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BBC Radio Online Stream Disruption

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  • Message 1. Posted by SO (U14222862) on Monday, 4th April 2011permalink

    Online streams for BBC Radio are being disrupted. The level of disruption varies across stations. Listen Again programmes play fine, with no disruptions as with iPlayer TV shows.

    The problem centers around the BBC Radio streams.

    As an example when listening to BBC Radio 1 live, iPlayer states that the the current stream is

    bbc_radio_one | 128kbps | aac | AK

    The stream breaks up with regularity at around 5 to 10 seconds there is a 'blip' of silence in the stream.

    I have also got the BBC Radio 1 Stream:

    Windows Media Audio 9.1
    128 kbps, 44 kHz, stereo 1-pass CBR

    Which plays in Windows Media Player.

    When I play the iPlayer live stream and the WMP stream the WMP stream is around 5 or 6 seconds delayed. The blips in the stream appear on iPlayer then on the WMP stream at the exact same time and place. This can be observed due to the delay and can be shown to happen at the exact same time.

    I have listened to the service through my main computer with Windows 7 and FireFox, then Internet Explorer, then on my laptop with Windows XP again with FireFox and then Internet Explorer. OS and Browser version makes no difference.

    I have also been able to verify the streams blip at the same point across different Internet connections at the same point.

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  • Message 2. Posted by eddwilson (U96950) on Monday, 4th April 2011permalink

    Nicely documented!

    I'm up to one second silences every minute or so.

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  • Message 3. Posted by SO (U14222862) on Monday, 4th April 2011permalink

    Thanks

    For anyone who would like to verify, the WMP streams [.asx format] can be found here:
    www.radiofeeds.co.uk...

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  • Message 4. Posted by superb_lulu (U14387811) on Monday, 4th April 2011permalink

    Hello. I have the same problem! What is the solution?

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  • Message 5. Posted by 2db (U14767800) on Monday, 4th April 2011permalink

    I can't help, but can report that over on the sonos forums (www.sonos.com) there are lots of complaints about this problem with the BBC streams.

    Everyone with sonos systems can listen to any other stream fine, but BBC live streams (in particular Radio 1) are unbearable become of the problems described above.

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