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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 1339 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

minardimatt - Unregistered

January 13, 2011 12:08 AM

As for 3-D.... I just don't see the point in the technology at all so even considering that for me is a waste of time. Want to see F1 close up?? Go to a race! I don't wanna sit watching TV with some silly 3-D glasses on, who cares if you see things pop out of the screen I'd swap that for clarity anytime of the week. A while back I watched Clash Of The Titans in 3D... a quarter of the way in I took the glasses off... its just a big con by TV companies to make more money!

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