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March 16th, 2009, 06:02 AM

I've been trying to create a custom rss feed for a television station in Denmark and I'm having some difficulty streaming their wmv content. Each time a try to play a stream, I recieve the following error in the debug log.
"ERROR: Open - error probing input format, http://wms.dr.dk/nas01/auto/cms/Resources/dr.dk/MAKodet/2009/02/bc2982d0-0ca6-429e-bbf7-e258fb8c8b58/2484595_lifs_BONDEROEVEN_SAESON_2__819.wmv?MSWMExt =.asf"

The stream plays fine in vlc and media player.

I've tried to stream some of my own wmv files without any problems and tried to change the MIME type without any luck.
Any users or devs have any idea of what could be wrong?

Thanks in advance

March 18th, 2009, 03:42 PM
These are my findings so far (no solution yet!). Example of the generated xml file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<rss xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" version="2.0">
<title>DR.DK WebTV - Troldspejlet</title>
<description>Program oversigt for Troldspejlet</description>
<pubDate>18-03-2009 20:12:02</pubDate>
<description>Danmarks Radio</description>
<title>Troldspejlet 20090314-klippet_sovs2</title>
<description> Nyt fra fantasiens verden i film, spil, tegneserier og boeger. </description>
<pubDate>2009-03-14 @ 12:10</pubDate>
<media:thumbnail url="http://www.dr.dk/NR/rdonlyres/01057F2F-E5CE-42FA-8E1A-47865E32D770/1192460/troldspejlet.jpg" />
<media:content url="http://wms.dr.dk/nas01/auto/cms/Resources/dr.dk/NETTV/DR1/2009/03/025ccc1a-312a-4335-af22-a6c36889ded6/Troldspejlet20090314.wmv" type="video/x-ms-asf" duration="1000000" />

Boxee just tries to play the file and returns instantly. I've also tried to inlude the enclosure tag - same result. I've also tried to change http to mms (it originally is a mms feed), but then boxee crashes. And last but not least, I've tried all the different content types suggested in this forum - no luck. Anyone else been fooling around with mms based wmv streams and got it to work? I just need to be able to play the following url - can't quite figure out why this is so difficult. Works like a charm in standalone players


Could it be a bug in boxee?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!


March 23rd, 2009, 08:33 AM
...thread turning into more of a worklog, than a question/discussion.

Anyway - I've researched the matter further and found out, from the VLC debug log, that it too has problems playing the stream, eventually succeeding. Here's the complete log from pressing play to actual streaming (http://www.sovs.net/public/vlclog.log).

At one point it logs
avcodec warning: Physical channel configuration not set : guessing

I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the actual stream (or maybe just the audio channel).

I also suspect that there may be a command set that may not be implemented in Boxee, which prevent it to play this particular wmv stream (or from that particular streaming system).

Still looking for solution (and eagerly waiting for new release tomorrow).

March 25th, 2009, 09:25 AM
i hope you succeed with this.

Kasper from Tommerup, Fyn

March 27th, 2009, 02:30 PM
Well - at this point I'm waiting for the XUL-browsing feature in the new API which should be released the 6th. The RSS feed approach is feasible, but one of 2 things must be fixed. Either DR.dk changes their streaming server to a more 'friendly' streaming paradigm or Boxee improves the tolerance of the current player used. Let's see what happens the next 2-4 weeks. Hopefully one way or the other will pan out.

April 1st, 2009, 04:00 PM

I tried playing the above stream with mplayer but failed. Is it geo locked? please send me a link which can be played with mplayer and I'll look into it.


April 1st, 2009, 06:10 PM
Ah... yes. Unfortunately it is geo locked. I'll see what i can do...

April 4th, 2009, 08:18 PM
I've made a similar RSS feed for an Icelandic TV station, however they are not geolocked like DR (the Danish one).

Here is an example of one of the feed items: http://http.0.muli.rs.ruv.is/video.ruv.is/4456571$1.wmv

I get the same behavior as described above in Boxee if I try to play this within Boxee.

April 5th, 2009, 05:56 AM
Well the actual mms streams are not geo locked, they just get deleted after a while. I've sent a couple of links to yuvalt and maybe he can help us out.

May 23rd, 2009, 07:47 AM
Just wanted to let you guys know that I have been playing around with a application for dr.dk TV, but im getting the same problems with the streams :S

Here a excample from my log:
13:34:32 T:53091840 M:121647104 NOTICE: Parsing ASX
13:34:32 T:53091840 M:121663488 INFO: Adding element Velkommen til 21 Søndag, mms://WMSC.dr.dk/storage/Auto/ODPNyheder/tva/tva210020090419.wmv?WMContentBitrate=1024000
13:34:32 T:53091840 M:121380864 NOTICE: DVDPlayer: Opening: mms://WMSC.dr.dk/storage/Auto/ODPNyheder/tva/tva210020090419.wmv?WMContentBitrate=1024000
13:34:32 T:53091840 M:121376768 WARNING: CDVDMessageQueue::Put MSGQ_NOT_INITIALIZED
13:34:32 T:54209024 M:121901056 NOTICE: Creating InputStream
13:35:32 T:51982848 M:121688064 NOTICE: ES: Client from timed out
13:35:47 T:54209024 M:121946112 ERROR: MMS: error connecting socket: 60
13:35:47 T:54209024 M:121966592 ERROR: Open - failed to open source <mms://WMSC.dr.dk/storage/Auto/ODPNyheder/tva/tva210020090419.wmv?WMContentBitrate=1024000>
13:35:47 T:54209024 M:121966592 ERROR: CDVDPlayer::OpenInputStream - error opening [mms://WMSC.dr.dk/storage/Auto/ODPNyheder/tva/tva210020090419.wmv?WMContentBitrate=1024000]

Im testing on ATV Boxee newest version.
Hopefully Boxee will accept these streams in the future :)

May 24th, 2009, 05:45 AM
I was hoping that the new version would have magically fixed the issue - No fix yet. If anyone wants to fool around with this issue, you can use my rss feed. It's a little slow, since I have to parse the dr.dk website manually.


Just click on a show to see the rss content with wmv urls.

September 7th, 2009, 01:33 PM
Ok - so dr.dk has finally provided rss feeds for all their content - and they conform nicely to the boxee scheme - it works perfectly in boxee, so go nutz :)


September 13th, 2009, 06:00 PM
You couldn't by any chance put your feed back online? It was better then DR's own, to be honest (it was better arranged and had more content :)), or could you explain how you made it?