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Old 06-01-2017, 11:13 PM   #1
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Software mostly dedicated to watch CNN and BBC news?


Early in the morning I am used to watch CNN or BBC news. When I am travelling, not always possible.

Would you eventually know a dedicated software so that it may allow to watch CNN and BBC news, for instance fetching the stream url and playing with mplayer?

(in UK, Outside Uk...)

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Old 06-02-2017, 02:46 PM   #2
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Best way is always tricky.

Mplayer is a good choice I suspect but I've never used it.

VLC has just about every type of media covered. Pretty sure I read part of the instructions for using it to read from web sources.
Old 06-04-2017, 08:54 AM   #3
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Make your own.


#! /usr/bin/env bash

#BBC audio player. Needs one of mplayer, mpv, ffplay etc.

BBC1_Top40 |
BBC3_Classical |
BBC6_Alt |
BBC_Asia |
BBC_World |

while :; do
    echo -e "\nSelect a stream to start, Press Q to stop stream. Ctrl C to exit.\n"
    PS3=$'\nSelect a number: '
    select stream in $(echo "$list" | cut -d "|" -f1); do
        url=$(echo "$list" | grep "$stream" | cut -d "|" -f2)
        mplayer $url &> /dev/null
         #mpv $url &> /dev/null
         #ffplay $url -nodisp &> /dev/null
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If the streams are available online you can watch them in a browser. But no application can show you what isn't there. I don't know specifically about CNN, but BBC News is not available as a continuous stream online unless you have a special program from your cable provider, and it only runs under Windows.

But you could install virtualbox, install Windows, and run the cable-tv app from the virtual machine. That's what I do when there's no way around Windows.


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