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Robert Grant
August 26th, 2014, 05:39 AM
While I've had good success streaming files from desktop and laptop computers to my Dish Hopper/Joey connected televisions using KRR, much of my video material is now from websites. For example, I'd like to stream Amazon Instant Video using KooRaRoo from Windows, Mac, or iOS computers to all my home televisions. For iOS devices I know there are cables one can purchase as well as Apple TV for WiFi streaming, but I'm wondering if KRR now has or will have this capability. Thanks for your help.

Robert Grant
September 2nd, 2014, 05:34 AM
I'm a bit concerned here about the lack of response to this question. Perhaps this question hits a nerve. Streaming video from the internet is big, really big. Streaming files off your computer is becoming old school. But there is a void that KRR can fill: enable casting of internet streaming video to any screen on a DLNA home network. Does any product currently available perform this function?

KRR Team
September 2nd, 2014, 08:20 AM
Hello Robert,

I apologize for late response. Currently Kooraroo only supports playback of the audio streams from the internet. However we have plans to add video streams support too. Thank you

-AR

Robert Grant
September 3rd, 2014, 06:44 PM
Okay, thanks for the response. I do look forward to the new features. Since I'm only familiar with adding files to my KRR server, could you please explain how to add internet audio such as Amazon music? Thank you very much.

KRR Team
September 4th, 2014, 03:41 AM
Robert,

You will need a direct URL to audio stream to get it working in Kooraroo. Since Amazon requires sign-in, this won't work, sorry.

Anyway, I'm copy pasting the corresponding paragraph from Kooraroo manual in case you need to add other streams.

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3.1.12 Online URL Properties
From the Add menu select Online URL.
The Online URL Properties dialog allows you to add an online URL to your media library. If
the online URL was already added previously, it will just be added to the current playlist.

At the moment only http audio streams are supported, but this will be expanded in future
updates.

Descriptions:
URL: Enter the full URL here - it can be a direct URL or an ASX/M3U/PLS/WPL playlist.
Title: Enter the title of the online URL here. It may be automatically parsed from the
playlist, if the playlist contain this information.
Description: Add an optional description of this online URL. You can see these
description by using the View menu. Some devices may also support showing
descriptions for files and folders.
MPAA Rating: Set this to limit devices where this online URL is displayed.
After you enter or modify the online URL, press the Test URL button. It may take a
few seconds and at the end if it succeeds, you'll see the URL and the OK button
enabled. If for some reason it fails, you'll get an error message. Please contact support
in case of an error, so that we can add support for more types of URLs.

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Hope this helps

Robert Grant
September 4th, 2014, 06:51 PM
Wow, I didn't know about this feature. I'm having trouble, though, finding a URL that will test properly. Can you suggest one, please? I've tried the url's of various music streaming services that don't require sign in. Most won't test at all. Some, like iTunes give invalid test results.

KRR Team
September 4th, 2014, 10:51 PM
Here's a URL that one of the users (phk (http://forum.kooraroo.com/member.php/357-phk)) posted recently:

http://stream.srg-ssr.ch/m/rsc_de/mp3_128

-AR

Robert Grant
September 5th, 2014, 04:09 AM
Nice. This works. Although I'm not sure if it's a recorded loop or an internet radio broadcast, it casts/plays to any device on my network (TVs with Dish Hopper/Joey and iPads with AcePlayer). I like the good fidelity with no pops and very little usage of CPU on my aging PC server. This is a great initial step toward what I feel is a very big addition to KRR: internet video streaming from any service to any screen within a home network. Thanks for the work on this.

KRR Team
September 5th, 2014, 05:27 AM
Thanks Robert. It's apparently an internet radio broadcast. For video - it's a quite challenging task, mainly because it needs to be done in tight cooperation with streaming providers. But hopefully we'll have that at some point of time.

Robert Grant
September 5th, 2014, 08:05 AM
I've since found a stream that most definitely is a live broadcast from Vermont public radio at 128k: vprclassical.streamguys.net/vprclassical128.mp3. Again I'm pleased to find that the fidelity is quite good with low CPU usage.

I've also noted that there is some transcoding going on here. Although I haven't confirmed this yet, it appears that when I stop playback, the transcoded file is stored. Pressing play then plays back the transcoded file rather than going back to the live stream. Is there a way to inhibit storing of transcoded live streams?

Robert Grant
September 5th, 2014, 05:43 PM
Also, I have set up my KRR system with XBMC (a media sever with internet video streaming capability) as a device. I am not sure how this connection was intended to be used. Is there a way to send content from XBMC to KRR which is then transcoded as necessary for the desired screen?

KRR Team
September 9th, 2014, 04:14 AM
Hello Robert,

Thank you for posting the radio station link, I'll check what's happening. What device are you using as a player?

For XBMC: I'm afraid there is no way to re-stream the content from XBMC to your player via Kooraroo (if that's what' you are trying to do). It's because Kooraroo only supports video files as the media source.

-AR

Robert Grant
September 9th, 2014, 07:49 AM
Hello AR--I'm using the Dish Hopper device profile. This produces good stereo sound, but all the audio url's, such as this one, vprclassical.streamguys.net/vprclassical128.mp3 behave like they're being played from the transcoded file queue after you press stop on the Dish media player. However, they can't be cleared using any of the methods I know of other than re-entering the url.

KRR Team
September 11th, 2014, 04:44 AM
Thank you for the information Robert, I'll return as soon as I root-cause the problem.

-AR