TV-MAXE is an application which provides the ability to watch TV stations and listen radio via different streams, like SopCast. Your ability to view certain streams may be limited by your current country, then again, you can always proxy through a country that will permit it.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:venerix/pkg
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tv-maxe
You can find the latest release listed here and either download the file to your server directly or use the path to update the
wget in the commands listed below…
Pre-requisite, you need to have avahi installed first or the script will later prompt you to do so…
sudo apt-get install avahi-daemon
wget -c downloads.plexapp.com/plex-media-server/0.9.8.18.290-11b7fdd/plexmediaserver_0.9.8.18.290-11b7fdd_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_0.9.8.18.290-11b7fdd_i386.deb
wget -c downloads.plexapp.com/plex-media-server/0.9.8.18.290-11b7fdd/plexmediaserver_0.9.8.18.290-11b7fdd_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_0.9.8.18.290-11b7fdd_amd64.deb
Then a series of commands, they should all be relatively straight forward. As the installer creates and runs the software under a user named ‘plex’, I create the user folders and change the default password in these steps… do what you are comfortable with!
sudo apt-get -f install
sudo mkdir /home/plex
sudo mkdir /home/plex/Music
sudo mkdir /home/plex/Videos
sudo chown plex * -R
sudo chmod 777 * -R
sudo passwd plex
Now you should be able to access the app with your browser, change the IP if you are not on localhost.
WARNING: An installation using these steps could leave your server open to the general public, you
will want to password protect your server to secure any sensitive content, I’ll leave that for a separate topic.
There’s a lot of free software out there, but just like with Instant Messaging software you have to install many of them to be flexible.
Several years ago I stumbled upon the VideoLAN Client (aka VLC) when researching methods to stream video from my ReplayTV (Tivo predecessor/clone) to my laptop as the files were in MPEG4 format and my previous clients didn’t support it.
I urge you to check it out as it’s an all in one solution, so that you don’t need all of that other bloat-ware installed.
P.S. – I should add that this plays most video and audio formats and is available on most platforms, not just Windows.
While many terrestrial radio stations “stream” their content to make it available to anyone with an Internet connection, sometimes it’s still “just radio”.
For a true ‘net’ user, it’s often better to make the whole thing personalized and interactive, not to mention…. commercial free!
There are several popular services available for this, here are a few that I’m familiar with:
All of the above are free (for now), though the RIAA is trying to change yet another “good thing” and may make this impossible for these companies to support in the future.