpa View Post
    Just checked.

    LMS 7.9.* (and I think 7.8 ) has ogg Flac setup as type 'ogf'

    Check yout WebUI Setting/Advanced/FileTypes to see if you have entries for "Ogg FLAC"
    I upgraded to 7.9.0 and as you say the Ogg Flac filetypes are there. FLAC->flac/fac, and Ogg FLAC->Native.
    But unfortunately it still doesn't work. I haven't tested the streams - not even sure how to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbl View Post
    I upgraded to 7.9.0 and as you say the Ogg Flac filetypes are there. FLAC->flac/fac, and Ogg FLAC->Native.
    What player are you using ?
    Are you sure the player supports ogg flac natively.

    But unfortunately it still doesn't work. I haven't tested the streams - not even sure how to!
    According to this page (which I presumed you used to get the links ) it says use VLC

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpa View Post
    What player are you using ?
    Are you sure the player supports ogg flac natively.



    According to this page (which I presumed you used to get the links ) it says use VLC
    Ah, im using 3 SB3s, can try VLC later. But in general I want to use the SB3s..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbl View Post
    I upgraded to 7.9.0 and as you say the Ogg Flac filetypes are there. FLAC->flac/fac, and Ogg FLAC->Native.
    But unfortunately it still doesn't work. I haven't tested the streams - not even sure how to!
    Silly thought: have you tried disabling the Ogg Flac - Native, so that any ogg-flac file is decoded to FLAC in LMS?

    Though, looking at the convert.conf, I suspect it might be more complicated than that, for URL streams.
    Last edited by JohnB; 2017-08-19 at 12:12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbl View Post
    Ah, im using 3 SB3s, can try VLC later. But in general I want to use the SB3s..
    Well SB3 cannot do ogg flac native which means it will be transcoding.

    You could enable player.source logging to INFO to determine what is happening / failing when trying to play the stream.

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    i haven't been able to receive the Absolute Radio flac streams for a few months. I went through the measures that have been suggested here without success. I came to the conclusion that they had ceased to provide these streams but not bothered to update their "where to hear us" pages. I could be wrong?

    Edit: Seems they have now updated their "How to Listen Pages"

    https://absoluteradio.co.uk/listen/

    and flac doesn't appear their explicitly as it used to do but suggest listening in Radioplayer, where I can see this URL in the page Source Info:

    http://tx.sharp-stream.com/http_live...Key:1503206909
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    I am using the URLs listed here which includes FLAC streams. It does say at the bottom that it is a trial
    https://absoluteradio.co.uk/listen/links/

    The FLAC streams don't work in VLC (64bit) either ...

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