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Announcements / Re: Closure of Beebotron.org
« Last Post by IvorThirst on June 28, 2019, 09:20:39 AM »
Hi Rick

I agree with all Truthy has said, with especial thanks to K for starting us off.

R4X is a long way from the BBC7 that I began with. Unfortunately, many of the old programmes that I liked are rarely aired nowadays and I'm not really interested in last week's Dead Ringers. This all means that any new posts usually do not stir the fire in my bosom. In olden days I would have inserted an emoji of jiggling boobies at this point, but can't be bothered to find any.

So thanks and goodbye to one and all.

PS there's a repeat of Brother Cadfael starting next Monday for the Lunchtime slot.
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Announcements / Re: Closure of Beebotron.org
« Last Post by ricklous on June 27, 2019, 12:11:58 PM »
Folks,

thanks for your kind words. As promised here are some links to Reddit communities of a similar flavour to the Beebotron.

https://www.reddit.com/r/audiodrama/

https://www.reddit.com/r/BBCRadio4/

https://www.reddit.com/r/BBCRadioDrama/

https://www.reddit.com/r/BritishRadio/

https://www.reddit.com/r/Radio4/

Feel free to post about other sites/communities people may want to join.

Cheers
Rick
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Announcements / Re: Closure of Beebotron.org
« Last Post by TallforaDuck on May 31, 2019, 09:36:58 AM »
K had the bright idea of founding the Beebotron, Jan was a treasure who kept the ball rolling in cahoots with Ivor and other usual suspects, but YOU dear Rick MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE! Your time, funds, patience, invention and generosity gave us all hundreds of hours of happy listening and sparring amongst friends.
Sad news about the closure, though in the circumstances the decision makes good sense.
From the bottom of my heart, and I think I speak for all Beebotron's "passengers" THANK YOU. May your life, family and work thrive. We owe you a debt of gratitude.

Truthyness

Truthy has said everything I think and more eloquently than I could, I understand completely, but am sad at it happening.

My biggest regret is not finding it earlier, this is balanced by the fact that I got to meet a lovely lady in Jan  who I miss more than I could have imagined, I hope we all find a place to decant to where our shared love of Radio can thrive.
Good luck to all and Truthy, I will keep in touch, however frequently it is.
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Announcements / Re: Closure of Beebotron.org
« Last Post by gingerbee on May 30, 2019, 10:37:30 PM »
Beebotron was a wonderful service - extremely useful. I found Beebotron's listen again stream listings much more convenient to use than iPlayer for locating programs. The quick startup of the hls streams, and the ease of seeking within them, were added bonuses.
Sorry to see Beebotron go but I'm very grateful for all the work you put into it in the past.
Thank you so much.
GB
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Announcements / Re: Closure of Beebotron.org
« Last Post by Truthyness on May 30, 2019, 04:20:56 AM »
K had the bright idea of founding the Beebotron, Jan was a treasure who kept the ball rolling in cahoots with Ivor and other usual suspects, but YOU dear Rick MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE! Your time, funds, patience, invention and generosity gave us all hundreds of hours of happy listening and sparring amongst friends.
Sad news about the closure, though in the circumstances the decision makes good sense.
From the bottom of my heart, and I think I speak for all Beebotron's "passengers" THANK YOU. May your life, family and work thrive. We owe you a debt of gratitude.

Truthyness
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Announcements / Re: Closure of Beebotron.org
« Last Post by Tolkny on May 29, 2019, 03:26:29 AM »
Thanks for a great service.

You made a real positive difference to my radio listening.
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Announcements / Closure of Beebotron.org
« Last Post by ricklous on May 27, 2019, 10:53:37 AM »
Hello all,

Apologies to all - I've decided to shut the Beebotron down.

The Beebotron was born during a time that the BBC were providing data feeds alongside the iPlayer. We could use those feeds to create interesting tools to supplement what the BBC themselves provided via the iPlayer. The BBC has changed policy and closed those feeds down - BBC content is now much harder to access in an approved manner without using the iPlayer or various BBC apps on Android or Apple devices.

I've not had the time or frankly the ability to adjust the Beebotron to provide the same service it used to and so that side of the site has slowly ceased to function. As that service has faded so has the community here on the forum. The very sad passing of Janaru last year has also left us without the 'glue' she so wonderfully provided to the community over many years.

So, taking all that on board, I've decided not to renew the webspace when the next fees become payable at the end of summer.

There are several places around the web that have communities similar to ours which are worth looking at. The big one is Reddit, and I'll post some links to them as time goes on. Please feel free to also reply and post your own links to places you may hang out elsewhere online.

Thanks everyone,
Rick
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Geek Speak / Latest BBC iPlayer changes
« Last Post by Ed on May 05, 2019, 04:23:31 AM »
Live Radio

Persists for 11 Hours

How to download a BBC radio programme in HIGH RESOLUTION (320 kbps) in Windows 7, from (for example) BBC Radio 4 Extra.

You can download the latest 11 hours of programmes, so this method will work for any radio show for up to 11 hours after it is broadcast.


