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THOUGHT: What's wrong with Windows Mobile 5.0 and its streaming capabilities?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 06.08.05 - 21:07:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 17971x
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Today I was working on several Multimedia reviews including my promised highpad Media Control review and a Orb Networks comparison with the highpad Media Control client but unfortunately I noticed, that something went wrong with Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10 Mobile steaming capabilities and Windows Mobile 5.0.
In fact you you can not stream anymore! 8O Or at least I'm not able to get it working! :?

One of the benefits of highpad Media Control (as well as Orb) is to access your media content on your home PC remotely to get it streamed to your Pocket PC.
This works pretty good with a Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition device and Windows Media 10 Mobile:

However, if you try the same (using the same highpad Media Control client) with Windows Mobile 5.0 you get the following result:

The same happens with video streams, with Windows Mobile 2003SE it works, with 5.0 it doesn't:

My first thought was that highpad Media Control might be not "optimized" for use with Windows Mobile 5.0 (and indeed, it wasn't developed with Magneto in mind but anyway, everything else works fine as with Windows Mobile 2003SE) and therefore I've decided to try WindowsMedia.com mobile (which is a Internet Explorer Mobile favorite also):

But when I've tapped a link I got this error message:

Next try was a live streaming of one of my Media Center PC radio station URLs which work on both, my Media Center PC and Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition:

With Windows Mobile 5.0, some of my live streams, others don't and stop after two seconds. Radio FFH is working and streaming constantly:

While Bayern 3 is stopping after 2 seconds:

Interesting enough that FFH, which is working, seems to encode with Windows Media 8 while Bayern 3 is encoding with Windows Media 9 (which is also used by highpad Media Control and Orb). Now I wonder if Windows Media 10 Mobile (running on Windows Mobile 5.0) isn't able to use the newer Windows Media 9 codec but the older Windows Media 8 only? :? I have no clue yet but have to investigate since otherwise, with Windows Mobile 5.0, my mobile Multimedia experiences would drop which I enjoy way too much to cancel it that easy.

Anybody here has an idea what's going wrong with Windows Mobile 5.0? by the way, I made the same experiences with my Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone, so it's platform related, not device related. :-(

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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