BBC Sounds player launch

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Over 80,000 hours of music, radio and podcast content are now available to watch through BBC Sounds on YouView. Users will be able to listen to live and on-demand radio from 18 national and 40 local stations, music mixes and award-winning podcasts. 

If you already have a BBC iPlayer account, this can be used to sign into the BBC Sounds account. 

For more information about BBC Sounds and what's available, check the BBC website here.

Thanks,
Sarah 

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  • scottscott Member, Super User Posts: 2,097 ✭✭✭
    @Sarah - Is that EVERY YouView make and model box.
  • LukеLukе Member Posts: 40
    scott said:
    Is that EVERY YouView make and model box.

    Clicking on the link supplied by Sarah, and then the Youview link on that page it lists all but three.
    Not the retail Huawei, nor the earliest two Humax.

  • scottscott Member, Super User Posts: 2,097 ✭✭✭
    edited 24 March 2020, 1:26PM

    Thanks Luke. So I presume this is a flick the switch and everyone has it rather than a staged roll out.

    EDIT - Just tried an update on my T4000 and nothing showed up :(

  • Bruce ClarkeBruce Clarke Member Posts: 26
    I can't imagine I would ever use the TV to listen to BBC Sounds, but nice to have the option for those that would. The BBC Sounds Android app is pretty useless compared to the iPlayer Radio app. I still don't understand why they killed the latter.
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 278
    Video killed the radio star
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • gsvalentinegsvalentine Member Posts: 163 ✭✭
    Got to say, I am loving this app! Way better than the one on my phone! I can use myself using it all the time, since my YouView box is connected to my stereo amplifier.

  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 15,787 ✭✭✭
    edited 24 March 2020, 8:55PM
    @Sarah quoted:

    “Users will be able to listen to live and on-demand radio from 18 national and 40 local stations, music mixes and award-winning podcasts”. 

    So where are the other 39 local stations this seems to promise me?
    Three cheers for reasoned debate, whether for or against
  • DarrenDarren Member, Super User Posts: 342 ✭✭
    edited 24 March 2020, 9:40PM
    I still don't seem to have the BBC Sounds app on both my BT Youview box and the BT retail Youview box.
    Hope everyone is keeping safe and well.

    Darren
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 9,821 ✭✭✭
    Roy said:
    @Sarah quoted:

    “Users will be able to listen to live and on-demand radio from 18 national and 40 local stations, music mixes and award-winning podcasts”. 

    So where are the other 39 local stations this seems to promise me?

    Hi Roy,

    Sarah's quote comes in part from the BBCs webpage but has not been quoted in full, as it allows access to a users local radio station only. 

    The new TV app is being rolled out on YouView and Virgin Media devices from today - and will launch on other TV platforms in the future.

    During these very challenging times, the app will provide listeners with another way to access live and on demand radio from the BBC’s 18 national and 40 local stations, music mixes curated by experts, artists and special guests, and a wide range of award-winning podcasts.

    With the new TV app, users can choose to listen live to any of the BBC's national radio stations and their local radio station, or pick up where they left off with the Peter Crouch podcast.

    Hope that clears it up in whatever part of the world your stuck in. Or are you thankfully home now?
    I'm now happy with the disagree icon, because its gone.
  • westonewestone Member Posts: 8
    edited 25 March 2020, 12:18AM
    So there is more choice of local BBC stations on Freeview rather than the YouView app.
  • Ken Hill1Ken Hill1 Member Posts: 133 ✭✭
    so we get this app and not disney+ app
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 9,821 ✭✭✭
    Ken Hill1 said:
    so we get this app and not disney+ app

    There are 4 Disney+ threads concurrently running on this forum ken. No need to post on this one.
    I'm now happy with the disagree icon, because its gone.
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 15,787 ✭✭✭
    westone said:
    So there is more choice of local BBC stations on Freeview rather than the YouView app.
    @westone

    But less choice of stations overall - 20 on BBC Sounds, even without the other 39 local stations, versus 16 on Freeview, including the 4 next most local BBC stations (I think that’s the criterion anyway) in a separate channel range from our most local BBC station.

