Formula 1 to broadcast in HD from 2011 image

According to Autocar, Formula 1 will finally be broadcast in high definition from 2011, the sport’s bosses have confirmed.

After clinching an extension to its F1 broadcast deal late last year, Sky Deutschland said that its German, Austrian and Swiss viewers would be able to watch the whole of the 2011 season in ‘native’ HD. All the cameras will be full HD although on-board cameras will remain in standard definition due to the weight and complexity of the equipment.

“This agreement is a late Christmas gift to our customers,” revealed Sky’s sports chief Carsten Schmidt, whilst Sky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan described the announcement as ‘a great expansion of the market-leading HD offering from Sky’ and added: “The broadcast of F1 in true HD is something that millions of racing fans in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have yearned for.”

The BBC is yet to reveal whether they will be broadcasting in HD in 2011.
“Further details about BBC plans for 2011 will be released in due course,” a statement from the public broadcaster said.