BBC trialling live 4G streaming during the Commonwealth Games

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The BBC’s Research and Development Team has announced that it will be trialling new ways of broadcasting television content as part of its coverage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in order to help shape the future of BBC television. One of the main focuses will be on broadcasting the Games live over EE’s 4G network. Unlike conventional streaming, which requires content to be sent to each user individually, live streaming over 4G allows a live stream to be transmitted once and shared with a large number of users simultaneously. This means the content is more reliable and has better quality because it is less likely to freeze and buffer when large number of people are watching all at once. Also being trialled will be Ultra-HD broadcasts, augmented video graphics on BBC iPlayer, live virtual reality broadcasts for a more immersive experience, a Venue Explorer that lets tablet users to further explore events as they’re being broadcast, and utilising the White Spaces, gaps between existing Freeview channels,  to deliver other services such as on-demand streaming. The public will get the chance to trial these new technologies between 24th July and 3rd August at the Glasgow Science Centre’s Clyde Suite from 10am – 5pm. Featured image from BBC Research & Development

By Tom Pritchard | July 18th, 2014