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Online RadioPlayer Coming to UK in December


An iPlayer style online application called the RadioPlayer will be launched in the UK in December it has been announced.

The launch will be staggered, with around 50 stations available initially, and this will be increased to 200 with a full consumer launch in February 2011.

The radio player is backed by the BBC and a collective of commercial stations, and is intended to do for radio, what the iPlayer has done for TV.

However, the Radioplayer will be more like the forthcoming YouView platform due to the combination of BBC and commercial stations. It’s hoped that by creating a standard interface for radio, users will listen more often and for longer. Users will be able to search by station programme and genre, and favourites can be stored as pre-sets.

The service has already been demoed to UK radio industry figures as the annual Radio Festival in Salford, Manchester.

Michael Hill, managing director of UK Radioplayer, said: "This is a defining moment for UK radio and we hope all broadcast stations, of all sizes and types, will participate."

Tim Davie, director of BBC audio and music, said: "It is a result of genuine collaboration across the industry and is the sort of innovation we need to make digital radio a reality."

Earlier this week, the BBC announced that from December it will start to stream Radio 3 online at HD quality using 320Kbps AAC.


October 21, 2010, 4:42 pm

I sincerely hope this will be available overseas, even at reduced quality/bandwidth.


October 21, 2010, 5:11 pm

@futurealien - I think you'll be disappointed, unfortunately. I expect it will be limited by geolocating IP addresses, as iPlayer is. The BBC is non-commercial, so has no interest in broadcasting oustide the UK. Commercial stations benefit from as wide a listnership as possible, but will probably come up against licensing issues. Maybe stations with all original content (i.e. talk radio stations) will be available overseas in a restricted version of the player, but to be honest I'd be surprised: the clue is in the name - **UK** Radio Player. If there's a station you really want to listen to, and it is allowed to broadcast outside the UK, you will likely still be able to reach its own stream from its website.


October 22, 2010, 4:07 am

I spend the majority of my time overseas due to work commitments, and I've never come across a radio station that I could not listen to because I'm not listening to it in their territory - that includes all BBC national & local stations through iPlayer and the raft of commercial stations I also listen too, so I can't see that changing. I imagine the 'UK' Radio Player is because it presents a common interface to just UK based stations - not because it is to restrict them to streaming just in the UK.

Shame the rest of the BBC content is not the same. I can understand BBC TV programming being restricted, but why the majority of video reports on the BBC News site instead of/complementing written content - I guess it's because it sells its TV news programming in overseas markets. However, with the net being used more and more as a primary news source, it undermines BBC's position as an authoritive global news service.

I can view CNN content, MSNBC content - why not BBC news content? It forces us IT aware bods to use a UK based proxy if so inclined - but that's not the point.

(Sorry for going OT).


October 22, 2010, 11:15 am

I hope they don't limit themselves to the streaming formats the bbc use. give us mp3 or something that is better supported on android


October 22, 2010, 1:49 pm

Its NOT iPlayer like. Its another streaming service, just like many of the stations (including the BBC) do already and their iPlayer radio section also allows you to listen to recently broadcast stuff, but again only as a stream.

What really would be good is something whereby users could download the programs and store them offline (in the same way that I can with much of the BBCs TV output, to watch later on my netbook for example) and then sideload them onto a pmp to listen to perhaps on the train, out for a walk etc. I wouldnt mind the same restrictions (30 days max, 7 days from first play etc). This is the service of value to those of us not able to get fast always on broadband or who slum it on the train/tube from time to time.

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