F1 to offer High Definition TV coverage

Formula 1 looks set to be broadcast in high definition as of later this season, even though the sport's supremo Bernie Ecclestone has reservations about such a move

F1 to offer High Definition TV coverage

Plans are being put in place to upgrade the television cameras and production facilities that provide the world television feed to allow the HD footage to be available to F1's television broadcasters.

Ecclestone said he did not know when the sport would switch over to the higher quality footage, but confirmed to autosport.com that it would be at some point later this year. Other sports, including football and golf, have already gone the HD route.

But although the move will be welcome by a number of fans, Ecclestone has admitted he is in a quandary about the matter because of the limited number of channels that broadcast in high definition.

That is why he felt it more important for F1 to be available in a widescreen format to allow for bigger pictures on more people's television sets.

"The trouble with high definition is that there are not many people who have got the equipment to receive it, so there is not much point," he said.

"We are really broadcasting for the big screen now, rather than worrying about HD."

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