BBC To Offer 'HD Sound' Enhancement
October 19, 2010 at 4:26 AM (PT)
The BBC has announced the launch of an "extra high-quality audio stream" it is calling "HD Sound" for its online streams. The new streaming standard, unrelated to the HD RADIO system used in American digital broadcasting, will offer higher bit rates and improved encoding to produce better sound quality.
The first programming to offer the technology will be this month's AC RADIO 2 coverage of the Electric Proms, with Classical RADIO 3 to be offered with the enhancement in DECEMBER. The standard will ultimately be incorporated into the BBC iPlayer and Radioplayer, and the improvement in sound will also depend on a listener's speakers or headphones.