F1 being filmed in HD this year

The BBC has confirmed F1 is being filmed in HD this year.

But Formula One Management is not making the high definition feed available to broadcasters.

Danielle Nagler, the BBC’s head of HD, wrote on her blog today:

The events are being filmed in HD (as far as we know) but they are not made available by F1 to broadcasters in HD.
Danielle Nagler

Earlier this year Lee McKenzie from BBC’s F1 team said HD would be offered to F1 broadcasters in 2011. It may be that FOM wishes to get a year’s experience of filming in HD under its belt before committing to a live feed in high definition.

Hopefully they will release the HD footage shot this year in some form, either via their website or perhaps the end-of-season video review.

Meanwhile, NASCAR is being broadcast in HD for the sixth year in 2010.

Thanks to Mikesrandall for the tip

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88 comments on F1 being filmed in HD this year

  1. Florida Mike said on 6th March 2010, 23:56

    It’s almost a moot point for me here in Florida where F1 is carried on Speed TV which doesn’t have an HD channel on Comcast cable. I don’t know if Direct TV or Dish Network satelite service offers Speed TV in HD, but I would still only get SD on the cable service I subscribe to.

    Fox covers 4 races in the summer, and it’s broadcast in full 16×9 widescreen on their HD channel, but posters on this board have said it’s upscaled SD; it’s still much better than the 4×3 SD on Speed.

  2. TV Geek said on 8th March 2010, 14:18

    Question for F1 Dave, or anyone else who knows…

    F1 is shown in many different countries at many different Frame Rates, including 25, 30, 50 and 60 FPS (50 and 60 when they use HD). My question is, what Frame Rate do the F1 cameras use, and how is it converted to the broadcast Frame Rates? For movies, they record at 24FPS and then for 25FPS broadcast they just speed it up, so the run time is shorter. But F1 is live, so they can’t speed it up or slow it down, so how do they cope with all the different Frame Rates. Any answers welcome :-)

  3. Matt Whiting said on 30th March 2010, 12:35

    I’ve just been reading these replys and i know its nearly a month since any1 wrote about this but the reason i’m now looking into why F1 isn’t in HD is becoming ever more strange. . . Can it really be because of cost and the broadcastors ? The answer is NO !
    MOTO GP will be in HD this year, as will WORLD SUPERBIKES ! WSB Has no were near the same amount of viewers as F1 or MOTO GP but there doing it!I caught the WSB this weekend on Eurosport HD ! IT LOOKED AMAZING ! ! ! !

  4. George L said on 5th September 2010, 20:49

    Sooo lame to not have F1 in HD. On this side of the pond, I can watch the FEEDER series for Indycar and NASCAR in HD. Hillbillies on dirt tracks, in HD!!! Yet the “pinnacle of motorsport” can’t seem to get it done. Bernie, you are an idiot. A rich idiot, but idiot none-the-less.

  5. F1anatic said on 9th September 2010, 11:50

    Does anyone know which camera’s are currently being used for the F1 onboard camera’s?

  6. phill h said on 10th October 2010, 2:41

    F1 HAS BEEN FILMED IN HD FOR YEARS AND YEARS STOP THIS NONSE ITS SIMPLY THAT THE HD FEED DOES NOT GET OUT OF BAKERSVILLE THE MOTOR HOMES IN TH COMPLEX HAVE IT IN HD STOP SAYS THINGS LIKE THIS

  7. Jason said on 19th October 2010, 11:43

    Looks like Brazil will be on BBC One HD if OneHD meet the rumoured launch date. Will F1 just be upscaled though ? MotoGP is in HD the weekend before on BBCHD – could it signal a sea change ?

  8. Maybe you could make changes to the blog subject F1 being filmed in HD this year | F1 Fanatic – The Formula 1 Blog to something more better for your subject you create. I loved the the writing still.

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