- Editor’s note: a list of new BBC AAC HLS internet ratio streams can be found here.
Seems the BBC has decided to make all its AAC HLS streams only available to wealthy people who have Apple or similar devices. And the good old-fashioned “shoutcast” MP3 streams have gone altogether. Seems that if you can afford expensive American-logoed Chinese-made kit then you can listen to the BBC. If you register with the BBC’s awful website you can listen from there. However, if you use free open source software, then you cannot.
So, as a British person, running a British computer, I built myself, here in Britain, running British software such as Ubuntu, I’m not allowed to listen to the publicly-funded British Broadcasting Corporation on the media player on any of my machines. And if you are a 100% FOSS user, then neither are you! It will particularly displease users of our Internet Radio page, because many of the stations listed are now broken.
“Making BBC radio available to more listeners”
(by killing or encrypting its radio streams so most internet listeners can’t actually use them!)
BBC’s bizarre and mealy-mouthed explanation for its grotesquely unfair, unreasonable and profoundly anti-British decision can be found here…
Of course you can register with the BBC’s website and use its awful “iPlayer” thing (or whatever they call it these days) if you wish. But that requires registration and is hardly in the sprit of public service broadcasting. Who wants to sign in to a website, just to listen to the radio? And what of all those millions of internet radio players out there that are now useless?
Fortunately, it seems that at least some of BBC’s World Service public internet radio streams are still working. There are also unconfirmed rumours that a few members of the open source community are investigating possible workarounds to this nonsense. However I have no hard information regarding any of these or how long it will be before any, if any, become available.
There are those who suspect this fiasco is part of a longer term plan of the BBC to become a subscription service rather than a national public-service broadcaster. BBC bigwigs of course deny this – which leads me to believe that it is exactly what the BBC is planning to do. This is from way-back in 2014…
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