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Plugin Ustream.tv : Unable to fetch desktop streams #1122

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karlo2105 opened this issue Nov 11, 2015 · 44 comments · May be fixed by #1495

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commented Nov 11, 2015

As you can see this live stream on Ustream platform is not opening with Livestreamer.

livestreamer "http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tv-sandzak" best
[cli][info] Found matching plugin ustreamtv for URL http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tv-sandzak
[plugin.ustreamtv][error] Unable to fetch desktop streams: Unable to validate re
sult: Unable to validate key 'stream': Unable to validate result: Unable to vali
date key 'streams': Unable to validate result: Type of ScriptDataReference(refer
ence=7) should be 'dict' but is 'ScriptDataReference' or Type of ScriptDataRefer
ence(reference=7) should be 'list' but is 'ScriptDataReference' or [ScriptDataOb
ject([(u'name', u'uhs_tcdn'), (u'url', u'http://uhs-live-default.ustream.tv/ams-
uhs01/streams/httpflv/ustreamVideo/18684284/'), (u'streams', [ScriptDataObject([
(u'chunkTime', 5000.0), (u'offsetInMs', 4821.0), (u'chunkRange', ScriptDataObjec
t([(u'1447230451', u'958283629'), (u'1447230461', u'1943747493')])), (u'offset',
433.0), (u'width', 600.0), (u'bitrate', 537.0), (u'counter', -1.0), (u'streamNa
me', u'streams/live_1_%_%.flv'), (u'chunkId', 1447230458.0), (u'videoCodec', u'H
264'), (u'height', 480.0)])])]), ScriptDataObject([(u'name', u'uhs_akamai'), (u'
varnishUrl', u'http://uhs-akamai.ustream.tv/ams/ams-uhs01/streams/httpflv/ustrea
mVideo/18684284/'), (u'url', u'http://uhs-akamai.ustream.tv/ams/ams-uhs01/stream
s/httpflv/ustreamVideo/18684284/'), (u'streams', ScriptDataReference(reference=7
))]), ScriptDataObject([(u'name', u'uhs_highwinds'), (u'varnishUrl', u'http://uh
s-highwinds.ustream.tv/ams/ams-uhs01/streams/httpflv/ustreamVideo/18684284/'), (
u'url', u'http://uhs-highwinds.ustream.tv/ams/ams-uhs01/streams/httpflv/ustreamV
ideo/18684284/'), (u'streams', ScriptDataReference(reference=7))])] does not equ
al 'offline'
error: No streams found on this URL: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tv-sandzak

Any chance for a fix ?

@karlo2105 karlo2105 changed the title Plugin Ustream.tv not working Plugin Ustream.tv : Unable to fetch desktop streams Nov 11, 2015

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commented Nov 15, 2015

I am also looking for a fix....

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commented Nov 16, 2015

Same here. Raspberry Pi - using version 1.12.0 of livestreamer

No desktop streams available. I am failing over to using the Mobile streams (HLS)

Ustream is definitely not playing nice. I wish I was more capable of diagnosing the issue - and looking at the code.

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commented Nov 17, 2015

Same here, and yeah I don't know enough about this stuff to fix it... I'm familiar with python but not the guts of how ustream and rtmp and stuff work.
Unfortunately, it looks like this project is dead, and none of the forks add much.

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commented Nov 17, 2015

Well... it's a great tool... and I hope it gets some more attention soon. It's certainly had some work done in the past few months (although none that actually fixed the issue I was experiencing).

There have been other issues with Ustream that got fixed very quickly (earlier this year). I hope some of the guru's with this can help figure this out.

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commented Nov 17, 2015

Try my branch https://github.com/paulguy/livestreamer/tree/ustream-fix

It works for me but I doubt it's anywhere near "correct".

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commented Nov 17, 2015

Works fine here. Thanks!

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commented Nov 18, 2015

Hi, so i spend nearly 3 hours just searching, reading up "guides", loading different versions, trying to understand that whole python thing, opening a reddit thread...but i give up, i can't figure out how to use this fix. I have the windows binary of livestreamer installed, also the night build on windows 7.

I know how to create a batch file like this and adding a link (allthough i mostly use "open livestreamer" addon from firefox)

@echo
cd c:\program files (x86)\livestreamer
livestreamer.exe
@echo off?

thats all i can accomplish so far.

But how do i implement this fix/branch into my installation ? Or can someone compile, install or whatever it takes to make it work and maybe upload this finished folder for me if possible?

