The odds of Formula 1 broadcasts occurring in true high definition seem to have widened, with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone indicating that he was “not sure” if the 2011 broadcast feed would be HD quality.
The 80-year-old had previously boosted the hopes of F1’s massive global TV audience when he indicated that the sport’s broadcasting would hopefully move into full-HD resolution “probably next year”.
One of the principal reasons for Ecclestone’s cold feet seems to be entirely out of his control, with the fact that high-definition cameras are simply too bulky to be installed on the cars for onboard footage broadcasting.
Continuing with standard-definition cameras on the cars would render future broadcasts “50% HD and 50% standard definition”, he told Germany’s motorsport-total.com.
Another reason for Bernie’s reluctance to progress further in the age of digital broadcasting – at least according to noted motorsport journalists Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid – is the previous failure of his
overpriced multi-channel digital feed he tried to set up in the late 1990s.
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