F1 set for HD TV coverage

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

ITV logoFormula One television could be about to catch up with the high definition broadcasting revolution.

SISLink, a global satellite broadcasting company, has won a contract to supply ITV Sport with HD-ready satellite facilities for F1 coverage, starting with next week’s Australian Grand Prix.

The company is building two HD-ready trucks and upgrading its facilities in Milton Keynes. SISLink will provide the satellite broadcast for 16 of the 17 races (it is not clear which race they will not work on).

SISLink will have a dedicated HD truck ready to broadcast from the eight European rounds beginning with the Spanish Grand Prix on May 13th. Managing Director David Meynell said: ?????ǣWe will be supplying ITV Sport with the most advanced satellite uplink truck we have ever produced, using new technologies allowing us to offer an unrivalled level of service.??????

High definition broadcasts offer vastly greater image quality over standard television images.

Major sporting events like last year’s football World Cup have already been broadcast in HD and it’s only right that a cutting-edge sport like F1 should exploit this technology sooner rather than later.

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