I would hugely appreciate that !

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commented Nov 18, 2015

I honestly have no idea how this would work under windows. On here it's literally just python setup.py build && python setup.py install, then pip install python-librtmp to provide a necessary dependency for ustream.
I imagine the windows build of livestreamer has some build script. Should just require replacing the source code with the fixed source code (it's all just in 1 file), then running the build script to produce the .exe. I don't use windows though so I really wouldn't know.

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commented Nov 18, 2015

@paulguy - is the only change you made in the ustreamtv plugin?

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commented Nov 18, 2015

Yeah. The commit log should only show changes to 1 file.

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commented Nov 18, 2015

Great. Will be trying it out later (Rpi). Unfortunately I'm still stuck with not being able to reliably play the desktop streams (UHS) anyway via a Pi - and I have to use the HLS (Mobile) streams anyway.

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commented Dec 6, 2015

@paulguy's branch works for me.

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commented Dec 14, 2015

Tried adding the setup.py fix, executed 'python setup.py build && python setup.py install' from the home directory, got 'package directory 'src/livestreamer' does not exist'. Not sure if it's referring to a remote directory or a local one.

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commented Dec 14, 2015

You have to do it from the root of the package directory.

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commented Dec 15, 2015

So for those that have never messed with python is there a way for someone to compile an install build for WIN7 or give semi-foolproof instructions for the uStream fix?

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commented Dec 23, 2015

Paul's fix works for me too, thanks!

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commented Jan 11, 2016

Paul - from /usr/share/livestreamer, then?

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commented Jan 13, 2016

What I do is I just created a directory for it, put the source in a subdirectory and created a virtualenv in another subdirectory, then built and installed it in there.

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commented Jan 17, 2016

Hey guys, I spent the last day or so trying to figure out a handful of problems I've been getting with Livestreamer and Ustream. In the past I had found a fix here:

https://github.com/jthall/livestreamer

for the issue with Ustream's UHS streams intermittently losing chunks and freezing. It worked great for a while, unfortunately I then ran into the problem discussed in this thread, where the HD UHS streams are not found. Paul's fix took care of this right away. So using the commit logs I went through the ustreamtv.py and basically merged all of the changes from the two different fixes into one file.

I was honestly surprised that I didn't break anything when I saw it run, and everything works 99% perfectly for me now. My stream popped right up in 720p+ and I've only gotten one 2 second freeze in the last 20 minutes of letting it run, but I'm not sure if that is even related to this issue. I believe this is exactly the problem you are mentioning @liamkennedy. The only change is in the ustream plugin, so I've uploaded the file here:

https://mega.nz/#!JRlFlKhI!6T4bS08wWvZEJOv9iuvQoR52BOL-GuqvUxyn4K2ZKAs

For windows users, download it and copy/replace it into your C:\Program Files (x86)\Livestreamer\livestreamer-1.12.2-py2.7.egg\livestreamer\plugins directory.

@m4a2000, @Palmthief this should be pretty easy to make work.

I really don't understand github enough to make this a separate fork or how to integrate it into another OS, but I'm sure you guys are smart enough to make it work for you. Enjoy!

EDIT: If your current livestreamer has some conflict or incompatibility with this, the process that made this work for me was to first clean install the nightly build, then replace the ustreamtv.py file.

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commented Jan 17, 2016

Cool. If nobody else does this, I might do it eventually, but you literally just click a button on my repository to fork it, then you get a copy in your own account to make the changes, optionally in another branch, then commit it. git isn't too bad for that stuff but it is definitely daunting. There's guides out there for the basics, which I'm really only familiar with myself anyway.

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commented Jan 17, 2016

Alright, try this for the same fix.

https://github.com/spaceplumber/livestreamer

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commented Jan 18, 2016

@spaceplumber Thanks, but for windows it needs to be a .pyc not a .py and I don't know how to compile the file. That's my main issues.

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commented Jan 18, 2016

@m4a2000 not sure what you mean. I'm on windows 7 and all the files in Livestreamer\livestreamer-1.12.2-py2.7.egg\livestreamer\plugins are .py files. There's no need to compile anything. Just replace the ustreamtv.py file with the one I uploaded. You could even open the file with notepad and just copy and replace the code into the one that is already there.

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commented Jan 18, 2016

@spaceplumber I think the issue here is I went off the installer exe. For me that makes all the files in pyc files http://s22.postimg.org/jm1qd1if5/Plugin00.png I'm guessing you installed base livestreamer another way, right?

