A FAQ for NFL stream viewing:
Before continuing, please make sure you are using the most recent versions of P2P streaming software. Newer versions provide better capabilities and are recommended for use. Make sure you have the latest Flash update for flash streams.
SopCast - 3.4.0
Stream Torrent - 1.0 Build 0078
Main useful info
Using Windows Vista? Can't click on a Sopcast link and load it?
- Right-click on the link and select "Copy".
- Go to the SopCast address bar and paste the link.
- OR, hover the mouse on the link, and the SopCast channel URL will appear in the browser status bar at the bottom of the URL.
- Type that URL into the SopCast address bar.
Using VLC for SopCast streams:
- All SopCast streams can be viewed with VLC, but for some streams it is mandatory.
- VLC can also be a "quick fix" option worth trying if a stream buffers but won't load correctly.
To use VLC...
- Download VLC at VideoLAN - Free Software and install it.
- Start the SopCast stream and let it buffer.
- VLC, go to Open Network Stream, select "HTTP" option, and type in 127.0.0.1:8902 (If port 8902 doesn't work, try 8912).
- You MUST leave SopCast running; closing SopCast closes the stream.
- You may need to mute the sound on SopCast so it doesn't bleed with the sound in VLC.
- To make VLC a default external player on SopCast, visit this thread.
How to Record with VLC:
- Open VLC and go to File and Open Network Stream, type 127.0.0.1:8902 in the http section.
- Next, click on Stream/Save and settings next to it (this should open a new window).
- Click on Play Locally, File then select a file on your computer to save it.
- Finally, select dump raw input and go to OK at the bottom and click OK on the other screen.
1) Where can I find a schedule for the NFL?
MyP2P.eu :: NFL schedules, watch live NFL on your pc.
This forum will keep things up to date as well.
2) Can I request a stream for a game that is not being streamed?
No. If it is streamed, then it is streamed. If it is not, its not. Believe me, if someone can stream the game, they will step up to the plate.
3) I'm watching a stream and the quality is not great, is there anyway to improve it?
No, there is nothing you, as a viewer can do. Everything related to the quality of the stream is controlled by the streamer - the resolution, the bitrate and the quality control.
4) Is there anything I can do to improve my viewing experience (meaning improving your end of the stream)?
There are several things you can do to improve your experience:
-Turn off all other forms of Peer-2-Peer filesharing (Limewire, Cabos, BitTorrent, DirectConnect, etc.) This is a must
-Try to avoid all forms of downloading and uploading, even if it is just HTTP transfers.
-Avoid watching two games simultaneously on SopCast/TVUPlayer/TVants unless you have more than 1mbps of upstream bandwidth or more.
-Close as many unnecessary programs on your machine to reduce CPU/memory use.
-Windows XP users can expand their connections from 10 to 50 by following the instructions at: http://www.myp2p.eu/software.php?part=software
5) Can I create two instances of SopCast to watch two games at once?
Yes. Click the "Option" button in Sopcast and under "General" uncheck the box beside "Allow only one instance of SopCast." Now you can open two instances of SopCast and watch two streams.
6) Can I watch two games on two instances of SopCast, OR one game on SopCast and one game on TVUPlayer or TVants?
Yes, but it is not recommended unless you have at least 1mbps of upstream bandwidth.
7) I see that a channel is listed for the game I want to see, but it is not working. What is wrong?
It is possible that the stream has not started yet. A lot of streams will not start until the game starts, so you may be connecting too early.
If it is well past the start of the game and it still isn't working it is possible the streamer is having problems or simply forgot to start the stream.
If you do see the stream is available (as reported by the streaming program) but you are unable to connect it may be that the streamer did not use proper settings with his stream to make it work properly.
8) I turned on the right channel at 4:15 PM Eastern US time, but I don't think it's the right game. It looks like another game is finishing. I am missing the start of my game. What is wrong?
A streamer may be streaming an affiliate of the national network (CBS or FOX) that has the doubleheader that week. Sometimes, when the first game finishes, the network may transfer viewers to the finishes of other early games, before going to the second game of the scheduled doubleheader on that station. The streamers have no control over this. Be patient, and when the early games are finished, you will get to the late game.
9) Is there a 24/7 stream of NFL Network?
No, and there probably will not be one.
10) Is there a 24/7 stream of ESPN?
No. There is channel 10912 on SopCast, which streams ESPN Hong Kong 24/7, however that is not the same as ESPN US.
11) Where can I find torrents of the previously aired NFL Games?
