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BBC cease Windows Media broadcasting

By Josh Lincoln
Posted 27 December 2014, 7.19am est
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Looks like the BBC are ceasing all internet broadcasting. We're all gonna die...

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PRO2 years, 10 months ago

No, the BBC planned to switch off the Windows Media streams which are also used for iPlayer's catch-up audio at the end of December. This has been given a two month reprieve.

Once WMA is switched off, the BBC will provide streaming MP3 streams for internet radios and other direct streaming software such as Winamp and VLC, however there is still an issue of how listeners can access iPlayer radio on an internet radio once Windows Media is turned off.

PRO2 years, 10 months ago

So, personally: iPlayer is a product that the BBC produces, and there are no radios available with 'iPlayer inside'. There are some that connect to a listen-again service that was available for a long time before iPlayer Radio ever came along; and I think it's right that if the BBC does offer iPlayer Radio on other devices, then that user experience should be a proper one, not a cobbled-together radio receiver kludge.

BBC podcasts will continue to be made available on these radios; so much of the unique content that the BBC produces will still be available (rather than the compilations of other peoples' work, aka Radio 1 or Radio 2 music shows).

I'm prepared to lay a bet that usage for on-demand content on an internet radio is really low, and prepared to blame the dodgy interfaces for this. Someone asked me recently what the best internet radio was, and I replied: "An Android tablet and a Bluetooth speaker". That isn't, entirely, fair; but the interfaces on most of these devices leaves a lot to be desired. I don't see why the BBC should be devaluing the iPlayer Radio brand by allowing manufacturers to cobble together a listen-again service using their streams.

2 years, 10 months ago

O'k, just read a BBC blog - last update from this past Autumn, though - that made me speculate they were gonna move to another coding: it said like 'to AAC', which should essentially be not bad (for me) at all.

2 years, 10 months ago

I find the iPlayer clunky - even on a PC, let alone any of my WiFi radios (they're all the same model, by the way, the Scottish one) and mobile phones. If I listen to podcasts from the BBC, I tend to use TuneIn. However, most of the time that I want to listen to a program in the future, I set up my PC to record it when it goes out live, then I listen to it later on any MP3 playing device of my choosing. I find this easier and more convenient than having to be within range of an internet connection or WiFi/3G signal and then having to tolerate the iPlayer's idiosyncrasies, such as the user having to take such a long time to find the actual podcast, wait for the page to load up, click on a symbol then wait for that wee red circle to keep spinning for a while before it finally decides that the listener can listen to the program, only for it to stop part-way through and ten have to spend time reloading. I had exactly that experience when I tried to listen to the Radio Review, whilst going for a walk. I lost the stream 4 times. On normal streams (via apps or TuneIn) it would simply spend a few seconds to buffer but on the iPlayer, I had to put in some effort to get it to keep on playing, which included exiting iPlayer, going back in again and finding the point where I lost the stream.

PRO2 years, 10 months ago

They asked for permission to do downloads (like iPlayer TV) in 2013, and gained that permission - and even advertised it - in May this year. "Coming later this year," they said. Not much time left.

2 years, 10 months ago

I think you will find that you CAN download programmes now, well, some. Iplayer is a nightmare to navigate around. You do seem to have to go through so many clikcs to get to a programme you want. The search tool or engine is not very helpful either and often says it can't find the programme, even if the name has been typed in carefully, as stated on an EPG or TV listings Mag. And yet, scroll through the programme guides, and you find said programme.

2 years, 10 months ago

I've been using that BBC Radioplayer in browser, time to time; now it pulled a trick - forgot I'd used it for months: all about history and "hearted" stations.
Lots of stations usually won't play, others do, but some glitchy - a local BBC podcast woudn't play yesterday...

PRO2 years, 10 months ago

Lots of stations usually won't play

Sadly, many stations aren't available internationally - including in the Ukraine. And yes, that even goes for podcasts. Blame the record companies for that.

2 years, 10 months ago

...now it pulled a trick - forgot I'd used it for months: all about history and "hearted" stations.

It's back now.

2 years, 10 months ago

I disagree with the Internet radios having awkward interfaces - to be honest, I don't think they're any more awkward than DAB radios, and they are still being touted by the industry as the future. I love my Roberts Stream 83i as I have FM, DAB and Internet all at the push of a button. Unless it exclusively broadcasts on AM, I'm can get everything.

PRO2 years, 10 months ago

"Not more awkward than DAB radios" is not a compliment.

PRO2 years, 10 months ago

I don't even have a what is considered an internet radio. I use my Android phone with either Tunein or XiiaLive.

I haven't used a standard internet radio, however DAB is easy to use for simple tuning.

2 years, 10 months ago

Internet radio or an internet radio device?
Everything routed through the Internet is internetthing.

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