Editing Out the Buzzing of the Vuvuzelas: Broadcasters Respond
Is the Buzzing of the Vuvzelas During the 2010 World Cup Driving You Crazy? You're Not Alone and Broadcasters are Starting to Respond to Complaints
The buzzing sound of the vuvuzelas is now a constant fixture of the 2010 World Cup, but the tournament only started five days ago and one of the biggest talking points is that buzzing sound that seems to have permeated every TV broadcast and is driving some viewers crazy. There is even a game to see how long you can last listening to a permanent vuvuzela sound.
Our story has received 233 comments at the time of publication, mostly about banning the vuvuzelas, but few broadcasters have responded to complaints.
Now that seems to be changing.
HBS TV who provides the feed for the World Cup broadcasts around the world have revealed they will be upping their audio filters to try and block out the buzzing of the vuvuzelas as much as possible. However, it will also drown out the noise of the crowd and the cheering as the noise cannot be filtered out on its own. The level in their ball mics have been increased to provide some better balance in the broadcast for the audience at home.
"Despite HBS' core philosophy, which is to provide 'realistic' host broadcast coverage reflecting the ambiance in the stadiums, additional audio filtering has been implemented," according to Host Broadcast Services daily newsletter given to rights holders Tuesday.
TF1, the French broadcaster, has also taken steps to reduce the vuvuzela sound, asking their commentators to hold their mics closer to their mouths.
The BBC has announced they are considering offering the games with only commentary available so that means no crowd sounds but also no vuvuzelas.
"We have already taken steps to minimize the noise and are continuing to monitor the situation," the BBC said in a statement, adding that it has received nearly 550 complaints. "If the vuvuzela continues to impact on audience enjoyment, we will look at what other options we can take to reduce the volume further."
Some people seem to like the vuvuzela, even purchasing the new iPhone app that mimics the sound of the plastic horn, while other supporters of the fan toy are saying people should stop complaining about it and just mute their TVs if they do not want to hear the noise.
The only problem is, if you mute your TV you won't get any commentary so we're not sure if that is the best solution either.
What do you think? Do you like the vuvuzelas? Or would you prefer to have your games broadcast without that sound?