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Wannabe Geek


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

There has been discussion on this forum (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=44&topicid=96243) 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 60.234.60.132 or 60.234.60.134.  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 60.234.60.196 or 60.234.60.202.  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.
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=49&topicid=95560 Choose ones that do not block external connections.  Telecom DNS servers 202.27.158.40 and 202.27.158.72 work.

or 2.   Amend the hosts file on your PC so that one of the good IPs (60.234.60.196 or 60.234.60.202) is used by isky.  Copy and paste the block below into the hosts file (I have used 60.234.60.202, you could choose either of the IPs)

60.234.60.202       fs-574f500000000000.id.velocix.com      #skysport 1
60.234.60.202       fs-3b4f500000000000.id.velocix.com      #skysport 2
60.234.60.202       fs-2a4f500000000000.id.velocix.com      #skysport 3
60.234.60.202       fs-f74e500000000000.id.velocix.com      #sky News
60.234.60.202       fs-184f500000000000.id.velocix.com      #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 http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=44&topicid=111285&page_no=1#716082

Those domain names are wrong - they have changed to:

60.234.60.202 fs-da4e500000000000.id.velocix.com #sky sport 1
60.234.60.202 fs-be4e500000000000.id.velocix.com #sky sport 2
60.234.60.202 fs-2a4f500000000000.id.velocix.com #sky sport 3
60.234.60.202 fs-c90c7f0000000000.id.velocix.com #national geographic
60.234.60.202 fs-d10c7f0000000000.id.velocix.com #animal planet
60.234.60.202 fs-f74e500000000000.id.velocix.com #sky news nz
60.234.60.202 fs-184f500000000000.id.velocix.com #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:

address=/.id.velocix.com/60.234.60.196

in your /etc/dnsmasq.conf - will resolve *.id.velocix.com to 60.234.60.196

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

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