Radio on BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer RadioAll of the BBC’s national, local and regional stations along with the BBC World Service are available to listen to live on the internet (rights permitting), with appropriate media player software.
It is also possible to listen to BBC Radio services via the internet without having to logon to a computer.
The easiest way to do this is via a Wi-Fi or Internet Radio.These radios pick up radio stations streamed on the internet via a broadband connection to the radio.
There are no UK only IP restrictions on BBC radio, for more information and direct links to the various BBC stations see BBC National Radio.
That said, listeners overseas will only be able to access the BBC’s lower bitrate streams on BBC iPlayer.

For information on reception and programming, see The BBC Radio Website



Radio Bitrates on BBC iPlayer

BBC Radio 2 on iPlayerThe BBC have changed the way they provide radio streams. This change is part of a wider project for a new way of delivering online radio from source to the products that users consume, known as Audio Factory.

Audio Factory was designed to keep BBC services available, make them more resilient and ensure a consistent experience.
All BBC services are now available in HLS and HDS using the AAC codec. By the summer of 2015, the BBC hope to have these streams available in the non-proprietary DASH format.

HTTP streams are available in both UK  (320 kbps HLS AAC) and international variants, which allows those in the UK to continue to enjoy BBC Sports coverage.
International and mobile listeners will only have 96 kbps HE-AAC v1 streams available, again only in HDS/HLS.
Since 2015, all of the BBC Radio online content has been produced by the Audio Factory platform that provides the same quality and device support for all our stations.
Audio Factory is the BBC’s internal name for its audio streaming infrastructure.

The BBC have retained a single SHOUTcast stream of each service using the MP3 codec (128 kbps) to support devices that cannot support these protocols.
This is a fallback for devices that previously used windows media or SHOUTcast, the BBC chose MP3 to keep them compatible with the widest range of devices. Up to a third of these older devices do not have support for the AAC codec.

Audio Factory encodes BBC Radio content using the following codecs and bitrates:
Profile Codec Bitrate Channels
1 AAC-LC 320kbs Stereo
2 AAC-LC 128kbs Stereo
3 HE-AACv1 96kbs Stereo
4 HE-AACv1 48kbs Stereo
2a MP3 128kbs Stereo

Not all these bitrates are necessarily supported by all devices at all times. For example, a mobile phone may only be offered the lower bitrate streams when on 3G to ensure the connection is more reliable and a better listening experience is achieved. Also, some devices may only be able to cope with a single bitrate and so may not offer the other options e.g. some internet radios.

Audio Factory does not support the WMA (Windows Media Audio) encoding and delivery protocol.

Audio Factory packages and delivers BBC Radio using the flowing protocols:
Protocol Profiles Target Devices
HDS 1, 2, 3 & 4 Desktop computers (PC, MAC). Requires browser Flash plugin.
HLS 1, 2, 3 & 4 Smartphones, tablets and IP radios and streamers.
MPEG-DASH 1, 2, 3 & 4 New format to replace HDS and some HLS uses.
ICY (SHOUTcast) 2a Low end Internet Radio devices and 3rd party Apps.

BBC Radio Scotland on iPlayer

With the exception of Radio 3HD the BBC no longer provide ICY (SHOUTcast) streams using the AAC+ codec.
MP3 at 128kbs was chosen following advice from a number of Internet Radio device manufacturers regarding the codec and streaming protocols supported by the largest possible number of their legacy devices. These streams are also available to international listeners.

Newer Internet Radio devices should be able to make use of the HLS and/or MPEG-DASH protocols using the higher quality AAC+ codec.


 

Radio on BBC iPlayer

Station
 UK Bitrate
 Overseas Bitrate
Audio 
Description
BBC Radio 1
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
Youth orientated Popular music and speech.
BBC Radio 2
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
Adult-oriented Pop Music
BBC Radio 3
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
Classic Music
BBC Radio 4
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
News & Speech
BBC Radio 5 Live
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Mono
Live news and sport (some UK only ip restrictions apply)
BBC Radio 5 Live Sp Extra
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Mono
Live news and sport (some UK only ip restrictions apply)
BBC 6 Music
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
Classic rock Alternative rock Funk Indie Jazz Hip Hop
BBC Radio 4 Extra
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Mono
Comedy, Drama, and Chat
BBC 1Xtra
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
New Black / urban music
BBC Asian Network
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Mono
South Asian orientated
BBC World Service
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Mono
English language version of the BBC World Service
BBC Radio Scotland
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
National radio for Scotland.
BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
Scottish Gaelic language station.
BBC Radio Wales
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
National radio for Wales.
BBC Radio Cymru
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
Welsh language service.
BBC Radio Cymru 2
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
Welsh language service.
BBC Radio Ulster
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
National radio for Northern Ireland.
BBC Radio Foyle
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
Local radio station, serving the North West of Northern Ireland.
BBC Radio Guernsey
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
BBC local radio for Guernsey.
BBC Radio Jersey
320 kbps HLS AAC
96 kbps HLS AAC
Joint Stereo
BBC local radio for Jersey.
For local radio, see BBC Local Radio
320 kbps HLS AAC for all local & regional BBC stations & 96 kbps for international listeners.

 

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