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.”