F1 HD confirmed

Formula 1′s move to HD television coverage in 2011 has been officially confirmed by Formula One Management (FOM). All TV channels that have rights to the sport will receive an HD feed.

FOM has invested in equipment that is good enough to ensure that it can download the data to broadcasters at a rate of 42MB of data per second and the broadcast will be in 1080i resolution. All trackside cameras will be full HD, but due to the technical complexity of on-board cameras these will remain upscaled standard definition cameras for now.

Several broadcasters have already confirmed their plans to show true HD coverage in 2011 including Sky Germany and Globo in Brazil with other channels set to follow suit immediately.