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New online radio player by BBC and commercial radio
Tuesday 24 November 2009 17:55:55 by Andrew Ferguson

Directories listing the various UK radio stations that have a live online feed are nothing new, but the BBC and commercial radio have revealed a joint venture entitled UK Radioplayer that should mean that people listening to radio online will be able to jump around stations while staying within the same radio player.

The press release tells us that the pop-up console will be able to stream over 400 stations, which will be a mixture of licensed national, local, community and student radio stations. A key feature would appear to be the search functionality allowing people to look for specific types of shows and music. A BBC blog has a video demo of what some of the features embedded within the console will be. These include support for advertising, programme sponsorship and other interactive content. The radio player, while initially limited to personal computers, will in later releases support smartphones and IPTV set-top boxes.

As with projects like Canvas, this project will require approval from the BBC trust. Approval is not a foregone conclusion, the Canvas project is still in the balance with opposition from some broadcasters not involved in the 'open' project.


Posted by KeithJillings over 7 years ago
But what a pity the BBC only streams in WMA - a Microsoft patented format that doesn't work on many devices. All the other stations I listen to use open standards like AAC. I suppose the BBC doesn't really want to be part of the digital revolution. Betamax all over again.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
^^^ Dunno where you got that from but its incorrect. Radio one as an example can be listened to using an flv container and the aac codec
Posted by chrysalis over 7 years ago
bbc not commercial company yet use highly commercialised standards. Do we still not get football match commentary not streamed?
Posted by meldrew over 7 years ago
Interesting article in The Times today by a certain J Clarkson on paying for internet content. Conclusion seems to be if its not free then many will be happy to do without it. Having used the internet since it was invented I despair at the commerciality of it, but, hey, that's progress for you......
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
Pointless trying to charge for something you can just as easily get for free, take murdoch and his crazy idea to charge to read news online..... Then take into account all the media outlets, somehow i dont see many paying him LOL
Posted by mikehuk over 7 years ago
BBC Reinventing the wheel when there is already a brilliant free player called Songbird from Mozilla who also make Firefox
Posted by dayday01 over 7 years ago
Will it work with Mac OSX Snow Leopard [aka 10.6.x]?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
Songbird is available for windows, MAC and Linux, though what it has to do with this story i dunno. Its available from
Posted by chasingclouds over 7 years ago
Paying for news on line seems to have, shall we say, a limited appeal? Bit like those bookreader screens, a few will pay or put it on expenses (somehow!) while the rest of us will manage without Murdoch news...
Songbird may be brilliant but it has on my xp machine proved unreliable and buggy. I keep on trying the latest versions and then uninstalling it- pity.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
^^^ I dont like songbird either or none of the similar apps, for a free music fix legally lastfm, spotify and others is much quicker and means another app you dont have to bloat your computer with.
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