We work on technology to improve every stage of a programme’s life, from how it is captured, edited and processed, through how it leaves our studios on a multitude of new and emerging platforms, to how it appears on our audiences’ screens, large and small.
This area covers learning how to recognise and isolate objects within audio and video files automatically, such as individual sound sources or the motion of an actor or athlete, as well as how best to record and store media so it is durable and compatible with other systems.
Our research in this area helps keep costs down and make production more efficient by developing the kinds of technology that might radically improve the way programmes are made in the future.
This research aims to develop new ways to distribute our programmes, while ensuring audiences receive them in the best possible quality, wherever they are, whenever they want them and whatever device they are using.
This area sees us experimenting with new types of programmes and, with the BBC about to open more than 70 years’ worth of archives, how audiences might find and interact with them.
How our audiences experience BBC programmes is our focus here. In this area we anticipate their future expectations and ensure new technology, however complex, is easy to use and accessible for everyone.