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Thursday, July 29, 1999 Published at 18:16 GMT 19:16 UK


Background

Are you receiving us?



To watch or listen to the items on our web pages, you need a RealPlayer.

What is it?
How does it work?
Why do I want it?
What do I need?
Where can I get it?
Who can I ask for more information?

What is it?

RealPlayer is a free application that lets you watch and listen to programmes and information over the internet. But, unlike some formats, you don't have to download the whole clip before you start.

How does it work?

It works on a process called 'streaming'. Just as your television set shows programmes as it receives them through the aerial, the player displays programmes as it receives them through the internet.

Why do I want it?

When it's on your computer you will be able to watch and listen to all the BBC's broadcasts through the internet, such as the Nine O'Clock News and Radio 4's Today Programme. And not just those. There are hundreds of radio and television stations all over the world which you can pick up on your computer, including BBC World Service.

The bonus is that it is free to download. However, if you want more features, technical support and a manual, you must pay for RealPlayer Plus.

What do I need?

The latest version of the software is RealPlayer G2, although BBC News transmits in the slightly older RealPlayer 5.0 format so you must have that version or higher to receive us.

You must also have a fast enough modem. You can listen to all the sound files if you have a 14k modem or faster. To watch the news, you will need at least a 28k modem. We currently offer live broadcasts of special events in our On Air page for modems up to 56k.

An overview of the system and hardware requirements for RealPlayer 5.0 is listed below, although more detailed information can be found on the RealNetworks web site.

Windows 95 and Windows NT (32-bit)
Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 (16-bit)
Macintosh

Windows 95 and Windows NT (32-bit)

Windows 95 or Windows NT 3.51 or later
2 MB free on your hard disk
A Windows-compatible sound card is recommended (but not required)
Processor: 486/66 DX minimum, Pentium recommended
16 MB RAM
Modem or other Internet Connection: 14.4 kbps minimum, 28.8 kbps or faster recommended

Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 (16-bit)

Windows 3.1 or later or Windows 95
2 MB free on your hard disk
A Windows-compatible sound card is recommended (but not required)
Processor: 486/66 DX minimum, Pentium recommended
16 MB RAM
Modem or other Internet Connection: 14.4 kbps minimum, 28.8 kbps or faster recommended
Windows display set to at least 256 colours

Macintosh

PowerPC
2 MB free on your hard disk
16 MB RAM
Modem or other Internet Connection: 14.4 kbps minimum, 28.8 kbps or faster recommended

Where can I get it?

From the Real Networks web site.

The file is from 3 to 8MB in size (depending on which version you want) and can take 10-20 minutes to download (depending on the speed of your Internet connection). It is best to choose a time of day when the file can be download quickly. Early mornings - especially Sundays - are best if you are in the UK because fewer people are on-line.

Who can I ask for more information?

If you have further questions you may want to visit RealNetworks Service & Support which has a help section and answers to frequently asked questions.

We hope you will find this information useful, although it does not constitute a recommendation.



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