The BBC is pulling its radio streams from TuneIn at the end of August because the streaming service in unable to furnish the data the broadcaster wants to collect.
Their audio content is available on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer Radio as well as a range of third-party apps, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Radioplayer and Acast as well as a multiple internet enabled smart speakers and radios with whom they have data sharing agreements.
These platforms either allow you to sign into your BBC account or provide meaningful data directly, something TuneIn is currently unable to do.
In a BBC blog, Director, BBC Distribution & Business Development, Kieran Clifton, says data collection is becoming more important “…– as it helps us to make more types of programmes we know people like, and equally importantly, identify gaps in our commissioning to ensure we’re making something for all audiences. We also use the data collected about what you watch, listen to or read online to offer personalised programme recommendations – and make our services even more tailored to you.”
A number of listeners have commented about the difficulties streaming the BBC in multi rooms through Amazon’s Alexa as the current BBC skill uses TuneIn for multi-speaker playback, something that will need to be addressed before the end of the month.
Podcasts on TuneIn will be unaffected by this change.