I had completely forgotten that I had RealPlayer (seldom used) on my Linux box. Soooo, I fired it up and checked the site out with my Linux-version RealPlayer. Results? The same thing - first the ad then nothing. Apparently the idea is to quickly run the ad while loading up the buffer then make a switch to the live programming.
I don't think it's a problem with RealPlayer as far as receiving the stream, etc. because it quickly connects and plays the ad just fine. Anyone with RealOne or RealPlayer? I'd appreciate some feedback to confirm this. I know that WinAmp works (receives ad and switches to live broadcast) but haven't received any responses from anyone who's connected using RealOne/RealPlayer.