iPlayer Radio

BBC to enable time-limited downloads of radio content via iPlayer on web and apps

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:45pm

The BBC has decided to significantly expand radio content downloads via its iPlayer platform on the web and mobile devices, beginning next year. The DRM-protected downloads will make it easier to listen to programming when a connection isn't available (especially important to mobile users).

"This means that listeners will be able to download radio shows for up to seven days after the broadcast and have a 30-day window to open it. Once they’ve 'opened' it, they will then have a further seven days to listen to it. So this essentially extends the listening window from one week to six weeks," reports TheNextWeb here.

This news comes shortly after the company reported continued listening growth via iPlayer Radio -- "a record-breaking 74 million requests, up 3% on March's 72 million requests," writes DigitalSpy here. The company says news of the death and funeral coverage of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher drove increased listening.

New BBC streaming radio service is not rumored Playlister for on-demand music

Monday, October 8, 2012 - 11:25am

The BBC today has launched iPlayer Radio, its dedicated radio streaming service that allows users to listen to 57 BBC radio stations and archived music offerings, live or on-demand. The service is available via either browser-based "web apps" or a new iPhone/iPad app.  

However, this is not the rumored Playlister downloading and on-demand track streaming service hinted at last week in RAIN (here).

"The move to improve the radio experience is long overdue and points to how the BBC may have slightly lost out on capitalizing on a growing audience for digital radio consumption," writes TechCrunch. "It says that year-on-year, monthly iPlayer requests for radio have increased 56% to 2.8m on mobile, and 300% to 1.2m on tablet up to now."

The BBC has a similar service for their television content, launched in 2007, called iPlayer TV. It gives users online access to previously-aired BBC video.

On iPlayer Radio, users can save favorites, watch videos, search, and discover what their friends are listening to via the iPlayer's social integration. The web service is available globally, but the mobile app only works in the UK.

The TechCrunch report is here. There's more in Hypebot here. Read James Cridland's review of the BBC iPlayer Radio here

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