BBC launches 'HD Sound' for radio

The BBC plans to launch an 'extra high quality' audio stream for live online listening, called HD Sound.

From December, BBC Radio 3 will be available in HD Sound through its website, as well as special events on other networks—starting with the Electric Proms on BBC Radio 2 later this month.

HD Sound uses improved encoding and higher bit rates to offer the BBC's highest audio quality broadcast to date, according to the broadcaster.

Initially the stream will only be available for live programmes (not on demand) through pages on radio networks' websites and special event sites, although the BBC aim to integrate HD Sound into iPlayer and Radioplayer as the technology develops.

Tim Davie, Director BBC Audio & Music, said: "HD Sound is an exciting development and a signal of our commitment to innovate in digital radio for the benefit of our listeners."

DTG Staff  |  18.10.2010

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