New steaming radio player problem

  • Bert Pittman

    Bert Pittman - 2008-04-14

    I am an Ubuntu/Linux Noob and I have happily been using your mplayer plug-in to often listen to streaming radio for the last few months.  (THANKS!)

    During the last couple of weeks I have noticed that several stations have switched to a new streaming player that never finishes initializing with the mplayer plug-in?  Is this an ActiveX issue?

    Here are a few of the radio-station websites that have recently switched to the new streaming player

    Question 2: how can I tell if I am running the most current version of the mplayer plug-in?

    You guys have done a great job!  If there is anything I can do to help please let me know!    Thanks Guys!

    • Kevin DeKorte

      Kevin DeKorte - 2008-04-14

      Yeah, I'm not sure what is going on here. Looks like a mess of javascript to dig thru to see if it can be made to work.

      I even tried it with gecko-mediaplayer, the newer version of mplayerplug-in and it can't seem to get it either. So maybe it is using something microsoft specific.

      In firefox you can check the version by opening the location "about:plugins" and it will tell you the plugins and versions that are loaded.

    • Bert Pittman

      Bert Pittman - 2008-04-15

      Thanks,  I can now report that I am using mplayerplug-in version 3.40

      More bad news: The best station to stream former TechTv host, Leo Laporte's  weekend radio show has also switched to the new player.  If you're into geek talk on commercial radio then you'll probably agree Leo is the best in that genre!

      The help button on these news players do work and KFI's  help file seemed to mention needing a different ActiveX control for the Windows version of Firefox so, without knowing anything about any of the code involved I guessed that it may be related to that problem.
      Does the mplayer simulate the COM protocol to the ActiveX control or does it somehow bypass the issue? (I used to do some Windows programming in the pre .Net days)

      here's  the section from the help file I was talking about
      Question: It looks like there are two Windows Media Player control bars on the left hand side of the screen. Why?

      • You do not have the correct ActiveX control plugin installed for Firefox.
      • Install the correct ActiveX control plugin from
      • It is important you install the correct plugin for your version of Firefox. (Choose Help from the menu and select About Mozilla Firefox to find your version).
      • If you are using version 1.5 or higher, download the plugin for version 1.5.

      Also while I am at it,  anyone into talk radio over the internet will appreciated this link:


      • Kevin DeKorte

        Kevin DeKorte - 2008-04-15

        That site is a mess. Appears to have ActiveX and iTunes requirements to make stuff work. And of course you know that ActiveX stuff does not work in Firefox on Linux

      • Kevin DeKorte

        Kevin DeKorte - 2008-04-15

        Hey I found something...

        If you go to

        And near the top of the FAQ, click on "launch classic player"  and old code that works with the plugins is loaded.

        • Bert Pittman

          Bert Pittman - 2008-04-16

          Thanks!  Now when I wish I can hear hear all 3 hours of Leo's show live again.

          FYI:This is from
          Streaming Alert
          New Clear Channel Player
          Clear Channel has switched to a new player that makes it easy to "tag" songs for purchase in iTunes. Over the weekend, we changed all 800+ station links to the new player, even though some Clear Channel stations that don't play music have not yet upgraded

          The new player doesn't work on Macs and Firefox without installing additional software. The "Need Help?" link on their player explains what you need and you'll find the same link here (along with a link to the old player for now)

    • Kevin DeKorte

      Kevin DeKorte - 2008-04-15

      here is the mms url



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