How the BBC is building the future of TV by blowing it up into little bits reports that while audiences around the world know the UK’s BBC best for its hit TV shows like Top Gear and Doctor Who, it has been a key force in technological advances since since it first started broadcasting almost a century ago.

To this day, its labs are cooking up experiments that may completely change the way we consume audio and video, and I went to take a look at them.

The BBC’s R&D division claims noise-canceling microphones, transatlantic broadcasts and HD TV among the innovations it has driven forward. Today though, it’s exploring how audio and video can become more flexible, leading to personalized content for audiences, easier lives for producers and money saved for a publicly-funded broadcaster under pressure to cut costs.

At the BBC’s R&D facility in Salford in the North of England, a team of software developers, designers, human interaction specialists and scientists from fields like psychology and anthropology work alongside academics from universities around the UK on a set of projects all based around the same idea – breaking audio and video up into tiny pieces and doing clever things with those pieces.