This procedure uses these files:  http://www.mediafire.com/download/p7m8yo938aw60ya/AAC_320_kbps_HLS_streams.zip

The following details include modifications to take account of changes made by the BBC in the first quarter of 2019.


 • First, put the file WGET.EXE on the Desktop.

 • Then create a sub-directory (a new folder) on the Desktop,
   and put the five .BAT batch files in it (NOT wget.exe)



STAGE 1 : DOWNLOAD THE .TS FILES

 Run the .bat batch files in the following order:-

     1. Run batch file 1. This will download a .m3u8
        playlist file, containing text.


        CORRECTION (2019/05/05):

        Before running batch file 1, alter it as follows.
        Change the url address contained in it to:
       
        http://as-hls-uk-live.bbcfmt.hs.llnwd.net/pool_904/live/uk/bbc_radio_four_extra/bbc_radio_four_extra.isml/bbc_radio_four_extra-audio=320000.m3u8

        This reflects a recent change made by the BBC.


     2. Open the playlist file, using Notepad. It contains
        a list of filenames in the following format:

        bbc_radio_four_extra-audio=320000-123456789.ts

        There will be hundreds of these entries in the
        playlist file. They represent all the .ts files
        for the last three hours (each such .ts file
        contains 6 seconds of audio). The first entry
        in the playlist file is the oldest.

     3. This part of the filename is irrelevent:

        bbc_radio_four_extra-audio=320000-

     4. The relevent part is the final 9 characters, a
        9 digit number, which you type into batch file 2.

        To download the entire 3 hours, take that 9 digit
        number from the first entry in the playlist file.

        To choose your own starting point, take that 9 digit
        number from any later point in the playlist file.
        Ten entries in that file represent 1 minute of audio
        (6 seconds x 10), so 600 entries represent 1 Hour:
        10 entries (1 minute) x 60 = 600 entries (60 mins).
       
        From the playlist file you can choose any starting
        point in the 3 hours immediately before the time
        when you downloaded the .m3u8 playlist file.

        But you can, instead, choose any starting point in the
        11 hours before you downloaded the .m3u8 playlist file,
        by editing the 9 digit number. By deducting 600 from the
        9 digit number you go back 1 hour, so (for example) by
        deducting 6,000 you get a starting point of 10 hours ago.

        Run batch file 2, to download the .TS files containing
        the audio (MPEG-2 TS Video files, 6 seconds long, and
        containing audio only; each typically 262KB in size).


        CORRECTION (2019/05/05):

        Before running batch file 2, alter it as follows.
        Change the url address contained in it to:

        http://as-hls-uk-live.bbcfmt.hs.llnwd.net/pool_904/live/uk/bbc_radio_four_extra/bbc_radio_four_extra.isml

        This reflects a recent change made by the BBC.


STAGE 2 : JOIN THE .TS FILES INTO A SINGLE FILE

 Run the .bat batch files in the following order:-

     5. Make SURE the sub-directory containg the downloaded .TS
        files has its header line set to show these columns:

             Name
             Type
             Size
             Length
             Date


        The critical values are DATE (which shows the air date
        and time of each audio file), and LENGTH (which shows
        its length in seconds).

        You can play .TS files using Media Player Classic
        or VLC Media Player or GOM Player.

        Playing the downloaded files enables you to locate
        the start and end of the radio show you want.

     6. Delete any .ts files that are not part of the radio
        show you want.

        NB: Perhaps, at first, delete them to the Recycle bin
               in case you make a mistake.

     7. Run batch file 3, then batch file 4, to rename the
        .TS files you have chosen to keep.

     8. Type the 9 digit number from the .m3u8 file into
        batch file 5, to modify the following line:

          SET number=000000000

        (Replace the 9 zero's with the 9 digit number)

     9. Run batch file 5, in the sub-directory.

        This will create a new batch file, batch file 6,
        containing the list of files to be merged.

    10. Run batch file 6, in the sub-directory.

        All files in that directory with a higher number
        than the 9 digit number you took from the .m3u8
        playlist are merged into a single file.

    11. Delete all the 6-second long files. Keep only
        the output file (which will be obvious from its
        file size).

        You can play the file using Media Player Classic
        or VLC Media Player or GOM Player or Windows
        Media Player. This is an audio-only file, even
        though .ts is a video format.


        What you end up with is a file without an index.
        Some audio players will not mind, others will.

        To fix the problem, use FFMPEG.EXE to create
        an index for the file -

        Example  (for a .TS file containing AAC audio):

        ffmpeg.exe -i "file.ts" -acodec copy -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc -flags global_header "file.m4a"


 


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Announcements / Re: Farewell JANARU
« Last Post by becky sharp on March 19, 2019, 01:26:23 PM »
I received an email (out of the blue) from this forum last week It has been a long while since I have visited...On clicking onto the forum I saw this very sad news. Janaru was a lovely person..always courteous and cheerful. Her contributions on this forum...whilst I posted were always a joy to read.I'm sure she will be sorely missed by all of her friends on here.
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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Re: Back ON! GRRRREAT ... Thanks Rick
« Last Post by IvorThirst on March 13, 2019, 03:55:28 PM »
My main notice had been the lack of prospective members. Suddenly, I am once again being inundated by a load of weird names.
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