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I don't suppose we could hear a few editions of Stop the Week on 4extra as a tribute?
soundgeek, have you tried clearing the flashplayer cache? See my comment http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbiplayer/NF13735684?thread=8140656&latest=1#p107777533
The third picture might be from The Brains Trust
Can you state the minimum browser and flash versions needed to run Radioplayer? Doesn't seem to work properly on my Asus netbook.
@alex kendall: I believe the Magic Box Imp is based on a Reciva module, so it is probably using the replacement Windows streams already. The Reciva support forum at https://forum.reciva.com/ should provide further help.
Latest update on WMA listen-again streams in a new post
Thanks for the update, Alan.
Regarding Andrew's comment (4), I reiterate the point I raised on the iPlayer board: with the WMA live streams, there is only one URL (say .../r4.asx) which delivers either the UK or the international ASX content depending on the connecting client's IP address. Can the same not be done with the listen-again ASX files? Then aggregators/portals can access and deliver just a single URL for the listen-again ASX, and the BBC's servers will provide the appropriate ASX content based on geo-location. Requiring a portal to perform geo-location should not be necessary, and having to offer a choice of UK or international URLs is crude.
March 2010 is when the BBC will switch off RealAudio streams for live and listen-again for the national stations. Radio 4 FM is available live as a Windows Media Audio stream
now and beyond March 2010, if your PC and/or WiFi radio can play that format. R4 FM programmes will also be provided in WMA for listen-again.
When the WMA listen-again streams become available, I hope to see them linked from the iPlayer pages in text-only mode, as the Real streams used to be. If not already part of the plan, the BBC should seriously consider the suggestion.
beebotron.org is your friend.
Follow the link in comment 54 above to the RadioLabs blog for the latest info. The BBC expect to start producing listen-again in WMA format sometime next month, so WiFi Frontier will update their portal after that.
"we came to the decision that RealMedia was something we needed to phase out."
When exactly did you make that decision?
Can you check that iPlayer is not using the new local radio WMA live streams when in "lower bandwidth" mode as mentioned here
and get it fixed, please?
Another deftly-handled transition with no rollover
Could you not have added WMA without removing RealAudio at all, thus avoiding this unfortunate situation?
The national stations have on-demand in RealAudio, why be different? Or is this foreshadowing a change of national on-demand from RA to WMA?
Why use mp3 for local radio streaming when the nationals are using AAC?
Re: Archive (hour) on 4, I don't object to the repeat but I do object to it being a shortened repeat. You might get away with editting In Our Time from the live broadcast, as there might be a certain amount of um-er-ah that can be cut, but in a pre-recorded programme like the Archive, you're just short-changing those who only hear the "repeat".
If you're going to repeat Archive, do it justice and have the repeat the same as the original -- ditto In our Time, come to that.
Veering off-station, the same applies to Radio 7's Garrison Keillor show -- I've abandoned this in favour of the original two-hour Prairie Home Companion avaiilable on RTE Choice and numerous US stations on the Internet.
@James Cridland re 103
The Coyopa-encoded Real on-demand programmes appear to be at 44kbps, rather than the 64kbps that the previous encoder used. Any particular reason for this?
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