Since the BBC's various channels are what I listen to the
most, launching BBC channels has always been a couple of
keystrokes in Emacspeak. As a first step, directory
realaudio/radio contains shortcut files for
launching live streams from the various BBC channels.
In addition, module
emacspeak-url-template defines a
number of Smart URLs for single-click access to BBC
programs. The ones I use the most are:
- Smart URL
BBC Channels On Demand, and
- Smart URL
BBC Genres On Demand
These smart URLs prompt for the channel or genre
respectively and bring up a Web page that lists the various shows
that are available --- note that the BBC archives shows for a
The resulting Web page is easy to browse in W3; the most
effective way to skim the buffer is to repeatedly hit
i which moves through the various items on the page.
e e (that's the letter
twice) while on a hyperlink will launch the
corresponding media stream by calling a context-aware
command that knows about transforming the URL to one that
accesses the program stream; --- note that simply following the
hyperlink will get you first to a page about the program, rather
than to the program stream itself.
To find out what channels and genres are available, browse the BBC Web site --- channel and genre names are not hard-wired into Emacspeak since these can change over time with channels and genres being added or renamed.