    So 8 channels on BBC Sounds that aren’t on Freeview, and all very useful (as long as you are multi-lingual!)
    Three cheers for reasoned debate, whether for or against
  • Andy Hall2Andy Hall2 Member Posts: 2
    Tried listening to Friday Night Comedy podcast from Radio 4 via app last night on T4000 over 150mbps FTTP with BT. Playback stopped every 3-5 minutes and then when you hit play again it is back at the start. Very annoying. So currently unusable for radio catch-up. Pity. 
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 15,787 ✭✭✭
    edited 26 March 2020, 11:45AM
    Visionman said:
    Roy said:
    @Sarah quoted:

    “Users will be able to listen to live and on-demand radio from 18 national and 40 local stations, music mixes and award-winning podcasts”. 

    So where are the other 39 local stations this seems to promise me?

    Hi Roy,

    Sarah's quote comes in part from the BBCs webpage but has not been quoted in full, as it allows access to a users local radio station only. 

    The new TV app is being rolled out on YouView and Virgin Media devices from today - and will launch on other TV platforms in the future.

    During these very challenging times, the app will provide listeners with another way to access live and on demand radio from the BBC’s 18 national and 40 local stations, music mixes curated by experts, artists and special guests, and a wide range of award-winning podcasts.

    With the new TV app, users can choose to listen live to any of the BBC's national radio stations and their local radio station, or pick up where they left off with the Peter Crouch podcast.

    Hope that clears it up in whatever part of the world your stuck in. Or are you thankfully home now?
    @Visionman

    I remain mystified that while the BBC Sounds website, and the BBC Sounds iOS and Android apps, do indeed provide all forty local radio stations, the YouView app doesn’t.

    A bit second-class now, and perhaps an indicator of what the BBC think of YouView these days?

    And yes we are home now, having been booted off the still Covid-19 free Queen Mary 2 in Fremantle, Australia, last Monday week, and endured a 32 hour journey home In close contact with two lots of about 400 strangers in a couple of Airbus 380s, those well-known disease-recirculating mechanisms.

    So we are now on day 9 of our 14-day self-isolation subsequent to this. After which, if we stay well, we switch from being potentially dangerous to other people to the normal state where other people are potentially dangerous to us.

    I say self-isolation; we have unavoidably had to go out for food and other supplies twice (got some bog roll, woo-hoo, as we ran them down before we went away, and could only bring one from the ship) as nobody has any delivery slots for three weeks, and the scheme for local helpers with this hasn’t kicked in yet. Masked, to protect other people from us, and not the other way round.

    And I say ‘normal’, for these abnormal times; so I’m not sure about ‘thankfully’  :/

    I think we envy those people, certified medically unfit to fly, who are still on the QM2, sailing back to the UK as a merchant ship, stopping at no ports and with no-one getting off or on, but which should keep them free of Covid-19 until they dock on April 17th, on current estimates.
    Three cheers for reasoned debate, whether for or against
  • jimbjimb Member, Super User Posts: 1,238 ✭✭✭
    Tried listening to Friday Night Comedy podcast from Radio 4 via app last night on T4000 over 150mbps FTTP with BT. Playback stopped every 3-5 minutes and then when you hit play again it is back at the start. Very annoying. So currently unusable for radio catch-up. Pity. 
    I've used the app quite a lot and not experienced any problems with playback.
    This is with a T2000 and a T2100 - perhaps there's a problem with the T4000?

    If you're keen to use the app I suggest that you try the maintenance modes:
     https://support.youview.com/youview-box/box-and-remote/using-maintenance-mode/
  • zulu17zulu17 Member, Super User Posts: 1,011 ✭✭
    Trying The Friday Night Comedy - The Now Show 20th March on a T4000 just now does exhibit issues with the playback stopping and only being restartable  from the beginning. This occured on the 3 occasions i tried it.  First occasion the problem did not occur for over 12 minutes and coincided with me pressing the i(nfo) button (note I had pressed the info button a couple of times earlier in the 12 minutes). Other two occasions occured  when i skipped forward using the 20s skip to a point where i wanted to restart and allowed it to then play normally which it did for a few minutes before stopping. 
  • SarahSarah Administrator Posts: 1,549 admin
    Hi @Andy Hall2 & @zulu17
    I'll get this checked with our Content team and try testing it as well.
    Thanks,
    Sarah

