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BBC to show F1 in HD after FOM opens feed to all

After Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Management (FOM) organisation announced that it will make an HD feed available to all F1 broadcasters this year, the BBC has become one of the first to sign up
The BBC has revealed that like Sky Deutschland, it too will show F1 in High Definition (HD) in 2011, after Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Management (FOM) organisation confirmed that an HD feed will be available to all of the sport's host television broadcasters this year.

Sky Deutschland pre-empted the news somewhat by announcing its plans to broadcast in true 'native' HD to its German-speaking subscribers with HD-ready TVs and set-top boxes in Germany, Austria and Switzerland [see separate story – click here], and now FOM has corroborated that 'coverage of all 20 rounds, including all practice sessions and support events, will be originated in HD with the international feed then offered throughout the world at a data rate of 42 Megabits/second (MPEG-2)'.

F1 presently attracts more than 500 million television viewers globally, and FOM has reached its conclusion following extensive research and investment. It is believed that after Sky Deutschland took the lead, a whole host of broadcasters in other countries will now follow suit – and the BBC will be one of them, adding to its existing HD coverage of Wimbledon, all live golf, horse racing's Grand National and rugby's Six Nations.

“Along with many, many HD viewers, I'm delighted that we'll have a chance next season to see F1 in all its glory on television,” remarked Danielle Nagler, Head of BBC HD and 3D. “It's fantastic news that FOM has decided to green-light HD broadcasts, and we're looking forward to sharing with the fans all the races in all their detail on BBC One HD and BBC HD.”

“We're delighted to be broadcasting in HD, something we know fans have been waiting for,” agreed the Beeb's Head of F1, Ben Gallop. “It will really add something extra to our coverage for 2011.”

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GIXXER - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 7:36 PM
Last Edited 2383 days ago

Why not a 3D HD broadcast, thought F1 was the pinnacle of technology. Only now catching up with HD after all this time. Not Impressed at all. Superbike has already done HD, and Bike GP's did night races first aswell. Why dont they remove two of the wheels and be done with it, instead of follow my leader on bike racing. Atleast the racing would be good and not put me to sleeeeep p.s. THE F1 points system seems familiar aswell hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Gixxer - Unregistered

January 13, 2011 12:34 PM

Your a fickle bunch, go and see 3D at an Imax before you comment. Atleast we can fall asleep infront of a high def broadcast instead of the Low Quality borefest. If you have been to watch an F1 event youll know you have to stand a mile away from the track, unless you have marshalled the an event like me, even then It was boring in comparison to a bike race.

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