Only radio station audio streams in an https (https://url…) format can be played on the UK Radio Portal website.
This is a general issue not specific to UKRP, due to Internet browsers moving away from supporting a mix of insecure (http) connections and secure (https) content. The UKRP website, in-keeping with best practice security conventions, uses https, and thus requires streams are required to to be presented in an https format.
In order to ensure compatibility with the UKRP website player, broadcasters are please requested to provide an https audio stream URL.
Official Google Statement
Link: “No More Mixed Messages About HTTPS”
Thursday, October 3, 2019Today we’re announcing that Chrome will gradually start ensuring that https:// pages can only load secure https:// subresources. In a series of steps outlined below, we’ll start blocking mixed content (insecure http:// subresources on https:// pages) by default. This change will improve user privacy and security on the web, and present a clearer browser security UX to users.
In Chrome 80, mixed audio and video resources will be autoupgraded to https://, and Chrome will block them by default if they fail to load over https://. Chrome 80 will be released to early release channels in January 2020. Users can unblock affected audio and video resources with the setting described above”
Whilst on-boarding radio stations into UK Radio Portal, we have learned that a number of radio stations have experienced this issue, and have found their audio streams to have stopped working on some websites.
UKRP hosts and operates it’s own audio streaming servers which fully support https. If you would like to find out about using UKRP servers to carry your stream, either by transitioning over in full, or whereby UKRP can ingest your existing http stream and create an https version (thus mitigating disruption to existing devices/users), please contact us.