12) Is there any value to recording the streams I am watching?
Probably not. Considering that all the games are recorded in very high quality (sometimes HD) and put onto bittorrent by the website ********************, there is really no value at all to recording the games off SopCast or TVU.
However, recording does have one simple benefit. If you are very impatient and do not want to wait for the torrents for the games to show up, or the stream is buffering a lot, recording has its benefits. A) you can record the stream, as it is live (delayed by a couple minutes, though) and watch a recording immediately after the game is over, B) recording makes a poor-buffering channel seem like it never buffered at all - see question 13.
13) The channel I am watching does buffer but it never gets high enough so that I can watch. What can I do?
In terms of watching it live - nothing. Either the streamer has to drop his quality down, which requires restarting the stream, or or something with the streamer's upstream is problematic and will be resolved with time.
If you are one who does NOT mind watching a game immediately after it is complete, and you dont want to wait until a torrent appears, you can record the stream. See, even though SopCast is buffering with a low buffer, the stream is still being downloaded (which is the key). If it is being downloaded, it can be recorded. All you have to do is get a copy of the free FlashGet (Best Download Manager - FlashGet) and tell it to download http://127.0.0.1:8902 while SopCast is buffering. You will NOT be able to watch the stream as it is recording, however when you stop recording and watch the recorded video, it will seem like you never had buffering problems at all. Again, though, you wont be watching it live if you dont mind that.
14) How do I record a stream I am watching on SopCast?
One of two ways:
A) there is a button above the sopcast window, it is two concentric circles (v2 has a white circle inside of a blue circle, v3 has a red circle inside a blue circle). It is to the right of the zoom button (v2), or to the right of the Add to Favorites button (v3). Just click this and SopCast will ask you to Open File, which is just asking you to specify a name and location for the file. Click OK and recording will start.
B) While watching the stream use FlashGet (free) to download the stream. In FlashGet, click NEW, and use the address http://127.0.0.1:8902 as the URL, then click OK. The default download location is c:\downloads. To stop recording in FlashGet, highlight the entry in the upper right box which is the recording, click pause, and then click delete (this just deletes the job, not the recorded file). Then locate the recorded file, by default it will be in C:\Downloads. Remove the .jc! file extension. Now play the video in your favorite video player.
15) How do I record a stream I am watching on TVUPlayer? TVants?
For TVUplayer, the directions are the same as in 14B, except the address is http://127.0.0.1:8901.
For TVants, the directions are also the same as in 14B, except the address is http://127.0.0.1:16900.
16) Someone posts a last-minute stream, and says it's on SopCast channel XXXXX. Typing in the channel number by itself doesn't work. What do I do?
If you are using SopCast v2, please update to the most recent SopCast v3.0.3. SopCast 3.0.3 supports entering in the channel number to the bar at the top of the window.
If updating to SopCast 3.0.3 does not fix things, just use the universal URL for a SopCast channel: sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/XXXXX
Replace the Xs with the channel number you are given, and copy/paste it into the address bar at the top of the SopCast window.
17) What is this "VLC" thing people mention. Does it help clear any issues up?
VLC originally was short for Video Lan Client, but the name of the program has since become just "VLC". It is a media player similar to Windows Media Player.
All streams on Sopcast can be viewed with VLC, though for a select few streams this is mandatory. Additionally, sometimes VLC can stream a few seconds or more ahead of what shows up in Sopcast itself, which can help reduce your lag between the stream's source and when you watch it.
To use VLC, download VLC at VideoLAN - Free and Open Source software and video streaming solutions for every OS! and install it , then start the Sopcast stream and let it buffer. Then open VLC, go to Open Network Stream, select HTTP option, and type in 127.0.0.1:8902 (if not working, try port 8912). You MUST leave Sopcast running; closing Sopcast closes the stream. If the stream gives sound in both VLC and Sopcast, mute the sound on Sopcast, or try to hit the refresh button so the Sopcast screen goes blank, but the VLC screen stays intact.
18) How do I make SopCast open streams into VLC (or other media player) by default?
New versions of SopCast now let you choose what external media player to open streams with. Just go into the SopCast options, and you should see the text "Choose the external player". Below that you can either select the default option, which will use the system default, which is most cases is Windows Media Player, or you can select "Use my own media player". After you select that option, click the "Select" button and locate the EXE file for the media player which you want to use. VLC is usually located at "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe". SopCast streams work perfectly fine with VLC, MediaPlayer Classic, KMPlayer, WinAMP, and many others.