Connected TVs get dedicated BBC Sounds app

The new BBC Sounds TV app is being rolled out on YouView and Virgin devices from today, with other TV platforms coming in the future.

The app will provide access to live and on-demand radio from the BBC’s 18 national and 40 local stations, music mixes and podcasts.

The TV app shows live track information when you’re listening to a live radio station and a full tracklist for all Sounds music mixes and on-demand music radio shows. You can also see all available episodes for podcasts and previously broadcast radio shows.

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 & 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.”

The BBC Sounds TV app will be rolling out from today on Virgin devices and YouView devices, including some Sony TVs, and is coming to some Samsung TVs later this week, plus many more connected TVs and devices in the coming weeks and months.

Find out more about compatible devices here.