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Old 17th Oct 2019, 10:15
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Alexa and BBC

Wondering if any prooners can help me here. The BBC decided to can TuneIn and make you use the BBC skill on Alexa to listen to the radio.

I have registered for a BBC account on the Sounds app and linked my account to the Alexa skill but will she play BBC radio stations? No. Has anyone else had similar experiences? I note that most feedback on the sounds app state it is very poor.
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Old 17th Oct 2019, 11:40
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No, not done anything. Just ask for radio 4 as normal. I get a whole load of spiel about Sounds and App, then it plays radio 4. Haven't bothered to explore sounds
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Old 17th Oct 2019, 16:57
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I'm still getting BBC World Service via TuneIn on my Alexa.
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Old 17th Oct 2019, 17:06
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I used to say "Alexa, use radio player to play BBC Radio2" this service used to cut down the large pauses which we were getting but now apparently the radio player is no longer available so now the Alexa broadcasts have reverted to being sh1te
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Old 17th Oct 2019, 17:50
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"Alexa" - "Play BBC Radio 4" works OK here.
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Old 17th Oct 2019, 18:01
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I listen to Radio 4 throughout most days (killing the audio for the rubbish bits!) via the BBC Sounds option on the BBC web site. I click Sounds and am presented with a choice of Radio stations. I then click on Radio 4 and lo and behold! I get Radio 4. Why bother getting some potentially dodgy app to do it for you?
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Old 17th Oct 2019, 18:21
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
I listen to Radio 4 throughout most days (killing the audio for the rubbish bits!) via the BBC Sounds option on the BBC web site. I click Sounds and am presented with a choice of Radio stations. I then click on Radio 4 and lo and behold! I get Radio 4. Why bother getting some potentially dodgy app to do it for you?
It's not really the app/device that's dodgy, as they are pretty dumb devices, that don't do much themselves. Most of the voice processing and interpretation is done within the Amazon/Google servers that listen in to what's being said in the room with the device, and try to make the right decision as to what action to take when they think that a keyword has been spoken by someone within range of the always-on microphone.

Interesting remark from a Google bloke, saying publicly that he would feel the need to disclose the presence of an active Google listening device to guests: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technolog...eporting-story


Given what's been revealed about the way audio recordings from these devices are not only stored on the company servers, but are listened to by hundreds of employees of the companies that make the things, then I wouldn't be comfortable with having one in the house. It smacks of being a bit too much like Big Brother (George Orwell, not the TV programme), but with corporate entities being the ones always listening in.
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Old 17th Oct 2019, 20:54
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You don't need to name the app or "skill" - We have always just said "Alexa play Radio 4", and you get the brief (and annoying) announcement about BBC sounds before it starts. It's typically about 20 seconds behind real time (20 behind the FM radio and 15 seconds behind the DAB radio).

We then say "Alexa turn off the radio" to switch it off. If we say "Alexa please turm off the radio" it turns off the radio and then sayds "goodbye". Apparently it wants me to be polite (fat chance!).

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Old 18th Oct 2019, 06:44
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Still a problem. The skill is enabled and linked to my BBC account, but when I say "Alexa open the BBC" or Alexa play BBC Radio 4" it says "I can't find any video skills with that name". It's very annoying.

It's a second gen echo dot.

Anyway I've gone back to listening to Planet Rock via tune in. It's much better that Radio 4 anyway, especially at the moment.
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Old 18th Oct 2019, 08:56
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Speaking of Radio 4; something seems to have gone wrong this morning. It seems to be all about something called Brexit this morning. Absolutely sod all else happening, apparently!
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Old 18th Oct 2019, 09:03
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KelvinD; according to the currency markets Brexit isn't happening today unlike yesterday when lots of Brexit happened!!

Back on topic, just reset the wifi for Alexa and I'll report back on any improvements.

Have you heard of Alexa's brother Alex? Never listens and never shuts up.....
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Old 18th Oct 2019, 16:57
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Originally Posted by Groundbased View Post
Wondering if any prooners can help me here. The BBC decided to can TuneIn and make you use the BBC skill on Alexa to listen to the radio.

I have registered for a BBC account on the Sounds app and linked my account to the Alexa skill but will she play BBC radio stations? No. Has anyone else had similar experiences? I note that most feedback on the sounds app state it is very poor.
You may find the last 10 minutes of today's Feedback programme on Radio 4. This very subject comes up in the last 10 minutes of the programme. It will be available for listening soon at:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009d1r
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Old 19th Oct 2019, 17:41
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Sorted my Alexa problem which turned out to be poor wifi connection. Moved the wifi repeater closer and now have uninterrupted radio. Hoorah!

I was surprised at the poor reception as my phone has perfect wifi next to Alexa's location.
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