I figured i would write a tutorial for my Windows using brethren showing them the awesome livestreamer and how to go about installing and using this awesome bit of kit. Livestreamer allows us to watch a number of streaming services in VLC or any media player you choose, which is great as it does away with the need for flash, those who bother to check out livestreamer will see a marked improvement in video quality and the RAM footprint and CPU cycles are drastically decreased in comparison to when using browser to view streams.
The Windows installer can be found here the installer includes a compiled version of Livestreamer (that does not require an existing Python installation) and RTMPDump for viewing RTMP streams. It will also generate a default config file all that requires editing is just the #player line, remove the # comment and point the player line to your players .exe like you see in my .livestreamerrc (line 12) it would also be wise to ensure the line rtmpdump= points to the newly installed rtmpdump .exe (line 19 on my .livestreamerrc) the default directory for the .livestreamerrc is C:\Users\cirrus\AppData\Roaming\livestreamer. Once you have done that, then that is us finished, easy huh? now we want to find some sites which livestreamer has native plugins for, i will list a couple …
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To play the streams in Windows we open up the cygwin terminal (if installed) or the command prompt / powershell and simply type ..
livestreamer url of stream best
livestreamer http://vaughnlive.tv/1crime best
The chosen stream will then open in your chosen media player.
Livestreamer is in my top 5 applications and it is multi platform so Linux OSX and Windows users can benefit, see here for more info on livestreamer .
I tend to watch the crime stream often so i created a .bat file by opening notepad, pasting in this one line
livestreamer http://vaughnlive.tv/crimecentral best
save file as crime.bat and viola we have just created a shortcut to that stream, that might be handy for those who don’t like command prompt or powershell.