Apr 06 2015

How To: Twitch Past Broadcasts on iOS Devices

Category: G&S,geekandsundry,Technology,TVRobert McGovern @ 1:04 am

Geek and Sundry has branched out from doing shows on Youtube, to producing daily shows on Twitch. There is a lot of great content on the G&S Twitch channel, the problem is they broadcast between 4pm-10pm PDT. As I live in Germany that means the stream starts at 1am CEST and finishes at 7am CEST; not particularly practical for me 🙂

This means I need to rely on the Past Broadcasts to see the shows I’m interested in, but there is the catch. At present G&S are not showing the previous broadcasts on their website. So I need to watch the past broadcasts on Twitch, unfortunately for reasons unknown, Twitch do not make it possible to watch the past broadcasts in their Twitch app and you cannot watch them on an iOS device via Safari as the Twitch.tv website uses a flash-based video player.

Today I discovered that there is a work around, which involves using the TwitchCast project.

Requirements

  • iOS web browser like Safari or Chrome
  • Video app capable of playing Internet Streams, for instance VLC for iOS or nPlayer

Links

TwitchCast Project site: https://github.com/Arxk/TwitchCast

TwitchCast “live” http://bit.ly/tcviewerweb

GeekandSundry Past Broadcasts page in TwitchCast: http://cdn.rawgit.com/Arxk/TwitchCast/916a5c26f3e9b6ea59a7120c9edf258999aff75a/www/index.html#/nav/broadcasts/geekandsundry/GeekandSundry

nPlayer: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nplayer/id539397400?mt=8

VLC for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/vlc-ios/id650377962

Steps

1. Go to the “Live” site of the TwithCast project on your iOS device.

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 16.42.132. Select “More …”

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3. In the textfield above the “Streams”, “Games” and “Channels” buttons type “geekandsundry” and then press “Channels”

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4. Select the Channel you are interested in; here it is the top result.

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5. Select “Past Broadcasts” (shortcut link)

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6. Select the Past Broadcast you are interested in. For this example we are choosing “Gather Your Part: Just Dance 2015 with the G&S”.

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6a. If you don’t see the broadcast you want, scroll down the list and select “Next” (or “Previous” if you need to go back a page)

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7. When you select a broadcast you are presented a page with buttons which open the Stream directly in Safari. Instead we are going to copy the link for the Quality of the stream we are interested in. Before you can select the link you must tap in the textfield that holds the link, you can then tap and hold to select text.

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8. Now that you’ve copied the text, open up the app you are going to watch from. (For demo purposes I am going to use VLC for iOS as its free. However it isn’t a great experience as it doesn’t pull the correct times for the stream, or really allow you to fast forwards into a stream (or rewind). Personally I use nPlayer, which I demo further down.)

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9. Select the “Cone” icon in the top left of the screen. It opens a sidebar

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10. Select “Open Network Stream” which opens a page allowing you to enter the URL of the stream. If you have a URL in the pasteboard it is auto pasted.IMG_4494

11. Select “Open Network Stream” just below the URL and your video will start

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As I mentioned above, I prefer nPlayer because its a better video player and because it correctly picks up details about the stream. For instance in the shot from VLC above, the time for the stream is shown as –:– as such you can’t move around in the Stream.

1. Open nPlayer (this is the first screen)

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2. Select “Network” from the tab bar below

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3. Select “Direct Streaming URL” and you’ll see a page similar to this (ignore the existing URL’s, I was streaming earlier 🙂 )

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4. Select the + symbol in the top right which opens a dialog to paste the URL, as with VLC if there is a URL in the pasteboard then its auto pasted. Tape the tick at the top of the dialog.

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5. You are now returned to the previous page, with the URL added to list. (Last one is the example stream)

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6. To start the Stream, just tap the URL (note the length of the video visible at the top of the pic)

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Jan 09 2011

Human Target

Category: Personal,TVRobert McGovern @ 7:22 pm

Those that know me, know I have a thing for Film & TV scores and I have done since I was a child (in part thanks to the music of Tom & Jerry cartoons, Looney Tunes cartoons and the tapes of Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Ghostbusters that I got from my dad).

Of late most of the scores I have been buying have been expanded re-issues of old scores (like Star Trek 2, 3 & 5, Batman, Batman Returns, The Edge & Home Alone) and premiere releases of classic scores (Back to the Future, Amazing Stories, Black Sunday), very little though has been recent stuff (though I have a couple of things in my Amazon basket from this last year).

One exception was the CD set by LaLaLand Records of Bear McCreary’s score to the first season of Human Target. I bought it based on my enjoyment of his Battlestar Galactica scores, I thought what the heck I’d take a chance.

Turns out it was well worth it, there is some great if not fantastic music. For instance Baptiste, Tango Fight (both CD 2), Theme from Human Target (Long version – CD 1), The New Christopher Chance (CD2). You can check out some of Bear’s favourite music from the show over on his blog.

Check out the samples for the score over at Bear’s blog. Its highly recommended and a steal at $24.95 for 3 CD’s.

Now as an aside, I’ve since started watching the show based on the strength of the music. Season 1 was very enjoyable, the interplay between the 3 leads (Chance, Winston, Guerrero) is fun and the action was generally superb.

Unfortunately the second season brought in a number of changes in an attempt to draw in new viewers and appeal to a wider audience (say, I dunno, women) and save money. Gone are many of the fun fight sequences, replaced with more “drama” and interplay with 2 new characters (both women, a young sassy lass [Ames] and a rich business woman who is now Chance’s partner [Ilsa]) who don’t really add much and indeed both are kinda annoying (Ilsa who week in & week out complains about the method’s Chance and his team employ, after 7 episodes this hasn’t improved much with her going to the State Department after someone is kidnapped and then tries to get her private jet turned around in the air) even if I like the actresses. Also gone is some of the magic between the original 3 leads, with Guerrero seeming to became a shadow of his season 1 self. One other change was the main producer (indeed creator) of the show stepping back and someone new coming in in charge.

The most annoying change of the 2nd season was not asking Bear to come back and score the show. In an effort to save money (as having a new orchestral score each episode is expensive) they decide to go with a new composer (Tim Jones) who has done the music for the last 4 years of Chuck.

Now his music there has been quite serviceable and I’d quite like a CD of it, there are some nice themes but his music for Human Target has been lacklustre at best. At times it can best be described as passable, the rest of the time it is just

His new theme for the show is however dreadful. It starts out as a distance relative to Bear’s season 1 theme and then after about 15 seconds it descends into noise. Gone is the unique identity that Bear gave the show and leaves you with a theme that is both very generic and doesn’t make you want to watch the show.

This is the Season 1 theme:

(direct link: Season 1 theme)

and this is the season 2 intro:

(direct link: Season 2 theme)

Oh yeah, one other thing I didn’t like about Season 2’s new direction, dropping the plot point that was setup at the end of season 1 where Winston had been captured and The Old Man was going to help Chance to rescue him. I don’t particularly have a problem with how Winston was saved (if yes a little quickly at the beginning of the ep) but I do feel a little short changed.

[Edit]

Though of a couple of other things that bug me about the second season, for instance the new high tech computer equipment provide by Ilsa like the funky computer table.

Ep 8 of S2 was written by the creator of the show but still doesn’t help (Ilsa “oh my god your stealing from him”), if Ilsa & Chance end up kissing by the end of the episode I’ll be very disappointed.

Btw the shake up of the show means it has both more a Leaverge and a Chuck feel to the show.