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 Jan 10, 2005 - 12:30 PM - by Michael
* Sirius Radio grabs WM9 for Video

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Sirius Radio has picked Windows Media 9 codec to transmit its upcoming video channels.

It should also be interesting to see how adding video impacts Sirius' audio streams. The company is positive that it can free up enough satellite bandwidth to stream two to three channels of video without compromising the quality of its existing audio channels. Sirius claims that advances in their encoding and newer more powerful processors will make all the difference. It's a strong possibility. Sirius addressed long standing complaints about the quality of its audio (especially at the high end) by acquiring the team writing its codecs at iBiquity (yes, the HD Radio folks). It then started an aggressive series of firmware updates. Released quarterly, the updates alternate focus between enhancing compression and improving audio quality. We haven't had a chance to test Sirius since early in 2004, but rumor has it that most recent updates have done marvels for its audio quality.
Well, WM9 is a relatively highly compressed codec; I'd imagine they'll do pretty well with it.

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