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F1 to finally go HD in 2011

By SYF77 on 24 Jan 2011

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Motorsports fans, rejoice. Formula One took its sweet time in rolling out coverage in glorious High Definition, but starting next season, viewers will be able to soak up all the open-wheel action in 1080i resolution.

According to certain reports, F1 organizers have been toying with the notion of delivering a HD feed for some time. This winter, Formula One Management (FOM) began testing brand-new equipment to make sure that broadcasts could be made at the rate of 42 mbps. Those tests apparently went well as FOM has announced that every F1 camera will be replaced with new HD hardware. In-car cameras will still be standard definition in the meantime.

A handful of broadcasters have already committed to carrying the new HD coverage so far, including Sky Germany and Globo in Brazil. There's no word as to whether Singapore fans will be able to sink their eyeballs into the 1080i broadcast or if we'll be stuck with a scaled-down version of the feed. BBC is rumored to have its eyes on broadcasting the races on its HD channel and then downscaling the footage for the rest of its viewers.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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