Football goes 3D but still no HD for F1

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Will the first F1 race of 2010 be broadcast in HD?
Will the first F1 race of 2010 be broadcast in HD?

The 2010 Football World Cup will be broadcast in 3D next year by Sony. Up to 25 matches in the 64-game series will be available in 3D.

F1, meanwhile, has still not embraced the last generation of broadcasting technology: high definition.

British host broadcaster BBC is known to be keen to show F1 in HD, and is equipped to do so, but FOA are yet to offer it.

High-def is old news for football fans: the last World Cup in 2006 was broadcast in HD.

Here in Britain league football has been in HD for years, as are other sports including golf, rugby cricket and American football, which hardly has the largest following on these shores. Even darts is broadcast in high definition.

Plenty of other motor sports have got HD coverage sorted out. It seems especially preposterous that I can watch NASCAR in HD but not F1. Americans have been able to watch their favourite motor sport in HD since 2005.

When is the support technological pinnacle of motor sports going to catch up with the simpler worlds of darts and NASCAR?

Read more: FOA want more F1 on pay-TV

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  1. I really want to see f1 in hd. dunt know why ther. not starting it!

    1. One word. Ecclestone.

      1. FOM must offer their feed in HD because we get it in HD here in Aus. Sports channel OneHD do it, it is fantastic. You guys will love it! However, you really notice it when they go to an onboard camera! Hope they can get HD onboard cams soon…

        1. It is not in HD. SPEED TV offer “HD” broadcast. All it is, is upscaled. The outside cameras are all HD cameras and FOM was testing Onboards during the latter part of the season (is very noticeable).

          FOM won’t release it as apparently there isn’t 3 broadcasters that want it in the world, which is ridiculous.

          As BBC, ONE, SPEED & German TV(who broadcasts it there now?) all want it in HD.

          I personally think its all down to them not having total rights over Monaco or Suzuka broadcasts.

          1. Translation: There are 3 broadcasters in the world willing to pay what FOM wants to charge.

          2. aren’t

            *smacks head*

  2. As always they want to be called the pinnacle of motorsport…but it took them years and years to figure they had to broadcast in widescreen! let alone HD

    It’s weurd as it should be the other way around, they need to be the very first with those things!

    1. Australians have had F1 in 16:9 since ’03! You guys are missing out. Check it out:

      1. My mistake. It was just for the Australian race. I have no idea why…

  3. We Americans have also been able to watch F1 in HD for a few years — so it’s not just NASCAR on HD.

    Sorry :)

    1. Sorry bud, you’re watching an upscaled version of the broadcast. The races aren’t filmed in HD, which means nowhere has access to a HD feed.

    2. LOL it’s fakie HD

      I watch f1 on a HD tv on a HD tv broadcaster but the feed is SD….and is the same feed the rest of the world gets.

      1. No seriously, I have an HD Tele, it is obviously filmed in HD as us Australians get it in HD! It is so obvious. I watch the SD broadcasts on my TV then change to OneHD and it is so, so much clearer. SD is unbearable after HD F1.

        Google it, I am 100% on this, I can tell when it is HD! I am sure.

        1. NO…
          oneHD is a just aversion of the BBC feed…

        2. Here, I Googled it and this is what somone said: “All F1 races are filmed using HD camera’s it all down to how much the broadcaster wants to pay. The higher the bit rate the more is costs why do you think ITV PQ was ****** poor.

          HD F1 Feeds have been available to cinemas for sometime.”

          The quality is so much better, not sure if all races had HD thoough, I normally only watched the SD telecast as that was all I could record. However, I know for a fact that Valencia was in HD.

          1. Sorry, I was right (sort of), here is what another website has to say: “The term (Enhanced Definition) refers to devices capable of displaying 480 or 576-line signals in progressive scan (commonly referred to as “480p (NTSC)” and “576p (PAL)” respectively) as opposed to interlaced scanning, commonly referred to as “480i (NTSC)” or “576i (PAL)”. High-motion is optional for EDTV.[1]

            In other countries the outlook may be different. For example, in Australia the 576p digital TV system is officially recognised as high definition.”

