Sunday, May 27, 2007

TV on My PC (Aliant)

I may be the only person in the world who cares about this, but here it is anyway.

Aliant is the local phone company in the Atlantic provinces, and they are also my ISP (DSL). For years, they have provided a service called TV on my PC. This offers 10 streaming TV channels through their own web interface with an embedded Windows Media Player.

For some reason, they have decided not to support Windows Media Player 11. This means everyone with Vista.

I needed to come up with a workaround right now, because Roland Garros is starting Monday, and TSN is covering it. TSN is one of the channels offered on TV on my PC.

So, I found the media player links in the web page:

mmst://172.16.101.2/comdy
mmst://172.16.101.2/space
mmst://172.16.101.2/star
mmst://172.16.101.2/tech
mmst://172.16.101.2/ctvnn
mmst://172.16.101.2/mm
mmst://172.16.101.2/mmm
mmst://172.16.101.2/newsw
mmst://172.16.101.2/oln
mmst://172.16.101.2/tsn

And I found out that those mmst:// protocols work with the VLC media player.

So install VLC, run it and go to "file".. "network stream".. "http/https/ftp/mms" and in the URL box, put in one of the addresses above - in the case of TSN, it's "mmst://172.16.101.2/tsn".

Or, better yet, create a desktop shortcut to

"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" mmst://172.16.101.2/tsn

Of course, this will all break when they change the IP address, but until then it works fine.

I don't know for sure, but I think this only works in New Brunswick, and I think it only works for those on the Aliant network.

6 Comments:

At Wed Jun 20, 04:45:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done!!


-aliant tech supprt agent

 
At Sun Nov 18, 12:57:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I care, this is great!
Now I can watch TechTV and the Comedy Channel while surfing the web again!

 
At Tue Dec 11, 07:38:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this information, It may seem like not very many people care, however I do, and i appreciate the effort you put into this.

Thanks again Scott

 
At Thu Jun 19, 01:56:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott, I am in newfoundland. they tell me that the service is not currently available here through Aliant yet. I tried the addresses that you had added and they no longer work, or I am unable to get them to work. Have they changed the addresses as per your knoledge.

 
At Sun Jul 26, 06:36:00 am , Blogger george said...

TV on My PC Updated Information, including current link address and protocol. Solve the problem (Dartmouth, perhaps elsewhere) of not being able to access your subscribed TV account. Entry to the information:

http://elvidge.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!D5DE188EEC9DF556!2188.entry

GE2009JUL26

 
At Sat Jan 16, 12:14:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Address change now

mms://198.164.4.70/

 

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