Cybertainment: BBC, Sirius XM Radio expand listener options

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Two major players in radio -- the BBC and Sirius XM Radio -- have made it easier for people to listen to their programming anytime and anywhere.

Last week, BBC launched iPlayer Radio -- a dedicated streaming service that simplifies the process of finding and listening to programming from 57 BBC stations. It's similar to the TV version of iPlayer that BBC launched in 2007.

On-demand programs can either be streamed or listened to offline through a large collection of podcasts.

Channels include BBC 1, BBC World Service, Asian Network, plus sports, news, entertainment, documentaries, children's programming and more.

And BBC is making programming available from its large archives. These range from recent years to material dating back to the late '40s and early '50s. Shows include "Desert Island Discs," featuring interviews with celebrity "castaways" who choose records and books they'd take with them to a desert island, "Composer of the Week," "Jazz Library" and programs from the "In Our Time" series.

An Editor's Picks section steers listeners to recommended choices they may not know about.

Registered users can create a customized list of favorite stations they want to hear.

Sirius XM Radio subscribers now can listen to much of the satellite networks' most popular programming on their own schedules.

SiriusXM On Demand is free for Sirius XM subscribers.

The On Demand channels include more than 100 programs from the satellite radio company's many music formats, plus news and talk, sports, politics, family and comedy.

Howard Stern listeners can catch up with nine episodes from the past month.

The website offers capsule descriptions of available episodes, including guests and featured artists. Each description gives the expiration dates, which range between 30 to 50 days.

SiriusXM On Demand is available for Android and Apple mobile devices or it can be streamed through the Sirius website.

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Adrian McCoy: or 412-263-1865.


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