BBC Scotland to stream World’s live from Glasgow Green

Published: June 30, 2009
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Recognizing the increasing popularity of the World Pipe Band Championships with non-UK audiences, BBC Scotland will for the first time stream all of the Grade 1 competitions, and maybe a few other events, live from Glasgow Green on August 15.

The BBC plans to stream the  entire morning  Qualifier competition, and then the whole of the Grade 1 MSR and Medley final events. Grigor Stirling, Outside Broadcast Director at the BBC, said that the March-Past and the prize-giving ceremony will both be broadcast live via the Internet.

He also said that the archived “On demand” video of performances, that last year were available only to UK viewers, will now be accessible worldwide.

When asked whether the live streaming video would include commentary, Stirling said, “We are still  working on this, but would hope that this may be an option. Obviously our priority is to  give enthusiasts worldwide an opportunity to listen to the performances.”

The quality of the audio and video will depend on which bit-rate the user accesses. The BBC will run two bit-rate signals, one low, the other higher. “This should allow anyone interested to access the material on  an internet enabled machine from dial-up speeds to broadband.”

Stirling said that the sound quality will depend mainly on the quality of the user’s computer sound card and speakers, but that the higher resolution signal should  be “near CD quality.”

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  1. BillPeters

    Gee, I didn’t realize that it was April 1st today… Seriously though, it’s a step in the right direction. Let’s hope they keep this up for the Glenfiddich too.

  2. srmdrummer

    It’s about time the BBC acknowledged the importance of this event globally. Better late than never! I trust they won’t destroy the listening experience with commentary personally.

  3. keydetpiper

    Very cool. I wish I could be near a computer to watch!

  4. JamieDE

    Now, if they would only take over the whole event. Then we would be in buisness.

  5. AnClaidheamhSoluis

    Great news for all those around the world who pay nothing for the services provided by the BBC. They all get something for free that I have to pay for (and which I’m funding for them). Hopefully all those who complain about bands not getting their few pennies in royalties from playing and being recorded at the Worlds remember that it’s supposed to be about our art, not penny pinching, the next time that debate comes up!

  6. duncanmillar

    I’ll try to remember it’s not about penny pinching the next time our band brings up fundraising or when I board the plane to use the $1500 ticket I bought to go and play there or when I buy a sandwich that costs three times as much in Scotland. Thanks.

  7. Bert

    If it’s not penny pinching and there is a problem with the cost of a airline tickets, sandwiches etc., then the simple answer is Don’t Go” – There is a need for glory or self gratification or you wouldn’t be bothered. There is however once again a need to belly ache and not be supportive of something positive.”

  8. duncanmillar

    To suggest that the debate over lack of consent (which is still a problem) was at all related to penny pinching is short sighted and uninformed to say the least. If you will recall, it was an attempt to get the RSPBA to take care of their books so they could protect themselves from risk and respectfully attribute the performances correctly and legally. It is very gratifying to play in a good band and compete against other good bands but doing so requires a ton of spending. Stealing is stealing and that bothers those of us who pay for things such as flights and sandwiches.

  9. BillPeters

    Gee, I didn’t realize that it was April 1st today… Seriously though, it’s a step in the right direction. Let’s hope they keep this up for the Glenfiddich too.

  10. srmdrummer

    It’s about time the BBC acknowledged the importance of this event globally. Better late than never! I trust they won’t destroy the listening experience with commentary personally.

  11. keydetpiper

    Very cool. I wish I could be near a computer to watch!

  12. JamieDE

    Now, if they would only take over the whole event. Then we would be in buisness.

  13. AnClaidheamhSoluis

    Great news for all those around the world who pay nothing for the services provided by the BBC. They all get something for free that I have to pay for (and which I’m funding for them). Hopefully all those who complain about bands not getting their few pennies in royalties from playing and being recorded at the Worlds remember that it’s supposed to be about our art, not penny pinching, the next time that debate comes up!

  14. duncanmillar

    I’ll try to remember it’s not about penny pinching the next time our band brings up fundraising or when I board the plane to use the $1500 ticket I bought to go and play there or when I buy a sandwich that costs three times as much in Scotland. Thanks.

  15. Bert

    If it’s not penny pinching and there is a problem with the cost of a airline tickets, sandwiches etc., then the simple answer is Don’t Go” – There is a need for glory or self gratification or you wouldn’t be bothered. There is however once again a need to belly ache and not be supportive of something positive.”

  16. duncanmillar

    To suggest that the debate over lack of consent (which is still a problem) was at all related to penny pinching is short sighted and uninformed to say the least. If you will recall, it was an attempt to get the RSPBA to take care of their books so they could protect themselves from risk and respectfully attribute the performances correctly and legally. It is very gratifying to play in a good band and compete against other good bands but doing so requires a ton of spending. Stealing is stealing and that bothers those of us who pay for things such as flights and sandwiches.

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