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BBC HD Sound and Sonos


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OK, so the BBC are going to stream radio three in HD and currently have several radio 2 concerts in hd. Is there any way I can, or will be able to listen to these on my Sonos kit?

Is it possible to point at a url in some way, or is there an easier answer?


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No reason why it shouldn't work, as I understand it, it's just high bitrate AAC or something which is supported.

You just need the URL. Contact Sonos support, or post on the Sonos forums, if you can't extract it from the BBC link and they should be able to help.


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Ahh, thanks for that. I've found how you add a radio station using the PC interface (I was looking under the Iphone controller and couldn't find anything to add a url :)

The radio 3 broadcasts start in December, at the moment they've only got a couple of concerts from their electric proms (BBC - Radio 2 - Electric Proms - Home), but all the streams seem to be flash encoded, so I can't try it out (short of streaming to the PC then sound out to sonos, which isn't ideal).

Will wait for the R3 service and try again.


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The R3 HD service has been live for several weeks. As you've found it's wrapped in Adobe's transport protocol which some players can decode at the clent by means of 'plug in' software. Sonos may have to provide similar protocol handler in the players or via a server farm, as per Spotify integration. But international users wouldn't improve on the 48kbps stream.
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Lol, I'm presuming you mean squeeze. I expect it'll get sorted, just a question of when. No rush as I'm just using an S5 till we move back into our house (hopefully in feb). Just playing really in the mean time.

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