  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 9,821 ✭✭✭
    @Sarah - Why is there no search option with the YouView version?
    I'm now happy with the disagree icon, because its gone.
  • jimbjimb Member, Super User Posts: 1,238 ✭✭✭
    Visionman said:
    @Sarah - Why is there no search option with the YouView version?
    At last!
    Someone has noticed.
    I'm guessing no one else has tried to actually use it rather than just having a casual browse around.
    Without search it is virtually useless. 
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 9,821 ✭✭✭
    Search is a powerful engine and feature where YouView is concerned. Quite a feat, actually. Yet this new app contains none?
    I'm now happy with the disagree icon, because its gone.
  • westonewestone Member Posts: 8
    edited 29 March 2020, 8:42AM
    jimb said:
    Visionman said:
    @Sarah - Why is there no search option with the YouView version?
    At last!
    Someone has noticed.
    I'm guessing no one else has tried to actually use it rather than just having a casual browse around.
    Without search it is virtually useless. 
    Just gave up on it when I found it was a paired down version of the android app.
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 9,821 ✭✭✭
    I've been thinking more about this app. Why isn't there a separate sports section as some of BBC Sports podcasts are amongst the best out there?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/category/sport?sort=popular
    I'm now happy with the disagree icon, because its gone.
  • Stuart SmithStuart Smith Member Posts: 23
    Sarah said:


    Over 80,000 hours of music, radio and podcast content are now available to watch through BBC Sounds on YouView. Users will be able to listen to live and on-demand radio from 18 national and 40 local stations, music mixes and award-winning podcasts. 

    If you already have a BBC iPlayer account, this can be used to sign into the BBC Sounds account. 

    For more information about BBC Sounds and what's available, check the BBC website here.

    Thanks,
    Sarah 


    Good morning.

    According to reports, the app features a screen-saver to protect TV screens. It doesn't seem to kick in and I can't find any options in settings to control behaviour, customisation etc.

    The app itself looks excellent so hoping to use it regularly.

    Thanks
    Stuart
  • jimbjimb Member, Super User Posts: 1,238 ✭✭✭
    Good morning.

    According to reports, the app features a screen-saver to protect TV screens. It doesn't seem to kick in and I can't find any options in settings to control behaviour, customisation etc.

    The app itself looks excellent so hoping to use it regularly.

    Thanks
    Stuart
    There is a scrensaver but it's not immediately obvious.
    It kicks in after 10 minutes.
    I think it only works on the main playback screen - so if you've gone back to see more details of the programme it won't work.

    If you've got time on your hands you can read my post about this here:
    https://community.youview.com/youview/discussion/comment/19004538/#Comment_19004538
     :) 
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 9,821 ✭✭✭
    AHA! I've found a way to use Search on BBC Sounds. Its a bit of a faff but it works.

    Open the BBC Sounds webpage on your device of choice and then in the top right corner type in the programme name of interest into the searchbar. Just play the first 30 seconds of it and then press stop. The content will then appear on the YouView version under 'Continue Listening'. But we all know it should really have its own search feature.
    I'm now happy with the disagree icon, because its gone.
  • PhilGPhilG Member Posts: 1

    The site is very good for listening to live radio (but are there problems with the sound quality?) but we can already do that anyway.

    I was disappointed there were no schedules that we could use to search for recent programmes we had missed. Also there was nowhere to find talk and current affairs programmes like In Our Time or Thinking Allowed. Will these be added soon?

    The arrangement of topics seems chaotic - they are all jumbled up and clustered under eccentric headings. Would it not be sensible to offer podcasts within each station grouping. Surely radio listeners are most familiar with which stations broadcast which programmes, and should not have to guess eg which programmes are favourites, or which music genre their favourite programme fits into.

    I can see there is a point in jumbling everything up for casual browsers, but I cannot see why the site fails to cater for the 'listen again' audience. I hope this is a very rough first draft and that some logic will be designed in in revised versions.

  • Wayne MouleWayne Moule Member Posts: 4
    I found listen again, great stuff!
  • jimbjimb Member, Super User Posts: 1,238 ✭✭✭
    edited 1 July 2020, 7:25PM
    Just discovered that the YouView BBC Sounds app now has a search facility  :)
  • DarrenDarren Member, Super User Posts: 342 ✭✭
    That good to know as I sometimes use the BBC Sounds app on the box to catch up with The country show with Bob Harris.
    I do more often though use my Amazon Echos or BBC sounds app on my iPad to catch up with the show.
    If I do use BBC sounds its manly for Radio 2 at times. As I dont really listen to any other BBC station.
    My music taste has changed a little over the years and I now like a mix of music but still dont like heavy metal music.
    Darren
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