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More broadcasters announce HD for F1 coverage

Television spectators in German-speaking countries as well as Brazil, Britain, Australia and the US will be able to watch formula one in high definition (HD) this year.

Sky Deutschland this week pre-empted Formula One Management’s official announcement about the availability of a HD feed in 2011.

Confirmation about the BBC’s plans followed shortly afterwards, and it has also emerged that One will use the HD stream in Australia, as will Speed TV in the United States and Globo in Brazil.

“It’s fantastic news that FOM has decided to green-light HD broadcasts,” said the BBC’s head of HD Danielle Nagler.

Added Speed’s head of production and network operations Rick Miner: “We couldn’t be more pleased with this decision.”

And Australian Network Ten’s HD channel OneHD confirmed: “OneHD will be showing F1 in pure HD.  Enjoy.”

However, in 2011, the on-board cameras will continue to capture footage in standard definition.