From the end of March 2011, users of the BBC World Service website will no longer be able to watch videos or listen to audio in Real Media format. All BBC broadcasts will still be available in Windows Media and Flash.
BBCworldservice.com has been providing audio broadcasts in Real Media format since 1998. However, the use of this format has been in steady decline since the launch of Windows Media streams in 2003, and with the introduction of Flash audio and video in 2008 Real Media has become the least used format. The BBC says that, at its current level of use, it is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to continue to support it.
This decision follows the BBC’s announcement in October 2009 when it started to phase out the use of Real Media in the UK. This was completed on 31 March 2010. The BBC is now ending its Real Media broadcasts internationally. There will be a phased approach to this process, starting with the live and on-demand streams from today, 14 March 2011.
(Source: BBC World Service)