Some sports fans love the unceasing commentator patter that accompanies every televised sporting event. Others find it inane and annoying. Now they can choose for themselves, at least if they’re watching online. The BBC is conducting an experiment where viewers of the Wimbledon online stream can download an application called NetMix. NetMix creates a fader bar with “Court” on one end and “Commentary” that lets them set the balance to their liking.
“We receive regular feedback about sound quality on both radio and television and the most common complaint is that the speech (commentary or dialogue) is too quiet compared with the sound effects or music,” explained Rupert Brun, head of technology for audio and music at the BBC in a blog post announcing the experiment.
Seems like a great idea to us, and we hope other networks start using the same system. We would love to watch Olympic figure skating without all the verbiage.
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