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commented Jan 19, 2016

@m4a2000 hmm interesting. I had installed it from an .exe previously so it set up the path for me. But to install the nightly build I just deleted everything in the program files livestreamer folder and pasted the files from the nightly build. Then replaced the ustreamtv.py file.

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commented Jan 25, 2016

Hi, great to hear that people still try to figure this out. I tried your file but it won't work :/

I replaced your file with mine, didn't work
I replaced the folder with the newest nightly build, then replaced the file, didn't work.
Then i simply opened your file with notepad and replaced the content with my file, also didn't work.

If i use the original py file the stream normally works with the crap 360p mobile version.

I made a screenshot of the error trying your file. Thanks so far for you help!

http://imgur.com/sqAjdAM

ps: maybe you can upload your whole livestreamer folder wich is working for you. Maybe that does the trick.

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commented Jan 26, 2016

@spaceplumber Did what you said and I got it to work. I haven't check it with bat files just yet, I'm doing that in a few hours, but it looks like I can go back to recording a talk show I like.

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commented Jan 26, 2016

@m4a2000 can you maybe upload your folder for testing ? It didn't work for me so far.

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commented Jan 27, 2016

@spaceplumber you should put in a pull request so your code can get merged in. The original dude seems to be merging stuff in now.

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commented Jan 27, 2016

@Palmthief hopefully you can make this work:

https://mega.nz/#!FEsSkLpZ!ayjaxkD_u1KFtrA1xvV6jWvFGsfd7wzkZ0BQhhHCgV4

Delete everything in your C:\Program Files (x86)\Livestreamer folder and paste in the contents of this zip after extracting it. If want to follow my process that made it work exactly (not that it was correct or even good) I uninstalled everything. Then installed livestreamer from the windows .exe installer from the website. Then I deleted everything in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Livestreamer folder, downloaded the nightly build .zip from github, and then pasted in the contents of that livestreamer folder. Then I replaced the ustreamtv.py file. I now get this for all HD Ustream streams:

http://i.imgbox.com/wORngsiz.png

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commented Jan 27, 2016

@spaceplumber

Hi, so i tried it with your file and same error :/

But then i tried the ustream.tv/opensea link and it works.

So apparantly the longer url causes the problems. Because streams starting with a "ustream.tv/channel/randomstream" or ustream.tv/explore/randomstream" cause those problems. Maybe thats why my error screen says "key error url" ?

You have an idea how to fix this ? :)

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commented Feb 8, 2016

Guess Spaceplumber gave up on me :(

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commented Feb 8, 2016

@Palmthief I tested this and found the same issue that you did. Oddly enough it works with some other channels with the /channel/ in the url. I'm not sure what's causing this.

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commented Feb 9, 2016

@spaceplumber That's a shame. Anyways thanks for you help! Maybe someone else can look into it ? So close to getting this solved :)

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commented Feb 9, 2016

@spaceplumber maybe you can skip all varnishUrls (and not only uhs_akamai)

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commented Feb 9, 2016

Thanks, skipping uhs_llnw too makes it work again here.

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commented Feb 9, 2016

Can someone walk me through how to do this ? Or maybe send the modified file to me ?

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commented Feb 9, 2016

@trUSTssc Thanks for the file. It now shows the better quality streams and loads them.

But it's constantly freezing up, sometimes it doesn't load the stream and only shows a black screen with the error...sometimes it freezes in the middle of the stream showing the error i uploaded to imgur. http://imgur.com/BhNTyhy

Reading up the Thread again i guess it's the same problem spaceplumber had.

Did you by any chance use your own ustream.py file or did you modify spaceplumber's file ? Maybe your fix overwrote spaceplumber original fix for the uhs freeze problem ?

Thanks in advance.

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commented Feb 9, 2016

@Palmthief I used the file from @spaceplumber so perhaps something else is wrong.

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commented Mar 7, 2016

@trUSTssc I tried the file, it works for a while but I get the "Failed to process module" error.

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commented Jun 24, 2016

So this issue still remains. I have followed everything here and nothing resolves the issue. Is there someone out there that can fix this?

@javiercantero javiercantero referenced a pull request that will close this issue Sep 26, 2016
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commented Sep 28, 2016

Same. I still have this issue. Maybe if someone revised the ustream plugin, i could just download the revised plugin and swap it out for the old one... on my end...

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commented Sep 28, 2016

@TheSneakySniper Maybe someone will at the new fork, https://github.com/streamlink/streamlink

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