Google have recently introduced a new ‘feature’ to its Chrome browser that won’t allow what it calls ‘insecure content’ on secure sites.
This is causing not only CMR’s streaming service to fail on Chrome but is impacting countless Community Stations across the UK. The main reason is that the system that CMR and almost all community radio stations use is served by a protocol known as ‘http’. This is the historic way that webpages containing audio have been delivered for many years. Although it is ‘insecure’ it is a perfectly safe way to stream the audio feed from our station. Google is trying to force the entire web to go over to the more secure protocol ‘https’ – and while it is a good thing, it will take many of the systems currently in use, time to catch up.
Below is a way for you to tell Chrome to allow ‘insecure content’ on a particular site. This will allow our stream to play in the Chrome browser until the network is upgraded to https.
If you follow the instructions below, it will have the effect of Chrome telling you that the whole site is ‘not secure’ – this is simply not true and is Google’s way of trying to scare everyone into doing whatever they can to get rid of that warning. Just bear in mind that the method below is only going to change your settings specific to Celtic Music Radio’s site. The site is still secure, you are only allowing the stream to make it through Google’s security measure.
First go to the preferences in Chrome:-
Click on ‘Privacy and Security’
Click on ‘Site Settings’ and scroll right down to the bottom to find ‘Insecure Content’
In the Allow section click on ‘Add’ – put in celticmusicradio.net (just like that, no additions or extensions)
It will look like this when you have finished
Remember that Chrome will tell you that the whole site is ‘Not Secure’ – this is because you are allowing the stream through and can be safely ignored.
If you simply don’t want to do this fix or have reservations, you can also install a different browser on your machine that does not enforce the ‘Insecure Content’ rule.
There’s Firefox (very secure)
A New browser called Brave that aims to make the web more secure
If you are still having problems – get in touch via our contact form and we’ll see if we can help