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I m using my PC as TV Channel

by zit1343 / April 17, 2010 4:21 AM PDT

I have dell pc which is connected to my 42 in TV.
I have windows xp on XP.
I am paying some website for international channel live.
so basically I am watching them on my PC.
I have about 15 channels I watch them on my PC they are played in internet explorer embalmed with windows media player, so if I want to watch different channel I have to go to different link and watch different channel. I want to know if I can start all 15 channels in internet explorer window or new tab. and have them full screen already and I want to know how to have like if I minimize other window I won't hear audio from those windows only from the active window. so video of other channel will still be running in back ground but audio would be disabled for them because they are in back or they are minimize is this possible?
please help me
if you didn't understood my question I can explain better.

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WMP plugin
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 17, 2010 4:57 AM PDT

you watching the channels using the WMP, (Windows Media Payer), plugin for Internet Explorer, (not called 'embalmed' Happy ).

If I understand you correctly, you are subscribed to a TV service that airs 15 different channels. This is a web site TV service.

Theoretically there is nothing to stop the computer from downloading more than one stream at a time. You can open as many IE windows as you like, then systematically connect each one to the TV web site, select a different channel in each web page and stream each channel to each instance of the web browser's WMP plugin.

Each instance of the WMP plugin has it's own volume control, (unless the web site has disabled that feature, but I doubt it), so there would be no problem muting the sound on each web page. The streams would continue to each page, even if the page was minimised to the Taskbar.

Whether that will work or not, I don't know. Two factors may exist. Firstly, your internet connection speed. Since video streaming is a heavy bandwidth user, you may not have enough bandwidth for more than a couple of streams. Secondly, what does the web site TV service say about this? Do they attempt to limit down-streaming to just one channel?

Have you tried this yet? Perhaps with just a couple of channels?


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15 channels
by zit1343 / April 17, 2010 5:13 AM PDT
In reply to: WMP plugin

no they do not mind if I run all 15 channel at once, and I have about 10 MBPS internet speed. I play all the channels from their website and it plays internet explorer or firefox, they do not give me direct link to stream.

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I guess that depends on you
by Jimmy Greystone / April 17, 2010 7:27 AM PDT

I guess that depends on you. Technically, there's no reason you couldn't do this, except that you can't dictate that only ONE tab will have exclusive control over the sound card, so you'll have the audio streams from all 15 channels playing at once. And you won't likely be able to just mute one without muting ALL Windows Media Player instances.

But it's possible I'm completely wrong, so why not give it a shot, see what happens? Worst case scenario, you're right back where you started.

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