Some iCal views into /programme data
UPDATE: Due to the webcal:// URI scheme not being official, and causing problems and confusion for people when subscribing to calendars in some browsers, and on some OS'es, I have removed them from this article.
iCalendar is a standard for calendar data exchange. It is most notably used by Apple's iCal application, Microsoft's Outlook and Google Calendar, to import and export calendar information. We thought that some of the views in /programmes would also work well in the iCal format, so we have exposed a few for you to subscribe to, and play with. We don't yet have public links pointing to these urls ( the work to automagically display all available formats per url is in progress ), but I have stuck some examples below so you can get the idea. We'll start with day schedules examples:
Subscribe to the day schedule for BBC One London:
or any day:
or the day schedule for Radio 6 Music:
Upcoming episodes that are in the genre Music/Dance & Electronica on the BBC:
Upcoming episodes that are in the genre Music/Dance & Electronica on Radio 1:
Upcoming episodes in the genre Sport/Athletics on the BBC
Upcoming episodes of Eastenders
Upcoming (New) episodes of Eastenders
Episodes of Eastenders available to watch again
Hopefully, that should get you going. Checkout the actual urls to see how they are constructed, this will help you experiment with others.
The Feeds above are all available to subscribe to. This means that in your iCal supported calendar of choice, you would choose to Subscibe to a calendar instead of just importing one. This would expect a URL (like the ones above), and will normally allow you to add how often you would like the URL checked for updates.
A note though. If you choose a top level genre to subscribe to on the BBC, like for instance Music, you will find that amount of data returned will overwhelm your calendar. In this case choose a sub-genre below to filter down the results.
Finally a photo of my phone, with some upcoming Sci-Fi programmes on the BBC showing. Just because I like to live the stereotype.