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BBC podcasts URL changes
« on: 04:24:12 | 24 May, 2017 »
Tried to listen to a BBC podcast last night on my Roberts WM201.
Got the message "Podcast URL is invalid" for every BBC podcast.
I immediately assumed that they had "pulled the plug" on us, but it seems that they have just changed the addresses of all their podcasts

eg.    Gardeners Question Time

used to be  http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/gqt/rss.xml
and now is  http://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/b006qp2f.rss

Not very guessable !

Found the new address by adding the RSS feed from the BBC podcasts site to my PC and cut'n'paste from 'properties' to the Reciva portal.

Can't see any mention of these changes on any BBC help pages.....
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Re: BBC podcasts URL changes
« Reply #1 on: 12:07:30 | 24 May, 2017 »
The BBC are under the impression that their output is only consumed on devices which don't expose technical details such as URLs.  Therefore they deem it unnecessary to publicise such changes to the masses.

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Re: BBC podcasts URL changes
« Reply #2 on: 13:07:19 | 24 May, 2017 »
Good thought, but I think the answer is even simpler....  they are simply trying to "lose" their listeners by changing the URL.   They can then analyse their stats and correctly announce that they only have a handful of listeners using internet radios.

I think my three WM201 radios are coming to the end of their useful lives.

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Re: BBC podcasts URL changes
« Reply #3 on: 09:30:02 | 29 May, 2017 »
Non-Techy & Newbie

Find I can no longer listen to BBC Podcasts (and others) on Grace Internet Radio.
Message window suggests some form of, “Invalid URL”.

Tried Blueberrynman suggestion and it worked for “Gardeners Question Time”
Unfortunately it didn’t seem to work for BBC podcast- “From Our Own Correspondent”
Suspect I may have done something wrong.

First went to BBC site for  “From Our Own Correspondent”
Subscribed by selecting RSS
Copied URL that appeared in top window.  e.g.
   podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/p02nrtpm.rss
Opened  “myradio.gracedigital.com” -  pasted URL in “Add a” Podcast” window.
Then - “Updated”

After “Update” system automatically replaced above URL in
“Add a Podcast” window with - http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/fooc/rss   

Seems I can’t change the URL.
Corrections/ Suggestions appreciated.

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Re: BBC podcasts URL changes
« Reply #4 on: 11:01:48 | 29 May, 2017 »
Adding http://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/p02nrtpm.rss to My Podcasts for From Our Own Correspondent works here.

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Re: BBC podcasts URL changes
« Reply #5 on: 06:37:07 | 05 June, 2017 »
Zeewier

Apologize for the delayed response.

Appreciate your suggestion.

Unfortunately it did not work for me.

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Re: BBC podcasts URL changes
« Reply #6 on: 06:51:17 | 05 June, 2017 »
Zeewier

Apologize for the delayed response.

Appreciate your suggestion.

Unfortunately it did not work for me.

Did you start the URL with http:// when you entered it into My Podcasts?

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Re: BBC podcasts URL changes
« Reply #7 on: 04:57:17 | 14 June, 2017 »

Thanks for the response.

Here then the URL I tried for -  BBC From Our Own Correspondent;
     http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/fooc/rss.xml

Unfortunately it didn't work.

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Re: BBC podcasts URL changes
« Reply #8 on: 05:48:46 | 14 June, 2017 »
No that doesn't work here either.
But the URL http://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/p02nrtpm.rss does work if you add it to My Podcasts on https://radios.reciva.com, at least for me.
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Re: BBC podcasts URL changes
« Reply #9 on: 15:47:53 | 17 June, 2017 »
Thanks for the follow-up.

Re:  “Can no longer  listen to BBC  FOOC Podcast,   e.g.  Invalid URL  problem 
   Wow! – You suggested http://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/p02nrtpm.rss  and  it worked.     

Great...!

Looked promising so naturally tried the same approach for “BBC Analysis”
Copied the URL from  RSS  subscribe    https://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/b006r4vz.rss
Removed (s) in https:                               http://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/b006r4vz.rss
Then updated as suggested via  “My Podcast List and   http://Radios.Reciva.com
It worked again.--- and several more times after that.

So far have not been able to get it to work for NPR Podcast but believe I may be doing something wrong.  Any suggestions?

Thanks so much for taking the time to work along with me. –

From a non- techy nonogenarian very dependent on the BBC Podcasts to fill in those sleepless nights.

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Re: BBC podcasts URL changes
« Reply #10 on: 04:38:54 | 08 October, 2017 »
This worked for me as well. Thanks for the info! It's so annoying having to deal with this kind of stuff…

 

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