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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 101428 1-May-2012 22:08 Send private message

There has been discussion on this forum ( and others about the ongoing issue of iSky Live stopping and buffering every 10-20 seconds practically making iSky Live unwatchable.  This problem seems to be confined to TelstraClear users and although TelstraClear are aware of the problem, it has now been ongoing for several months.  

I have had the same issue and have been advised by TelstraClear that it will be fixed in their next software update - whenever that might occur.

After being frustrated for the last month or so when wanting to watch isky live, I have researched the issue and found the following:

When using isky live with the TelstraClear DNS servers, isky live connects to IPs or  Ping times for these IP addresses are around 170 -190ms, and isky live will continually rebuffer.  When using isky live with Telecom DNS servers (or other NZ open DNS servers), isky connects to IPs or  Ping times for these IP addresses are around 23 -26ms and isky live works perfectly.

So there are 2 possible solutions I have come up with.  Either should work.

1.   Change the DNS servers in your router from the TelstraClear DNS servers to other NZ open DNS servers. Choose ones that do not block external connections.  Telecom DNS servers and work.

or 2.   Amend the hosts file on your PC so that one of the good IPs ( or is used by isky.  Copy and paste the block below into the hosts file (I have used, you could choose either of the IPs)      #skysport 1      #skysport 2      #skysport 3      #sky News      #CNN

Happy iSky viewing!

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 716172 13-Nov-2012 08:46 Send private message

For those who are following this thread, here is a crosspost from here

Those domain names are wrong - they have changed to: #sky sport 1 #sky sport 2 #sky sport 3 #national geographic #animal planet #sky news nz #cnn

Well, I think only the sports ones have changed.

Anyway, if you have control over your router, and use dnsmasq for dns, then you cant put this:


in your /etc/dnsmasq.conf - will resolve * to

Then when the domain names inevitably change, you won't be affected. That is what I've done anyway.

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