Loud! Noises! BBC Develops Product To Tune Out Grunting At Wimbledon
Ever wish you could turn down the volume on Maria Sharapova? Well, now thanks to the compassionate folks of the BBC, you can.
For years, casual tennis fans and diehards alike have complained about the insufferable grunting/screaming/shrieking/animal-esque noises of the sport's top female competitors. And it appears that the powers that be have finally listened.
The BBC has recently launched a noise-reduction program called Wimbledon Net Mix that enables Internet users to increase commentary volume, while reducing unnecessary sound effects.
According to Rupert Brun, the head of technology for the BBC's Audio and Music department, the decision was made to debut the product at Wimbledon since the tournament often elicits the most comments about excessive aural outbursts.
For now, the adjustable sound will only be available for Centre Court matches.
The BBC said Net Mix has received positive feedback and that it will consider using it during other sporting events and on its iPlayer.
The news comes after the head of Wimbledon, Ian Ritchie, publicly voiced his displeasure with grunting, claiming it was spoiling the game. So, yes, this might be the beginning of the end to loud tennis lady noises.
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