Suggestionspermalink

Real Player required for radio programs

This discussion has been closed.

  • First
  • Last
  • Message 1. Posted by Luminousc (U13829803) on Saturday, 7th September 2041 permalink

    Hi BBC,

    I'm an avid fan of iPlayer, and generally like to listen to my favorite shows whilst I work.

    However, since yesterday, I've been unable to catch up on them as iPlayer now seems to require that I install Real Player.

    Can you please explain why BBC has chosen to require this software. I am not sure that you understand that Real Networks business practices have been called into question many times due to the fact that the install and use of of Real Player tends to lead to spyware being co-installed on your machine.

    Although it is possible to opt-out in some cases. I'd still hate to think of a nation of iPlayer fans getting their machines bogged down and their browsing habits snooped on purely because they had unwittingly opened the door to Real Networks and their morally questionable revenue stream.

    Although I wont be installing Real Player and so will no longer be able to use iPlayer I would still really appreciate it if you could provide me and others concerned at this choice some form of explanation.

    thanks
    Craig

    complain

  • Message 2. Posted by carguy143 (U13842835) on Tuesday, 17th September 2041 permalink

    I agree, but i have never been asked to download realplayer.

    I don't like realplayer personally. It's full of adverts and really does reduce PC speed for a start, not to mention the fact that once installed you always seem to have to pay for a better version to get the features available on other media players such as windows media player, although others are available.

    complain

    This is a reply to this message.

  • Message 3. Posted by Rhubarb (U13848318) on Thursday, 19th September 2041 permalink

    You're right about RealPlayer, but I only see .asx streams, which open with Windows Media Player by default. Where are you seeing links to RealPlayer? If I click on Radio Stations at the top of iPlayer, then BBC Radio 1 (for example) then Listen Live in the top right hand corner, it opens a page with WMP embedded on it (below a Flash object). No RealPlayer needed.

    complain

    This is a reply to this message.

  • Message 4. Posted by matt (U8621220) on Sunday, 22nd September 2041 permalink

    The BBC offers an ad-free version of real player here: www.bbc.co.uk/webwis...

    complain

    This is a reply to this message.

  • First
  • Last

Copyright © 2014 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.