There have been some recent changes to rules and regulations which have affected commentary for our away fixtures, so we have put together a short guide for our supporters about what has changed and how it will impact their viewing of the game.
What has changed?
Since the new year, radio journalists from BBC local radio stations across the UK (including BBC Radio Berkshire) have been advised not to travel to away fixtures at present. BBC Radio Berkshire commentary continues to be offered on local radio and via our iFollow audio-only offering.
The video stream which the BBC Radio Berkshire commentators use is the same one which our supporters are watching. And if we were to put their commentary onto this stream, it would be delayed in comparison by several seconds – the audio would not be synchronised with the video.
In practical terms, that means if Lucas João notches another goal or Michael Morrison makes a vital interception, it might be a minute or more before you would hear the commentators talking about it. Unfortunately there is no way around this.
What are the alternatives in place for away games?
For most away fixtures, there will be an option to listen to the home team’s audio (either conducted by their local BBC radio station or in-house from the club itself). This can be selected by pressing the gear icon in the bottom-right of the video window and choosing ‘Audio’, and then selecting ‘Home’. If the ‘Away’ option is selected, it will be stadium sound without commentary.
Will there be games where home commentary will not be available?
When we play away fixtures at clubs who are not part of the EFL Digital collective, we may not be able to offer commentary from the host club or their BBC local radio station. Therefore both the ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ options will be stadium sound, without commentary.
For the avoidance of doubt, these are the host clubs which we are yet to visit this season which are not part of EFL Digital: Bristol City (16 February), Birmingham City (17 March), Watford (10 April).
Are home games affected?
iFollow video streams from home games will continue to receive live commentary from Madejski Stadium from BBC Radio Berkshire.
Are there other options for away games?
There are Royals supporters who are regularly hosting ‘watchalong’ services on YouTube – a chance to chat to fellow fans in real-time while watching the game at the same time! In the absence of audio commentary, it can be a good way of getting involved with other Royals supporters. Click the links below to visit their YouTube pages…
In addition, some of our supporters in the local area choose to listen to BBC Radio Berkshire commentary via their radio (which experiences very little delay), meaning that the radio commentary which they hear is almost in sync with the video which they are watching on iFollow.