There are three ways to access BBC Programs
1. Listen Now
Listen now lets you listen to your chosen programme via the BBC’s Radio Player.
In order to do this you need to be online. When you click the Listen Now link the Radio Player should appear in a small new window, and the audio should start playing automatically. For this to happen you will need to have Real Player installed.
If you are having problems with Listen Now and the Radio Player then try our Audio Help section.
Downloading lets you save a copy of your chosen programme of package onto your computer. You can then listen to this whenever you want, or even transfer it onto your portable MP3 player.
How you download the audio will depend on the set up and settings of your computer. Usually, if you want to download the audio you need to click on the link using the button on the right hand side of your mouse. You should then see a list of options including either “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…”. If you select this option (or a similar option containing the word “save”) you should be able to save the audio file (MP3) to your computer. Remember to save it to a folder you’ll be able to find again later.
If you click on the Download link using the left hand button on your mouse, the audio will usually play. How this happens will depend on the set up and settings of your computer. Usually your default media player will open and the audio will start playing automatically.
Podcasting lets you automatically receive the latest episode of your chosen programme as soon as it’s available. You need to “subscribe” to receive a podcast, rather like you might subscribe to a magazine and get it delivered each week. An important difference is that all of the BBC’s podcasts are free, and you can stop receiving the files at any time.
In order to sign up for a podcast you need an internet connection and a piece of podcast software which is usually available free of charge. This software can check the BBC for new episodes and automatically download them for you.
The steps you go though in order to subscribe to a podcast will vary depending on which software you choose. You can read more about this in our Step by Step guide to getting a podcast.
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