BBC Sounds app lands on select Sony Bravia Android TVs

Mike Wheatley

Sony Bravia Android TV owners are finally getting the new BBC Sounds app, which provides access to BBC’s national and local radio stations, plus various music mixes and podcasts, via their television sets.


BBC Sounds is now available on select Sony Bravia Android TVs, bringing more than 80,000 hours of live and on-demand audio content, the Japanese electronics giant said.

The app enables Sony TV owners to listen to all 18 of the Beeb’s national radio stations, as well as 40 local stations, and a variety of podcasts and music mixes curated by BBC experts, artists and special guests. The app also allows users to live-track information as they listen, and view the breadth of content on offer via their TV screens.

Some of the music mixes on offer include CD-length “Mindful Mix” playlists for relaxation and meditation, while offers have more of a classical focus. Yet more are focused on specific music genres, while the “Focus Beats” playlist offers sounds to help people concentrate while studying or working.

As for the podcast choices, there are selections from Gemma Collins and Peter Crouch, plus a weekly Friday Night Comedy show.

The BBC Sounds app also lets Sony TV owners take advantage of their soundbar and surround sound setups to deliver a more immersive listening experience.

Personalised recommendations are another feature of the app, which suggests new content based on your previous listening habits. Users can also switch between devices and access their bookmarked shows and music mixes with ease. So for example, it’s possible to start listening via a smartphone, then switch to the TV when you arrive home.

“We’re thrilled to announce that we’re bringing BBC Sounds to Sony BRAVIA, said Mike Somerset, marketing manager at Sony UK. “It gives us a great opportunity to bring engaging content to life on the screen using some of Sony’s unique Sony technologies incorporated into the Android platform.”