BBC Radio 5 commentary on Bose SoundTouch

Our kitchen radio gave up just before Christmas so we decided to treat ourselves and splash out on a Bose SoundTouch 20 wireless speaker which includes Internet radio.  We preferred the Bose over the Sonos offering because the Bose has six preset buttons on the unit so you don’t have to use the app to change stations.

Don’t get me wrong this is a great unit with fantastic sound quality but there is one major downside for sports fans who listen to match commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra.  During most live commentary you receive a recorded message stating that due to licensing restrictions the programme cannot be broadcast which is highly disappointing.

Upon contacting Bose support we were told that this was due to their internet radio provider (vTuner) and “a licensing issue”.  I replied to Bose but have had nothing in reply.

I haven’t looked into the licensing further to know whether the BBC, vTuner or Bose are causing the issue but it does put a black mark against internet radio over DAB for listening to live sporting events in the UK and wish I’d known about this before spending £350 on a new sound system.