Twitch and Youtube Live on PowerPC (No Flash)

TorCoolguy

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Feb 12, 2013
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Wanted to watch 'The Sims 4' livestream today, and stumbled upon this...
http://livestreamer.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

It's a great command line program that allows you to use many livestreaming websites, including twitch and youtube live, through VLC or Mplayer. All that's required is to install python 3.4.1, download and install Livestreamer's source from their website and run the setup.py. (python3.4 setup.py in terminal).
Haven't tested it under anything but my Dual 2.0GHz PowerMac G5 (2003), but it can do source quality (assuming 720p or so) without hiccup.
Looking forward to read others experiences...
 

Altemose

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Mar 26, 2013
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Wanted to watch 'The Sims 4' livestream today, and stumbled upon this...
http://livestreamer.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

It's a great command line program that allows you to use many livestreaming websites, including twitch and youtube live, through VLC or Mplayer. All that's required is to install python 3.4.1, download and install Livestreamer's source from their website and run the setup.py. (python3.4 setup.py in terminal).
Haven't tested it under anything but my Dual 2.0GHz PowerMac G5 (2003), but it can do source quality (assuming 720p or so) without hiccup.
Looking forward to read others experiences...
Very interesting! Currently I use YouView on my G5 and higher end G4s for YouTube.
 

MrPilot

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Apr 30, 2013
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Great find!

I would suggest you dig into xbmc with youtube & navi-x addon. (10.5.8) Works on this PB12" And plays real flash at 720p :)
 

user1690

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Sorry to dig up a reaaallly old thread but, unfortunately this doesnt work anymore. I just tested it on one of my own livestreams and VLC does indeed load it, but, 1 frame, thats it. Never progresses further, not even any audio. Tried various settings (different quality, etc) but alas, no go. :(
 

jbarley

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Sorry to dig up a reaaallly old thread but, unfortunately this doesnt work anymore. I just tested it on one of my own livestreams and VLC does indeed load it, but, 1 frame, thats it. Never progresses further, not even any audio. Tried various settings (different quality, etc) but alas, no go. :(
I find that "PPC media center" fills the bill for me.
Check it out here.
 

user1690

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Alas, i get the same "URL not valid!" error even on Quicktime 7.7 (Also on Leopard 10.5.8)

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EDIT: Ok, so i partially resolved this. In order for Quicktime to not give that error you need the actual video URL that PPC Media Center will then pass over to quicktime. I had to get a addon called Video Downloadhelper , and then when i went to a youtube video i could copy its full URL to the clipboard (Its reaallly long) , i then launched PPC media Center which automatically picked up the URL off the clipboard, it then passed it over to Quicktime and viola! Video loaded! It stuttered at first even on SD but once it buffered a bit it was fine.

There is a downside to this though, if anyone has a solution im all ears! Its not possible to watch live streams, at least from youtube (i havent tried twitch), i noticed with livestream links, PPC Media Center (and also the firefox addon) gives me a link to a Index.m38u8 file, this is a playlist file that Quicktime wont open, and VLC just errors out saying it cant recognise the input format.

Still, PROGRESS! :D

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