Final guide to accessing Vodafone Live! on HTC Touch HD

touchhd I posted earlier about how to access the Mobile TV on HTC Touch HD on my blog here. But later I found out that method as an inadequate one to continue in normal usage.  So I did some more R&D at home around this and found the perfect method of doing so !

So here you go now.

My HTC Touch HD has, L26 v9.0 WWE ROM and you need following software before proceeding further.

  • AdvancedConfig – for doing the configuration changes on Internet Explorer User agent
  • PHM registry editor – for making the changes to rtsp default player

Vodafone Live! runs primarily on S60 based devices and I had an excellent experience of it running on my earlier Nokia N95. So you need to try and ‘fool’ the system at Vodafone to assume your phone as a N95 instead of Internet Explorer running on a Windows Mobile phone. To do so, you need to change the ‘mobile’ user agent string of your Internet Explore browser to the one used for N95.  Use the following steps to change the user agent string.

  1. Run AdvancedConfig
  2. Expand Internet Explorer option
  3. Click on User Agent custom base
  4. Change the value as follows

    Mozilla/5.0 (SymbianOS/9.2; U; Series60/3.1 NokiaN95/11.0.026; Profile MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1) AppleWebKit/413 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/413

Once you are done with this, to ensure that the change has worked, Open the internet explorer browser and go to the website http://www.useragentstring.com. Your browser should recognize your device as N95 using Mozilla Safari browser.

If this happens, then you have passed the first step!

Now go to Start –> Settings –> Connections –> Connections –> Advanced –> Select networks

Select “Contract WAP” as the default network and you are good to go.

Just to test if this works.. try accessing http://live.vodafone.co.uk via your Internet Explorer browser (in a Mobile mode, not Desktop mode) and see if it works for you.

It worked for me and I hope it would work for you.

However, I had one issue with HTC Streaming Media that the rtsp link would not play. Hence I had to go and change the default RTSP player to WMPlayer.exe by modifying the registry.

If you too are having similar issue, then open PHM registry editor and access the key HKCRrtspShellOpenCommand.  Change the default value from StreamingPlayer.exe to WMPlayer.exe “%1” and you should be able to view the streaming from your Windows Media player.

Try the above steps and let me know how it goes…

Thanks

6 comments

  1. Excellent.
    Works fine for me. took me a couple of goes to get the .net framework installed and the PHM tool, but I think that was just down to the mysteries of ActiveSync

  2. Thanks for your feedback. Good to know it helped ! Yeah, .net compact framework 3.5 is necessary and glad you could do that.

    I hope you do have the MobileTV pack subscription ! Otherwise be ready for huge bill next time .. lol !

  3. Ok i have had my HTC Touch Pro 2 for a couple of days now and been faffing and eventualy managed to get the Vodafone Live! page up. However its really basic and doesnt have any pictures and pretty much just consists of links on a page. As part of my package i managed to wing the Sky package free for a month and i would be really interest to see how good this is. Any ideas guys on how i can get full fat Vodafone Live! ?

  4. No worries guys i sorted it. And im now watching Sky tv on my mobile. Thanks for this awesome guide. I tried some other guides on the net but this is the only one that worked. Great job Sollers!

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