F1 to make HD debut in Britain

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

British Grand Prix, Silverstone, start, 2006, 2Formula 1 will be screened in high definition in the UK for the first time on the weekend of the British Grand Prix.

But the high definition coverage will not be offered on public television – it will only be screened at 30 of the Vue cinemas around the country.

Vue are charging a very steep ???15 per seat – but they throw in a copy of the official programme plus popcorn and a drink. There are 7,000 places available at their multiplexes nationwide.

The live race broadcast will be free of the advertisements which interrupt ITV’s coverage.

It’s great to see HD F1 finally becoming available in the UK – and it’s another measure of how the sport is gaining popularity with the amazing progress of Lewis Hamilton.

But many fans will be impatiently awaiting F1’s HD debut on British television. ITV boss Michael Grade is demanding that HD broadcasts be made available via the Freeview digital service. Let’s hope he gets his way and F1 on HD TV becomes a reality in the UK very soon.

The following Vue cinemas will be showing the British Grand Prix. If you’re going to one please tell us how it went afterwards:

Basingstoke Festival Place
Birmingham Star City
Bristol Longwell
Bury
Carlisle
Cheshire Oaks
Dagenham
Dublin*
Edinburgh Omni
Finchley North
Finchley Road
Fulham
Harltepool
Inverness
Islington
Lancaster
Leeds Light
Livingston
Manchester Lowry
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Preston
Romford
Scunthorpe
Shepherds Bush
Staines
Swansea
Watford
West End

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