Category Archives: BeebMC

No 64 bit release of BeebMC for now

I’ve been looking into getting BeebMC to run on the 64 bit version of Vista.  It runs fine, but plays no music.

The reason is that Media Center runs as a 64 bit process, and there is no 64 bit Real Audio plugin for Internet Explorer, just the 32 bit version.

You can run a 32 bit instance of IE and use that to listen to the BBC, but when I host IE in BeebMC, it is running in a 64 bit context, so it can’t then load Real Audio to play the BBC streams.

If/when the BBC starts streaming in a format that Windows Media Player can play natively then this problem will go away (and you’ll be able to use BeebMC on extenders.

BeebMC 2.1 Released

I’ve just released BeebMC version 2.1.  Some small changes:

  • It now installs properly when the TV Pack is installed
  • I’ve changed the icon
  • There are now buttons to scroll up and down on a channel page, so that people with touch-panels can use the page more easily.

Download it from

BeebMC 2.0 released: Listen Again supported

I’ve just released a new version of BeebMC, adding support for "Listen Again":




If/when the BBC update their web site or RSS feeds then BeebMC will probably break — leave a comment and I’ll do what I can to fix it.  Many thanks to the BBC for making all this content available.

BeebMC is available here:

The Channels.xml file under C:\ProgramData\Atadore\BeebMC has been extended to include the URL for each channel’s RSS feed.  Feel free to edit it to add/remove/modify channels:

  <Description>BBC 1Xtra</Description>

I’m going to try to add extender support next.  Subscribe to the "BeebMC" category in my blog to be notified of updates:

BeebMC – BBC Radio addin for Windows Media Center

I’ve developed a small  BBC Radio Media Center addin mainly for my own use, which I’m making available here for free for anyone else that wants it.

[I’ve since posted a new version of BeebMC here . It supports “Listen Again”.   I recommend going to this posting to read about it and download it.]

There are a couple of restrictions:

  • Your need Real Player installed
  • You need version 3.5 of the .NET framework installed.  It is available here if you don’t have it (or if you are not sure).
  • It will not work with Extenders, since the BBC streams using Real Audio.

I can’t promise a lot of support, but reply here if you have problems using it and I’ll help if I can.

Once installed you’ll find it under the Music menu:


Click on a channel to play that channel:


You can customize it by editing the Channels.xml file you will find under C:\ProgramData\Atadore\BeebMC. Add channels by adding a Channel element with the appropriate description, picture and URL for playing the channel.


[I’ve since posted a new version of BeebMC here . It supports “Listen Again”.   I recommend going to this posting to read about it and download it.]