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The end of iPlayer Radio

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  • Message 1. Posted by Squirrel (U961634) on Monday, 24th January 2011permalink

    While BBC iPlayer has been a good home for online radio, the way audiences want to interact with radio and music online is different to TV. Radio and music will come out of BBC iPlayer, and we’ll develop a new stand-alone product.


    www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/...

    I wonder if the new product will work better?

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  • Message 2. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Monday, 24th January 2011permalink

    It may well be ok for those of us like myself in the UK.

    Overseas users of iPlayer radio, and for that matter the Windows streams and various other devices have often reported problems, I guess cuts were predictable.

    I wonder how long it will take to get the new system working, BBC software releases and site changes over the previous year were often rather problematic. And of course it is goodbye to this message board as already commented:
    "Our days are numbered..." - www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

    As asked elsewhere in one of the blogs, will this be a catchup service or merely live radio.

    What is the timetable for shutting the messageboard and iPlayer Radio service I wonder ?

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  • Message 3. Posted by lifeonmarsfan (U14300854) on Monday, 24th January 2011permalink

    Wow, this all makes me wish I still had my dad's old shortwave radio. But if your audio has gone digital, I don't think I can get the signals since the old shortwave is analogue.

    Ah well, it had to end some time I guess. I'll miss it when it's gone. We don't have radio content on American radio like you do. All we have is music and talk as well as news. But when the media is nothing but stenographers for the government, it's not worth listening to the radio any more. My refuge had been BBC radio, but now that's going away too.

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  • Message 4. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Tuesday, 25th January 2011permalink

    The shortwave broadcasts would be BBC World Service. I always used to take a shortwave radio with me when working outside the UK. IIRC Shortwave ceased to North America 2002 & most of Europe in 2008. For existing options see
    "18 ways to listen..." - www.bbc.co.uk/worlds...

    And for ordinary BBC radio see
    "How can I listen to BBC Radio stations and programmes online?" - faq.external.bbc.co....

    Of course the BBC is *improving* the service by axing Radio on iPlayer, and who knows what or when the replacement will be.

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  • Message 5. Posted by Squirrel (U961634) on Tuesday, 25th January 2011permalink



    More ways to listen on the way and ways to listen to more:

    www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/...

    But I'm still not really sure if that means there will or will not be a listen again catch-up type service for BBC Radio.

    smiley - huh

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  • Message 6. Posted by Squirrel (U961634) on Tuesday, 25th January 2011permalink



    Feedback answers that question:

    Squirrel, yes, everything that you can currently listen to on the radio station web sites and on iPlayer will be available in the new 'radio and music product'. It will also be easier to find and share.

    Steve Bowbrick, blogs editor, BBC Radio

    www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/...

    Function will be the same, form will change again...

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  • Message 7. Posted by Cat In Boots (U13672446) on Tuesday, 25th January 2011permalink

    This might be a problem (sorry "issue") though....

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/e...

    No doubt these cuts will eventually filter through to on-line radio services as well.

    Thin edges of several wedges I would say.

    smiley - blackcat

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  • Message 8. Posted by romseyraver (U14683255) on Thursday, 3rd February 2011permalink

    I assume that what this thread is referring to is the envisaged replacement of radio through the iPlayer platform with radio received through the proposed online radioplayer portal. I say envisaged because, apart from a couple of references in BBC blogs, I cannot find any information about this new platform. We were informed that it would be up and running in February 2011, but here we are and nothing has actually happened - not even any indication from the BBC about a revised launch date.

    I am wondering whether I have missed an important announcement [at least for radio listeners], but all I can find when googling 'radioplayer' is the same dull grey website that has been knocking about for the past year without any meaningful content on it, let alone any notion that we are about to get a viable alternative to the iPlayer.

    Does anyone out there know when this new 200 + channel portal will actually launch? Or am I right in suspecting that the BBC can no longer find the funds or the enthusiasm to see this project through.

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  • Message 9. Posted by Squirrel (U961634) on Thursday, 3rd February 2011permalink



    romseyraver:

    Radioplayer is running in beta - although I am not a user.

    www.ukradioplayer.in...

    In addition to that project, there is to be a NEW radio and music product from the BBC. Assurances have been given that functionality will not be lost and it will be easier to use...

    Have you seen the update to the blog entry?

    " UPDATE: In response to the queries in several comments below. Existing iPlayer/BBC website features including 7 day catch up, live streaming, podcast, clips, selected archive and availability on other devices will remain and be fully integrated into the new product/player. "


    Read the whole "Delivering Quality First: plans for online radio" story and comment here:

    www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/...

    smiley - smiley

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  • Message 10. Posted by romseyraver (U14683255) on Thursday, 3rd February 2011permalink

    Thanks for that squirrel.

    But I'm not sure my confusion has dissipated. As I now understand it the existing BBC radio site will be ditched in favor of the radioplayer site, but the existing iPlayer site will be split into a TV site and a radio site. Is that correct?

    Second question, is the beta radioplayer already accessible, or is it BBC eyes only? And third, do we know when it will come out of beta, i.e when it will be up and running for the likes of us?

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  • Message 11. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Saturday, 5th February 2011permalink

    I think I may have seen mention of the date 15th Feb in the blogs, regarding launch of UK RadioPlayer on the BBC radio pages.

    I also believe it mentions the BBC having a second console for radio content. I wonder if the overseas users will loose out again and end up waiting for improvements to provide them a full service whilst these changes take place.

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  • Message 12. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Saturday, 26th February 2011permalink

    Seems overseas users will be ok :
    "Radioplayer"
    - www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb... - (from James Cridland no less)

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  • Message 13. Posted by Pocrowe (U14802216) on Wednesday, 2nd March 2011permalink

    I am in Canada and since 28 February i have not been able to access BBC radio stations via my internet radio. I get 'Can not open selected media' message when I try to select the stations. My radio is up to date with it's software. I can still access podcasts. Does anyone know when or if the BBC will be remedying this problem. I can assess live BBC radio via my laptop but this is not a suitable long term solution. Help .

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  • Message 14. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Thursday, 3rd March 2011permalink

    I am not sure it is strictley an on topic subject, but no one is realy going to bother about that. I suggest you start a new thread of your own.

    State what brand and model the Internet Radio is, and what the portal is you use to get internet radio. Are you not able to get any BBC Radio stations at all ?

    If you do consider it is a BB problem you will need to send of a report on the BBC contact form, see BBC faq: iplayerhelp.external...

    It may be of interest if you try using your computer to access BBC Windows streams for live radio, do they work, see faq.external.bbc.co....

    ( Your Computer will by default use FlashPlayer streams, you should have the option to use the Windows Media streams - assuming your computer is of the Windows type)

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  • Message 15. Posted by startreksteve (U14815522) on Wednesday, 16th March 2011permalink

    Does anyone know whether UK Radioplayer will kill usage of the Get_Iplayer program which allows downloading of BBC radio shows to mp3?

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  • Message 16. Posted by Squirrel (U961634) on Wednesday, 16th March 2011permalink

    Get_Iplayer program which allows downloading of BBC radio shows to mp3


    Interesting use of the word "allows" smiley - winkeye it doesn't sound like a very DRM compliant legal piece of software.

    The answer to your question is probably, yes it will but someone will write an application to rip UK Radioplayer quite soon!

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