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  1. #1
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    Boom and the BBC?

    Hi All,

    Boom may be the ideal item for my mother, but she needs to be able to use it without thinking about a PC, or a LAN, or anything else. She needs to think it's just a clock radio on steroids.

    So the question is what BBC feeds can Boom get natively outside of the UK? I don't want to go the Alien BBC route for her with this one, just program some presets and give it to her.

    thanks for any help

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    thats the issue - Alienbbc is not just the only component

    you also install mplayer which is the real player that alienbbc uses

    as far as I am aware no one is running any SB product on bbc standalone

    So you need a pc !

    And you said without a LAN - its internet radio ... you will need some kind of network either wired or wireless to connect to squeezenetwork anyhow

    perhaps just wording but maybe your not fully understanding how the componets fit together?

    rgds

    Simon

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    You can receive 5Live, 6Music, BBC7 and 1Xtra on WMA streams outside the UK. You do not need a PC.

    All the WMA streams are predefined under Internet Radio/Staff Picks/Webcaster/BBC on both SC and Squeezenetwork.

    Outside the UK to listen to live Radio 1-4, Regional and local stations you need a PC and AlienBBC.

    For listeners within the UK, Radio 1-4 are also available in WMA and can be played on Boom without a PC.
    Last edited by bpa; 2008-09-06 at 01:42.

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    Thanks to you both. I already have an SB3 and run the excellent Alien on it, but that's more than my mother can deal with. I know that the issue is BBC rights and not Boom's capability, but I was just hoping.... ;-)

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    Don't forget World Service

    You can get World Service too, don't forget.

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    A simple internet radio could well be enough for you.
    There are a few models available in USA.
    Note though - continued anonymous access to BBC stations from non-UK locations is not something that BBC is guaranteeing. If they do move to a subscription-based service then internet radios might stop working.
    If they decide to block all non-UK access you would really be stuck.

    BBC have not said that access is to be blocked - but there have been hints about possible need to go subscription-based ... perhaps it depends on where they are with charter renewal negotiations.
    Paul Webster
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    I thought I was buying a simple internet radio so I could listen to the BBC without having to have the computer on.
    Sort of makes the radio pointless as I can listen to the BBC from the computer if the computer has to be on to allow me to listen to the radio station I want, grumble grumble

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    Quote Originally Posted by frazbo4000 View Post
    I thought I was buying a simple internet radio so I could listen to the BBC without having to have the computer on.
    Sort of makes the radio pointless as I can listen to the BBC from the computer if the computer has to be on to allow me to listen to the radio station I want, grumble grumble
    If you wanted only a simple internet radio you have bought the wrong product and spent more than you needed to. The Boom is much more than a simple internet radio.

    BTW. I listen to the BBC via the Boom when my PC is turned off by connecting to Squeezenetwork instead of SqueezeCenter. I am in the UK.

    MC
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    Ok, I have got over the fact that I might have been seduced by the boom's good looks and not done my research correctly.

    But why cant the boom receive/play BBC Radio 1 etc internationally if other (cheaper) wifi radio's can?

    Presumably logitech don't want to install some software on the squezenetwork server???

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    Boom and the BBC?

    On Jan 16, 2009, at 9:10 AM, frazbo4000 wrote:

    >
    > Ok, I have got over the fact that I might have been seduced by the
    > boom's good looks and not done my research correctly.
    >
    > But why cant the boom receive/play BBC Radio 1 etc internationally if
    > other (cheaper) wifi radio's can?
    >
    > Presumably logitech don't want to install some software on the
    > squezenetwork server???


    Boom does not have a RealAudio decoder. You can play BBC RA streams
    with SqueezeCenter and the AlienBBC plugin.

    We can also keep hoping the BBC will come to their senses and make
    their WMA streams available worldwide...

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