F1 » F1 to go HD in 2011


F1 will be broadcast in true 'native' High Definition (HD) for the first time this year, with Sky Deutschland paving the way and suggestions that it may open the floodgates for many more to follow...

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mkindy - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 11:53 AM

erm... red button features don't work on HD channels in the UK... Means you will only get the standard commentary, no 5live, no timing screens etc.. but would still love to see F1 in HD as long as the simulcast it. Mind you, I tend to log into f1.com to get the timing screens anyway...


The WSBK races they showed last year in HD really help to bring out the detail and enhance the action. When they show super slow motion shots they are simply awsome to watch on my big plasma.

Taz - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 1:45 PM

@Calvin

You can get BBC HD on freesat although that requires shelling out for a decoder box and dish.

Freeview HD will happen at some stage...even though they are failing miserably at rolling out the SD freeview service at present.

KGBVD - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 3:44 PM

I've been a little confused about these HD stories over the past few weeks. Here in North America we've had HD F1 feed for a few years now, both on SPEED-HD and TSN-HD (depending on where you are), and both showing a huge improvement over their standard definition counterparts.

Perhaps the difference is the newly reported "True HD" feed, which would require new cameras etc. Maybe the coverage we get now is only "Full HD" (1080p vs 1080i/720p).

If viewers in Europe have been struggling with standard definition (480i) until now I feel sorry for them. Maybe Bernie's got a point about that whole 'Europe-joining-the-3rd-world' thing :P

Insomniac - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 3:54 PM

Any previous HD F1 races have been upscaled by the channel provider, as there had been no HD feed FOM. This year FOM will broadcast in 1080i from the track, although in car cameras will remain SD and be upscaled by FOM at the track. The BBC wil likely use the HD feed, and then downscale it for SD viewers. I repeat, there has been no previous HD feed from FOM and any previous HD footage has merely been upscale from the FOM SD source.

Kiko - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 3:57 PM

RE: No Red Button features on HD.

I have Virgin Media and there are two BBC HD channels - "BBC1 HD" and "BBC HD" and whilst I was on "BBC HD" last night watching the Football it gave the option for the Red Button.

Perhaps Red Button options are work in progress?

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