Yesterday we explained how to block the 233-Hz drone of the vuvuzela with software at home. Today, Host Broadcast Services, providers of the TV feed of the World Cup, announced that it has increased the EQ filtering on the back end, after viewer complaints about the controversial horn.
"Despite HBS' core philosophy, which is to provide 'realistic' host broadcast coverage reflecting the ambiance in the stadiums, additional audio filtering has been implemented," the announcement stated.
The BBC, meanwhile, is considering providing two separate audio channels for the broadcasts, one with ambient horning muted and another including the full glory of the vuvuzela.
I like the BBC's plan. Some people want the feel of being there, so they have their horn channel, and for those of us that want to just watch the game with as little annoyance as possible, there's the filtered channel.
I have a feeling some of the people there wish they didn't have the feeling of being there. I am sure those things are really annoying. I don't mind cheering at a game but its really annoying when someone pulls an air horn out. I wish when I was there they could filter that person out.