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bbc iplayer radio


Is it possible to open BBC radio iplayer from within the sonos controller?

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No.

It's a popular request due to the limitations of TuneIn for catch up on BBC.

Personally what I do is to download the podcast (mp3) to my music folder - Many can be downloaded direct from the BBC and there are other ways to get the download which I won't link to but you could Google.
Alternatively get a Sonos product with a Line-In (Connect, Connect:Amp or Play 5) and output from your phone or tablet.
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As far as live radio is concerned, I suspect the BBC prefers to offer a minimal implementation via TuneIn, and is disinclined to integrate further with Sonos, in order to keep users within its own iPlayer ecosystem. For a workaround in order to get a 'Now Playing' function, I use the separate BBC Music app on my device, which lists tracks currently playing on the various BBC stations.
when will sonos interrogate with alexa
on YouTube it shows it working perfectly
How??
Mike_270 wrote:

when will sonos interrogate with alexa
on YouTube it shows it working perfectly
How??



The Alexa/Sonos implementation is being worked on now. The YouTube video was a demonstration of how it will work when it is released. Full release is scheduled for later this year.
Is the any likely hood id BBC iPlayer being available on Sonos?
Mike_270 wrote:

Is the any likely hood id BBC iPlayer being available on Sonos?



That is a question you have to ask the BBC. Sonos offers a free API for including a service in their app, or the new Direct Connect API for playing to Sonos from a 3rd party app. It is up to the service itself to take advantage of these API's, Sonos cannot unilaterally access their content.
jgatie wrote:

Mike_270 wrote:

Is the any likely hood id BBC iPlayer being available on Sonos?



It is up to the service itself to take advantage of these API's, Sonos cannot unilaterally access their content.



Why then can an "amateur" write a plug-in for my Squeezebox Duo (at least 7 years old) which enables iPlayer Radio wonderfully well?
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Regardless of the reasons, Sonos' customers are finding themselves with an increasingly archaic interface that hinders listening to BBC, Audible (yes, I know, later, later, later...), use of Echo (yes, I know, later, later, later...),
access to historical on-demand podcasts etc. More needs to be done to keep pace with the real world.
Adagio-of-Wight wrote:


Why then can an "amateur" write a plug-in for my Squeezebox Duo (at least 7 years old) which enables iPlayer Radio wonderfully well?



Because the BBC is not going to sue an "amateur" writing code in his basement, but they are going to sue a billion dollar company like Sonos. Pretty simple, really.
AirPlay 2 Support would allow this and all other iPhone apps to transmit sound. It might even stop my podcasts from cutting out all the time ☹️
Not sure about the latter. Airplay 1 doesn't have the greatest reputation when it comes to dropouts. One of the reasons Sonos never supported it is because its inferior streaming was unreliable and would be a support nightmare. Same reason Bose dropped it in their latest redesign.
What about BBC Music? How do we go about getting this service to work through Sonos?
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BBC radio stations are accessed through Tunein on sonos.
There are a few podcasts as well, but nowhere near the amount of choice available through BBC iplayer radio.
It's not BBC radio stations which I know I can get through Tunei I would like to access but the BBC Music app.
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No, no access to bbc music app.
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jgatie wrote:

Adagio-of-Wight wrote:


Why then can an "amateur" write a plug-in for my Squeezebox Duo (at least 7 years old) which enables iPlayer Radio wonderfully well?



Because the BBC is not going to sue an "amateur" writing code in his basement, but they are going to sue a billion dollar company like Sonos. Pretty simple, really.



And complete nonsense.

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