Virgin Media and YouView users have become the first to get the new app from the BBC.
Some newer Samsung smart TVs will get the app later this week with rollout to other devices and platforms including Sky and Freeview Play to follow in the future.
The BBC Sounds TV app provides an alternative way for users to access the BBC’s national and local radio stations, alongside curated music mixes and podcasts as well as the option to catch-up on BBC radio programmes on-demand.
For some users who were early adopters of smart and connected TV services, the move restores access to on-demand radio that was originally included in some of the first versions of the iPlayer TV app.
Features of the TV app
- Access to every BBC national and local station.
- Live track information when listening to a live radio station.
- Full tracklist for all Sounds music mixes and on-demand programmes.
- All available episodes for podcasts and previously broadcast radio shows.
- Screen saver to protect from screen burn.
- Personalised recommendations.
Jonathan Wall, controller of BBC Sounds, says:
BBC Sounds has over 80,000 hours of radio programmes, podcasts and music mixes so there’s a huge amount of choice for listeners. The new TV app is another way the BBC will be there for people through the current challenging times, giving listeners access to all of our brilliant audio through a few clicks of their TV remotes.
Dan Taylor-Watt, director of product, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds, says:
More so now than ever, we want our services to be available on whatever devices people want to access them on – and this is the natural next step in the development of BBC Sounds. We know lots of people listen to radio on the TV, and since Sounds is already the digital home for all audio from the BBC we’re really pleased to be bringing it into homes with a TV app. This launch is just the start, and we’re looking forward to the app being available on more connected TVs soon.