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ESPN3 streaming parameters?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:44 am
by w9wi
Anyone know the codec & bitrate they're using for this stream?

Our sports guys have a subscription -- they're complaining it's stuttering & breaking up. I can stream other programs on the same computer without problems. I'm suspecting there's a problem with a codec on this machine, but I don't know which codec they're looking at.

(I'd love to test ESPN3 myself but I haven't been able to get them to sign in at a time when I'm here:( )

CBC is streaming beautifully at 2.605Mbps MPEG-4.

Re: ESPN3 streaming parameters?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:13 am
by Deep Thought
Just logged in and let it run for awhile and did not encounter any issues. I don't have the ability to drill down into the stream specs other than what their player gives me, which is attached. Maybe it'll help.

Re: ESPN3 streaming parameters?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:31 pm
by w9wi
That's what I was looking for, thanks!

They stopped by this noon & logged in for me. Turns out the computer we're using isn't up to the task. It'll play CBC-TV just fine (at 2.6Mbps) but it can't handle the faster ESPN stream.

Re: ESPN3 streaming parameters?

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:06 pm
by w9wi
Finally resolved this after trying five different PCs:(

1: Had even more trouble decoding the stream than the original machine.
1: Refused to install the drivers for the TV tuner card (this machine is also occasionally used to record the competition). Refuses to install unsigned drivers and no signed drivers are available for the card.
1: No audio. Video output card only embeds audio in the DVI output, not the HD-SDI -- and the DVI output doesn't work. Don't have any spare HD-SDI embedders to stick on the output.
1: KVM switch won't accept the video from either DVI port. (but three different monitors and a Blackmagic DVI-to-SDI adaptor take it just fine)

I probably walked 3-4 miles in the last two days going back & forth between the closet where this PC lives and the engineering shop:(