BBC announced the closure of its Shoutcast streaming technology, which will impact some radio devices with access to BBC live radio. The change was announced in May 2022, and the service shut down in mid-2023.
Don’t worry—BBC live radio isn’t going completely offline. The broadcaster still supports HLS and DASH streaming technology, but the change means that you may experience a loss of BBC on your SANGEAN product. Let’s discuss this change in more detail and how the shutdown of BBC Shoutcast impacts SANGEAN products.
Navigating the BBC Shoutcast Service Closure with SANGEAN
Why Is BBC Stopping BBC Live Radio Shoutcast?
BBC has indicated that they prefer supporting and prioritizing their HLS and DASH streaming technologies. Their research has shown them that the majority of listeners of BBC streams are using HLS and DASH devices.
Which SANGEAN Devices Are Affected?
Following the shutdown of BBC’s Shoutcast service, certain SANGEAN radio models will no longer be able to access BBC radio stations, and this change affects some older SANGEAN models.
You can compare your model number with our list to determine whether your SANGEAN product will still support BBC.
The models that will no longer support BBC radio stations following the change include:
What To Do if Your SANGEAN Device is Impacted?
If your SANGEAN device is listed as being unable to support BBC live radio after the Shoutcast closure, you will need to upgrade to an HLS or DASH device. You can contact a local representative for more information about obtaining a SANGEAN radio with access to BBC.
BBC’s Shoutcast closure might impact some of our customers, and we understand that losing access to one of your favorite channels can be frustrating. If you have any questions, concerns, or need help finding the perfect new SANGEAN radio to access BBC, please do not hesitate to contact us at SANGEAN Support.