            It says only Australians regard it as HD. Sorry about that, but it is way better clarity in ED or in Australia; HD! XD

          2. I’m in Australia, and it’s not in HD. Ch1 just kill the feed on their standard def station and force you to watch it on the HD one. But it ain’t HD. It’s boosted. That’s all. If it ain’t filmed in HD, it can’t be broadcast in HD. Please understand this, damon.

  4. Prisoner Monkeys
    7th December 2009, 7:40

    I don’t actually have a problem with the lack of high definition – my television doesn’t support it.

  5. Although it is a small issue, i think it speaks loudly about the current state of F1.

  6. Really not good enough…it will be 2010 and it’s nothing harder than buying new cameras to capture the footage…and considering most feeds are contracted out to local broadcasters of that nation(cameramen, cameras etc) to film for Brnies mob to produce and package…most local broadcasters around the world already have HD equipment, so the HD footage is then de-scaled down to SD…and then feed out to the various broadcasters.

    So it’s not that it can’t be done tomorrow if they so choose to.

    1. It’s not quite that simple. Your entire workflow has to be HD which includes your onsite editing suite, digital recorders (for the replays and season review DVD’s) and a higher bandwidth uplink to send the feed over. The BBC ran into a similar problem with the Chinese olympics, when booking their uplink about 8 years in advance all they asked for was an SD feed – they actually developed a video compression codec called Dirac which ended up being used as it squeezes an HD signal over SD bandwidth.

  7. As long as Bernie and CVC are in involved it won’t happen, all they do is take money out of the sport and constantly take more and more without giving for they are greedy.

  8. Jonesracing82
    7th December 2009, 9:26

    i honestly dont see the issue, have they not been using HD onboard camera’s this year and was Abu Dhabi not broadcast in HD?
    it’s not like the sport can’t afford to do it……
    V8 Supercars here in Oz r shown in HD i am fairly sure

  9. Can anyone tell me how to watch F1 via BBC because I am still watching F1 on Star Sports/ESPN only.

    1. Move to the UK? ;)

    2. vlc player and then google British tv for vlc

  10. its just more evidence that Bernie & CVC are massively out of touch with what the people who follow F1 want & the technology available;

    When are we gunna get the old reviews transferred to DVD? Why cant we legally download old races or even old highlights? Ive spent ridiculous amounts of money on old races offof ebay and various other places on the web for poor quality vhs transfers of old broadcasts.

  11. It’s a shame for us Bernie will take more money from the TV people yet he won’t telecast in HD format.

  12. Hey, I need 2007 F1 season. Please tell me where to download it. Give me some link .

    1. You will need a lot of luck getting that season. Google search these words: F1 2007 torrent.

      Then learn how to use “torrents”. You can google that and learn in less than an hour. It takes time but trust me its worth it once you get your F1 fix. You might be able to find a few races from that season but 2008 and 2009 are you best bets.

  13. The thing is though if F1 goes to HD it will be the first event which takes place in a lot of different places all over the world and that will be a first. All the other sport events are local events which don’t require as much planning and or technical requirement than placing 50+ Cameras around a 6km track…

    1. Not true. Cricket in Sky Sports has been filmed in HD for the last couple of years, whether that’s the Ashes or ODIs over the globe.

      1. Correct – but cricket matches only use about 5 or 6 HD cameras.

  14. The Japanese GPs in the last 3 years were broadcast in “real” HD by the way, but that was not produced by the FOM, that was broadcast by Fuji TV.

  15. Even A1GP is in HD

  16. Glad F1 isn’t in 3D though. Anyone see the channel 4 3D week?

    It was rubbish, you couldn’t see anything and it just hurt your eyes

  17. It’s obvious why it’s not in HD, Ecclestone doesnt want us to see how ugly he is….

    1. Well… you don’t need HD to see that do you ?

  18. I’m amazed that F1’s even available in colour.

  19. ive been watching f1 in 3d for years with surround sound and smellovision. What you do is buy a ticket and go. Simple!

  20. No HDTV, very late to release season reviews on DVD, anyone spotting a trend here?

    FOM need some young blood at the helm who understand the current market.

    And also I don’t give a monkeys about 3-D, the films are overrated and as was said C4 gave you a headache

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