When I run vlc from the command line and pass it the url of a stream I want to listen to, it works:

$ vlc http://14143.live.streamtheworld.com/CJMOFMAAC

But when I try to open this url from within VLC via the GUI to play a network stream, it fails and gives me an error, VLC is unable to open the MRL 'http://14143.live.streamtheworld.com/CJMOFMAAC'.

Where in the GUI can I give it the same string that I'm passing it via the command line?

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    Selecting menu item "Media -> Open Network Stream" and pasting the http url works for me! How did you try to open this URL/stream in the GUI?
    – jehad
    Jun 16, 2016 at 14:39
  • That's the same method I used, though I'm just realizing that I might be getting blocked by my office's firewall. The thing is, capturing this stream is actually for a work project! Jun 16, 2016 at 14:57
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    The usual blocked-by-proxy problem. Thanks for posting an answer showing how to set the proxy in VLC.
    – jehad
    Jun 16, 2016 at 18:27

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Turns out that I needed to enter my proxy settings into VLC. Under Tools -> Preferences -> Input / Codecs -> Network -> HTTP proxy URL I put in my.proxy.domain:port

This did the trick.

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