Full High Definition audio is the latest first for Absolute Radio as the station streams an Elton John gig using FLAC.
The super-high quality audio, which the station will record and stream in Full HD, uses a Fully Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) meaning no quality is lost at all.
The gig will be held in the Union Chapel in Islington, London will be recorded and then streamed at absoluteradio.co.uk using a linear equivalent loss-less audio technology from 7pm Monday.
The Absolute Radio network will also start live streaming content via its Smart Phone mobile applications in a similar high extra quality option (128kbps) for all of its live channels – Absolute Radio, Absolute Classic Rock, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s and Absolute Radio extra.
Absolute Radio’s new online player interface which is due to launch in early December will also have an UK option of streaming the station’s audio in extra high quality sound (192kbps)
Sir Elton John commented: “For every artist sound quality is so important and when recording a live gig I don’t want to lose any quality at all. I want Absolute Radio listeners to feel like they are actually watching me perform live – full HD is definitely the way forward!”
“Elton John’s performance in Full HD will be a great streaming experience and what an amazing gig to kick it all off”, said Clive Dickens, Absolute Radio’s Chief Operating Officer. “Listeners who were not lucky enough to win tickets to be at the gig will be able to listen to Elton playing in the ethereal surroundings of the Union Chapel, and it will sound like they’re actually on the front row!”