If you want to listen to BBC Radio 1 Live stream you can do so by going to their website and clicking “Listen Now” but that will load the HTML player and if like me you keep accidentally closing your web browser it will stop the stream.
I much prefer using VLC (free) to listen to my streaming audio and it’s possible to listen to the Radio 1 stream using VLC but it proved tricky to try and locate the URL of the live stream so for those that are struggling:
Depending on the options you selected when you installed VLC, you might be able to simply click the link above which should load in a new page and then auto-launch VLC and start playing Radio 1 live stream. If clicking the link above doesnt work, in VLC’s top toolbar, click Media and then Open Network Steam and simply paste the URL above into the window and hit play. Alternatively if you like keyboard shortcuts, just hit CTRL+N to open the network stream window and paste in the URL above.
The next time you want to listen to the Radio 1 live stream in VLC, open VLC as normal and then hit CTRL+1 to reload the most recently listened to stream.
In case Radio 1 isn’t your cup of tea, below are a variety of other BBC radio streaming URLs, if you come across any more please leave the link in the comments below and I will update this post.
13 Replies to “Listen to any BBC Radio live stream using VLC including Radio 1 and 1Xtra”
These seem to work in 2022: https://gist.github.com/bpsib/67089b959e4fa898af69fea59ad74bc3
Found the world service here!
None of these work anymore
For Europe you’ll find the streams here:
If you’d like to listen to BBC Radio Four,
right-click on the link 128kbits in the row for BBC Radio 4
and click Copy Link Location.
Launch VLC, press Ctrl-N, and paste the link copied above.
Used browser : FireFox
Player : VLC
All those links above are dead…BBC has the Audio Factory, and it seems not even they are sure what formats they’re going forward with…please let us know if anyone gets any link to use the BBC radios on VLC going into the future!
@Gladius – yup, they all stopped working a few weeks ago. Very frustrating. I’ve explored all the audio factory, new options, etc and not been able to find any working links for VLC streaming yet. It means I’m stuck having a Chrome window open and minimised just to listen to Radio 1. If I find a workaround I’ll update this post.
Thank you 😀
Very useful thanks !
Thanks alot 😀