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    How can I stream audio from a FreeSat box to a PC?

    I have a FreeSat box in the lounge which I use purely for radio stations.
    There’s a HTPC PC near it so if I connect the audio out from the FreeSat Box to the audio in on the PC’s soundcard what software can I use to stream live radio to another PC on the same network?
    The HTPC and the Netbook that I want to stream to are both running Windows 7.
    I figure something like WinAMP might do the job but it’s not something that I have installed so could do with some pointers.

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    Are you sure you need to do this, I would bet that most of these stream online anyway negating the freesat box from the equation. Also by freesat do you mean an old sky box, or a proper freesat box?

    If you are set on streaming then the best software would probably be something like icecast
    Edited by: "harlzter" 27th Dec 2010

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    harlzter

    Are you sure you need to do this, I would bet that most of these stream … Are you sure you need to do this, I would bet that most of these stream online anyway negating the freesat box from the equation. Also by freesat do you mean an old sky box, or a proper freesat box?


    Streaming from an online source is not an option. It is a FreeSat box not that it makes any difference. It's just a source that gets fed to the PC, the question is what software do I need to stream the live feed.

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    harlzter

    If you are set on streaming then the best software would probably be … If you are set on streaming then the best software would probably be something like icecast


    Thanks. Took a quick look at the documentation and it looks a bit daunting. Is there anything that is easier to use? Is SHOUTcast a similar programme?

    windows media encoder is very straight forward and does the job very well for me at work.

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    forest2002

    windows media encoder is very straight forward and does the job very well … windows media encoder is very straight forward and does the job very well for me at work.


    Thanks. If I download the encoder does that come with the server or is that a separate component? How easy is it to configure?

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    Agharta

    If I download the encoder does that come with the server or is that a … If I download the encoder does that come with the server or is that a separate component? How easy is it to configure?


    I just downloaded it, installed it and configured it and it was very easy; it came with a wizard which is what I was after. You get the option to save the stream to disk automatically which is great because if there’s a song that you like you have it on disk.

    I took one look at the icecast home page and my heart sank. It has the look of a typical open source, Linux type of very worthy software which tends to not be easy to use for a casual user. I really didn’t want to take the time to learn how to do a simple task. The MS software was more akin to what Apple do in the user friendly department; i.e. assume we’re all idiots. It’s obviously working for Apple.

    Odd that such a smartass couldn't work this out for himself.

    First of all, connect the audio output to line in of the sound card. Do not connect to the microphone input because you would be feeding sound of amplitudes higher than what the microphone input can take. If there is no line in, you need to attenuate the signal somehow and feed it to the microphone input (but make absolutely sure that the signal is attenuated to a reasonable level).

    To stream the audio, Shoutcast servers tend to be popular. Winamp supports Shoutcast servers. When the audio is played back through Winamp, make sure you point the output plugin to the Shoutcast server and NOT your speakers. Windows media player can act as a client for shoutcast server. Simply play from internet location with the IP address being your shoutcast server. This works very well for a local network. It is even possible to do this via a WAN if you enable the correct port forwarding rules.
    Edited by: "ElliottC" 31st Dec 2010

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    My HTPC has a single audio in but it was easy enough to adjust the level using the Windows Media Encoder. It automatically monitors the audio level so you can check for a decent signal strength and has a button to launch the Mixer so you can adjust the input level. That’s two of the reasons why this software is so user friendly along with the fact that you can click another button to copy the URL of the Encoder to the clipboard.
    Edited by: "Agharta" 1st Jan 2010
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