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Can't receive WMP11 radio broadcasts on Windows Vista pc.

With WMP 11, I am unable to receive any radio broadcasts on my 64-bit Windows Vista pc. Does being a 64-bit instead of a 32-bit system have anything to do with the problem?

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In reply to: Can't receive WMP11 radio broadcasts on Windows Vista pc.

I also have Vista 64 bit, and I can use WMP to listen to BBC radio shows, (UK). I am listening to the BBC's Radio 2 as I type this.

There could be many reasons, just a few below;

1] Firewall. Is your firewall blocking WMP's access to the internet?

2] Web site. Which web site are you attempting to listen to radio stations from? Perhaps they need you to install special plugins?

3] Browser security settings. Are they set too high?


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Didn't know I had to go through the web site to listen

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When I had WMP9 installed on my old pc, I remember just clicking "Play" next to my playlist station of choice to hear a radio broadcast. The "Play" button doesn't work for any of the stations in the WMP11 version. I was able to hear the BBC broadcast by clicking on "Visit Website" and then clicking on "Listen" in the website. My WMP11 setting under Options>Network>Streaming Proxy Settings: HTTP Proxy is set to Browser. RTSP is set to None (Proxy Setting option is "Do not use proxy server").

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Ahh, I had similar problems

In reply to: Didn't know I had to go through the web site to listen

With my XP machine using WMP 9 I managed to 'save' one of the BBC's radio station links, (Radio 2), to my Desktop. When I clicked, (double clicked), that file from the Desktop, WMP would open up and connect to the radio station stratight away.

WIth my new Vista and WMP 11, I have not yet worked out how to do this. I have a similar url (web site link) file on my Desktop, but instead of opening directly into WMP 11 it now opens my Firefox browser page and I then have to click a link there to "launch BBC Radio 2 in Windows Media Player".

I still haven't worked this out yet, and at the moment, although a bit of a nuisance, it doesn't take me but a few seconds to get the station going.

If it is one of the BBC's radio stations you want to listen to, I suggest you goto select your preferred station from the list, and then save that page to your browser favorites or bookmarks. Then click the "Listen Live" link.

WMP 11 is all new to me, and add that to the BBC's iPlayer system, I haven't quite got a handle on it all yet.

I hope that helps.


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(NT) Thanks for the help, Mark.

In reply to: Ahh, I had similar problems

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