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14 day trial period - They are experimenting with lossless streaming. I'm listening now (using Firefox on a MS Surface Pro and Bose QC20 earphones) - sounds pretty good.
Edits: 04/18/17Follow Ups:
Many thanks for the advice. I am listening to it now and will be able to compare it to their 320kBs HD service later when the first live music broadcast of the day starts at 13:00 (BST). Right now I am listening to Rob Cowan's superb morning show ( which is record based but what a great "curator" he is).
Initial feelings are that it is superb although I have already experienced a brief drop out (on an 83MBs internet service). However my feeling is mixed with sadness that only 14 days of the experiment are left.
NB: It only works with the latest Firefox browser, none other.
BBC is also experimenting with a thing called Object Based Sound which will enable the listener to change the sound according to their requirements. However as I understand it this is a bit like being provided with a multitrack tape and doing your own mix ( although there is an option to use a BBC "template" to hear the sound mix that they have chosen). It does sound like a method that will not necessarily work with good simple microphone techniques.
and don't know what they play?
The music is high quality and advertising free. There is NO subscription and is funded by UK taxpayers.
Mostly classical, schedule at link below:
The program schedule location was not obvious to me from the first link you provided. This one takes care of it. Thanks!
Abe, if you like classical music then I do suggest that you try the experimental FLAC service for the 19:30 (BST) concert. That'll be on around your lunchtime I guess. Live from the Royal Festival Hall and from regular experience the BBC can do a fantastic job on these ( there's a live concert every weekday evening, live from the Met on Saturday and a play on Sunday). Just let them settle down during the first item on the programme. After all they are mixing it all live as you listen. Also live concerts of chamber sized music each afternoon at 13:00 ( BST). The afternoon programmes up to drive time are also mainly composed of recordings of live concerts made either by the BBC or other classical music stations from around the globe.
I see today's (wednesday) afternoon has an American flavour with the daily choral evensong coming from Texas.
I hope you hear and enjoy. Only fly in the ointment may be that the BBC usually checks the DNS of connections and denies hi-rez to those outside of the UK.
I am just hoping that they repeat the FLAC experiment for the Proms in the summer.
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