The latest on our audio improvements
In it, I mentioned: The future for live streaming is firstly to significantly improve the bitrate, and in parallel, that we were working on a Flash-based stream.
Well, as Robert Burns once said, 'the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry'. A few technical issues have transpired to push back our plans to do this a few weeks... which has magically coincided with a little thing called the Olympics. Any large organisation will sensibly have a code freeze during a big event, where no changes to network configuration or public deployment of code can take place - and we're no different. The upshot of all of that is that our changes to live audio quality will probably happen at the beginning of September.
Separately, I also ought to update you on radio's move to iPlayer, which has been very well received. You might have noticed that up until today if you visited, say, 1Xtra and clicked "listen live" you got the old radio console. We're slowly moving our networks over - and you'll spot more and more of these links now pointing over to the new iPlayer. (All your links will still work.) Our aim is to move nearly all of our networks over by the end of this week, with the biggest of them all, Radio 4, moving over on Monday. These times are subject to change, but I'd like to be as open as I can.
Finally, those of you with wifi radios may notice a temporary reduction in listen-again programmes. Rest assured, we plan to properly support wifi radios for listen-again going forward, and some of my team are working hard on new code to make manufacturers' jobs rather easier. Our apologies if your favourite show goes missing from your wifi radio in the next few weeks; we're working very hard to bring them back.
Once again, a reminder that this blog, and this post, normally deals with the BBC's UK-national radio stations only. In fact, I'm off to our colleagues in the BBC World Service this afternoon to tell them more about our plans.