The BBC is changing the way in which its Radio stations are streamed.
They are planning to cease to stream using MP3 and the Shoutcast format in favour of the HLS & DASH formats, during mid-2023, see here Why am I hearing a message advising the stream I am listening to will stop working mid-2023? | BBC Sounds for their announcement earlier this year.
Presently on the Shoutcast streams, there are ‘on-air’ announcements of this closure, which has resulted in some confusion for Roon users that their BBC Radio coverage will cease. This is totally not the case, as for all of the BBC Radio stations offered in the Roon ‘Live Radio’ catalogue, the HLS format version is included.
To get out in front of this change, and prevent any further confusion or potentially even some users suffering interruption to their service, the MP3 stream setting is to be removed from all Roon entries for the BBC Radio station. This will force all Roon users to use the HLS version, as their default streaming option, going forward. This is whether it is the UK version, at a higher rate or the non-UK rate, at a lower rate.
Please note this will not incur any change to be made by a Roon user when consuming a BBC Radio station, under “Live Radio”, just the the HLS version will be default and the previous MP3 version will no-longer be available.
The reasons behind this forced change are that this will ensure continued service for Roon users despite the streaming format change and to minimise the influx of questions, support tickets and concerns raised as the change-over date approaches given the confusion the ‘on-air’ announcement creates.
There is also a benefit for all, in that the HLS format stream offers a better SQ, particularly for those Roon users in the UK who can avail of the higher format stream.
Simon, on behind of the Radio Curators