BBC Research & Development (R&D) is working on technology to solve the problem of delays (lag) when people watch live internet streams rather than a TV broadcast. It will demonstrate a prototype at the IBC show in Amsterdam.

The prototype low-latency technology will show how the gap between a live internet stream and live broadcast TV can be eliminated. BBC R&D said this prototype was unlikely to change live streaming delays any time soon, but will hopefully resolve the problem in the future. The low-latency techniques work by either reducing the duration of each video and audio data segment, or by creating the segments progressively as a series of chunks that can be passes through the chain immediately as they become available.