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Posted by wcarle (277 posts) -

Hey all, we've finally improved the way you subscribe to premium podcasts, here are the details!

Subscribing to Premium Podcasts

Those of you who subscribed to our premium podcasts know it was kind of a pain to get them working in some of your Podcast players, well we have a much better solution now. Premium podcast URLs now contain a key at the end of the URL so you no longer have to use your username/password!

Simply copy the url from either the feeds page or the podcast RSS button on the individual podcast page (Make sure you're logged in first!):

http://www.giantbomb.com/feeds/

http://www.giantbomb.com/podcasts/premiumbombcast/

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The URL you copy should look like this:

http://www.giantbomb.com/podcast-xml/premiumbombcast?api_key=<KEY>

You can then paste that URL into your podcast app and, like magic, you're subscribed to the podcast (or video feed)!

We've tested this in many different podcast apps, but if you have any issues let us know in the bug reporting forum!

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#1 Posted by Zer0Evil (23 posts) -

Great Job.

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#2 Edited by beforet (3376 posts) -

Will this kill/reset current feed subscriptions?

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#3 Posted by wcarle (277 posts) -

@beforet: nope, the old method of authentication still works so you should be fine. You should probably switch it out though, im sure at some point we'll disable the old method

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#4 Posted by GigaRAM (11 posts) -

Pocket Casts' web app seemed to just get very confused by the RSS feeds, but adding them through the Android app worked perfectly <3

Also, any chance of maybe one day adding the pre-Premium Bombcast's to the Premium Bombcast feed? I sorta have to subscribe to both feeds if I want to go back and listen to pre-2013 ones, I know that's probably not a huge priority, but would be cool sometime <3

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#5 Posted by Forcen (2290 posts) -

Nice! Is this the same key as our general API key? Will it reset when we change passwords?

Any chance the filesize for the mp3 files in the rss feeds can be fixed? I think the length="10853" value should be bytes in the file but it displays the seconds of the mp3 or something. This makes it look like every podcast is about 10kbytes.. Not a huge issue but a persistent one.

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#6 Edited by wcarle (277 posts) -

@forcen: Nope the API key will not regenerate if you update your password

Also I never realized the length was set wrong! I just fixed that, it'll be up early next week

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#7 Posted by SleepingLesson (187 posts) -

Will the username/password feed we're already subscribed to continue to function?

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#8 Posted by wcarle (277 posts) -

Will the username/password feed we're already subscribed to continue to function?

Yes, that will work for the foreseeable future, but we will decommission it eventually so best to switch over if you can

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#9 Posted by SleepingLesson (187 posts) -
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#10 Posted by KidOldman (6 posts) -

@gigaram: Hey, I'm also an android pocketCasts user. Could you explain a bit more how you managed to sub to the premium casts using it? I have tried a couple things but it doesn't seem to connect. Thanks in advance!

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#11 Posted by ryanfretwell (1 posts) -

Thanks guys! Works great in Overcast.

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#12 Posted by xanadu (1169 posts) -

Worked very easily, thanks!

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#13 Edited by frytup (590 posts) -

You guys should stick a FAQ heading at the top of the page and add this stuff.

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#14 Edited by dpranker (3 posts) -

Will this work with google play? I assume no since you have to follow specific podcasts there rather than entering a URL, but just checking, thanks!

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#15 Posted by wcarle (277 posts) -

@gigaram: Hey, I'm also an android pocketCasts user. Could you explain a bit more how you managed to sub to the premium casts using it? I have tried a couple things but it doesn't seem to connect. Thanks in advance!

For pocket casts just copy the url from the podcast page on the site (while logged in)

Then in the pocket casts app paste the URL into the search bar in the pocket casts app (from the 'Discover' page of the app)

@dpranker said:

Will this work with google play? I assume no since you have to follow specific podcasts there rather than entering a URL, but just checking, thanks!

Unfortunately Google Play does not allow you to enter podcast URLs manually :(

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/play/gxWtWoSYzKQ

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#16 Posted by Baltimore (376 posts) -

THANK YOU!

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#17 Posted by ArtisanBreads (8074 posts) -

Thanks guys. I know this seems dumb for some and probably is but I had never had this working.

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#18 Posted by Mendelson9 (539 posts) -

I'm having trouble with adding the HD feed for Best of Giant Bomb. It only shows up to episode 108 back from October. The High feed works and is up-to-date. I'm using Pocket Casts on Android. All audio feeds work great.

I'm not sure if this is a Pocket Casts issue, I know this app has had problems with protected feeds in the past.

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#19 Posted by LiquidSaiyan3 (543 posts) -

This is awesome! Thanks for doing this

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#20 Posted by wcarle (277 posts) -

@mendelson9: Yeah looks like this is a problem with that feed, I'll put in a ticket to get it fixed!

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#21 Posted by Mendelson9 (539 posts) -

@wcarle: Sweet, thank you for all your hard work.

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#22 Posted by Larzhino (7 posts) -

Hey thanks gang!

For whatever reason this way finally pulls down the updated Beastcast icon for me. Finally free of the confusion of 2 identical logos for 2 different podcasts!

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#23 Posted by Forcen (2290 posts) -
@wcarle said:

@forcen: Nope the API key will not regenerate if you update your password

Also I never realized the length was set wrong! I just fixed that, it'll be go early next week

Awesome! It looks like it happens for the video feeds also, don't forget those. Thanks for fixing that!

Should we use https in the rss links now, that will be the default soon anyway right? It's nice when the api key is in the URL.

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#24 Edited by Anthony (275 posts) -

THANK YOU! While this was definitely the most first world problem ever I appreciate the work you did.

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#25 Edited by Telexen (23 posts) -

Seems to work perfectly from the Pocket Casts web player

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#26 Posted by ObsideonDarman (827 posts) -

Can I add this to iTunes?

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#27 Posted by wcarle (277 posts) -
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#28 Edited by steffenkusch (1 posts) -

Brillant

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#29 Posted by elfinke (46 posts) -

Nice, thanks. Is this likely to have had anything to do with the premium podcasts recently not working? I download them via Podcast Addict on Android, and after just a few minutes of playing the app would say that the format cannot be played, try another app. But no other app would play them either, like I was getting a corrupted file or something.

So I've resorted to just streaming directly from the website, via Chrome on my phone to get around this.

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#30 Posted by wcarle (277 posts) -

@elfinke: I'm not hearing any other reports of this, was it working for you before with the old method of authentication? Nothing really changed other than the initial feed call, which shouldn't affect the file download. Can you try using https? https://feedurl?

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#31 Posted by milkohol (29 posts) -

Awesome! Thanks for this!

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#32 Posted by elfinke (46 posts) -

@wcarle: yeah from the lack of reports on forums and here I figured something goofy was happening at my end. In any event, the error is still popping up.

I'll dig in properly tonight, reinstall the apps and try your suggestion, see what happens. Thanks!

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#33 Posted by tyn0mite (137 posts) -

Thanks!