Help and Frequently Asked Questions
How to best see this website
How to listen to audio online
BBCSinhala.com audio clips can be found across the website, as stand-alone links or embedded into relevant stories.
In order to play these clips, you will need a connection to the internet of at least 56 kbps (dial-up), but better results will be achieved with a fast broadband connection.For clips embedded in stories, you will need the Flash Player plug-in for your internet browser.
Click here to download Flash Player*:
For other audio and video files, you will need either Real Player or Windows Media Player.
Click here to download Windows Media Player*:
All the plug-ins you need to access our content on bbcsinhala.co.uk are FREE to download and use. You will never have to give any payment details such as your credit card number.
When you download these plug-ins, you will be asked to agree to some terms and conditions with the other company. This does not involve the BBC. They should also tell you what they will do with your personal information.
Syndication - RSS + ATOM (full text) feeds
RSS feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and video in one place, as soon as it is published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.
There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people plump for 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.
What is GMT?
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is the time measured on the Earth's zero degree line of longitude, or meridian.
BBC World Service times are normally shown in GMT (although our online schedules also show local times).