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Coyopa takes shape

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James Cridland James Cridland | 16:36 UK time, Monday, 31 March 2008

A few weeks back, I posted a few messages here about the work we're doing to change the way we're streaming radio. We're calling the technical work "Project Coyopa", after the Mayan god of thunderous noises. (No, I didn't name it).

Just to keep you abreast of the work we're doing: here's a picture of one half of the Coyopa system, currently in testing somewhere in the UK.


This is recording BBC Radio's various national services via satellite (we'll be taking a direct feed in future); recording it and encoding it into various formats as quickly as possible after transmission (which is why there's so much hardware here). And it works as designed. Which is nice, and quite a relief.

Next thing to do is to sling this into a big lorry, drive it to Broadcasting House, and plumb it in. It's set to go live in July, though there are some improvements happening in May (a small change from the previously advertised schedule).

Better sounding radio online? It's on the way.


  1. At 09:26 PM on 01 Apr 2008, Tom wrote:

    That looks like just the kind of project I'd love to be on.

    Intriguing - will follow this with interest.

  2. At 09:09 AM on 02 Apr 2008, Jim Connolly wrote:

    This is GREAT news!

    I am a big fan of BBC radio and look forward to being able to stream higher quality content via the BBC website.

    It will be interesting to see what audio formats are offered.

  3. At 03:43 PM on 06 Apr 2008, Ann M James wrote:

    Thought I'd better inform you Friday evening's episode of 'The Archers' on the download wasn't the episode from the evening. Please amend this enabling me to download it into my files thank you.

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