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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