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Can I use VLC to watch Internet TVs?

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hi experts

i am wondering if i can use VLC media player to watch some well-known English TV channels worldwide? such as CNN, BBC and ABCs (American Broadcasting Company + Australian Broadcasting Corporation), as well as some Chinese TV Channels, such as CCTV (China), Phoenix Television (HK), and Channel NewsAsia (Singapore)?

if YES, where to find the relevant URLs? thanks a lot in advance.

regards,
bbao
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by:digitap
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by:Merete
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BBC will probably be a no go since they introduced the iplayer
This player automated to pickup their url and noway to avoid it
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/
To watch free to air channels ( now digital) you just need a Tv card like the hauppauge Tv card and what is available in your regeon, yu will need a an antennai hooked up to your PC
http://www.hauppauge.com/
Times have changed but there is still a few tools around ( servers) that run 1000 free to air channels but you may have to pay a one off fee like 20 bucks for the setup disc then you just login.
Most of it is just second rated  stuff.
http://www.tvsplanet.com/
The TVU works good but you need a fast computer and a fast adsl,
http://www.tvunetworks.com/
A list of free TV tools for the PC
http://en.softonic.com/s/free-tv-channels

 I have tried all of these and found the best was the Tv card.
And Just Google Video and watching the TV channels Live from their respective channels those that are free
Winamp shoutcast, VlC shoutcast
http://www.digitalalchemy.tv/2007/04/shoutcast-tv-using-winamp-to-watch-tv.html
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/597649/how_to_watch_shoutcast_television_with.html?cat=15
With VLC I find the shoutcast TV is not available Winamp works great
that's about it, how's your googling
cheers
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by:fredshovel
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If are planning to hook a TV antenna  to your TV card (ahemmm) then you better make it a bloody big TV antenna if you're planning to pick up America, the UK, China and Singapore.  In fact you better nip on down to your local TV channel and ask them if you can borrow their array of satellite antennas -- that's if they'll fit in your backyard!
Alot of Internet broadcasters like to use their own choice of player -- like ABC Breakfast used to send an ASX (or whatever they call that file) to spawn Windows Media Player -- now I've noticed that since they've gone 24 hour news they use Flash:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/
But if you want to persevere with VLC this guy has some useful info:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSJ4QV3eg6k
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by:Bing CISM / CISSP
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sorry, i am not talking about watching TV on a computer with a tuner adapter/card as well as an antenna attached. what i am looking for are just some right URLs to watch online TV streams using VLC installed on my Mac and Windows computers...

thanks,
bbao
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by:fredshovel
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I didn't advise the antenna I was just commenting on the previously suggested idea of an antenna.
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by:Merete
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Well I have provided all the other players that allow you watch TV on your PC please refer to my previous comments on them, they are all free
if you want to use VLC then open VLC go to MEDIA then Services Discovery>Freebox TV listings (French isp lisitngs)
French TV
and shoutvcast lisitng click on shoutcast tv listings, ( you wont see anything happen)
then go to view>playlist>on the left click on shoutcast lisitngs.
Does anything appear?
If not that kind of answers your question if you can use VLC to watch TV, VLC does have an enormous radio lisitng,
but for TV you would have to manually add in the URL often times doesnt work, winamp it will very well.
Try Tvu and winamp.
cheers
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bbao any progress?
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by:fredshovel
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He's still trying to hook up that antenna to get China.
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by:Bing CISM / CISSP
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> He's still trying to hook up that antenna to get China.

hehe, how could you know that?! :)))

OK, let me explain what i am looking for using the screenshot below. i just want to use VLC's Media | Open Network Stream to watch some TV channels such as BBC, CNN and other asian TVs. what i need are the URLs like those in the screenshot.

thanks,
bbao
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Sorry bbao,
It's not really my department apart from understanding how some of the Oz channels do their streaming -- but great to see you've got a sense of humour.
Just going back to my asx thingo. I notice that the second URL in your screenshot that the mms (microsoft media server) stream is streaming via the asx metafile.  I did try last year to stream ABC Breakfast via VLC but it wouldn't look at it because the asx metafile tells the html to open Windows Media Player.
Maybe there is a way to really re-direct it to spawn VLC. I seriously doubt it. If someone has precise info this could be helpful to you -- as long as the info is not painful rhetoric and useless links.
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by:jcimarron
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bbao--I think I may not understand the question.  You do not need VLC to watch TV channels on your PC. Many broadcast over the Internet and usually include their own player--if one is even needed.
http://www.google.com/search?q=tv+channels+on+internet&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe=
If you want to access the providers directly, the URL' s are often just the name (like CNN) followed by .com.  such as http://www.cnn.com/  .  
If that does not land you where you want to be use Google search, such as (for "ABC TV")
http://www.google.com/search?q=abc+tv&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe=
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by:Bing CISM / CISSP
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> You do not need VLC to watch TV channels on your PC.
> Many broadcast over the Internet and usually include their own player--if one is even needed.

that's one of the reasons i ask the question here as i don't prefer installing heaps of proprietary player on my computer.

i prefer those channels/URLs available on MMS or RSTP streams..

thanks,
bbao
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The answer to your question  is  a No go...with VLC>>refs to>>i am wondering if i can use VLC media player to watch some well-known English TV channels worldwide? such as CNN, BBC and ABCs (American Broadcasting Company + Australian Broadcasting Corporation), as well as some Chinese TV Channels, such as CCTV (China), Phoenix Television (HK), and Channel NewsAsia (Singapore)?
These are TV channels but are under Broadcast Lisenses.
In order to view these on your desktop you need to use a satelite dish with a TV tuner card
then you can watch all the free to air digital TV around the world.
example
http://ezinearticles.com/?Watch-NBC,-CBS,-ABC,-FOX,-CNN-and-BBC-TV-Online-Channels-for-Free&id=764428
Regarding MMS or RSTP streams you need to use a propriety player this is usually a pay once fee for the setup disc then you log into a server and browse what they have to offer.
I tried it not bad but have mainly lot of B rated stuff, you may have seen the adds for get a 1000 channels for free?
http://internet-online.org/tv/
But again these are not really pointing to the quality of BBC or CNN ABC and so on.
And that's it  in a nutshell bbao, sometimes the answer may not be what you want hear but I have answered your question.
Regards Merete
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bbao--"Many broadcast over the Internet and usually include their own player--if one is even needed."
Note the "if one is even needed".  It is rare that one is needed.
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No player is needed just go to :
http://wwitv.com/portal.htm
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by:Bing CISM / CISSP
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many thanks for all input.

finally, i think wwitv.com should be right site to go as it not only lets users watch online, but also gives the stream links (from stream properties) so users may use their preferred player instead.
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