AFP Spanish video service, now in HD

Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 06-10-2011

French news agency AFP has announced that its Spanish language video distribution service is now also being produced in high definition (HD).

Used widely by news programmes and TV channels across Latin America, the service gives TV and online producers daily access to international news footage captured by the professional cameras of one of the world's largest news organisations.

While the French, English and German language feeds that AFP also produces were already being distributed in HD, the Spanish version was still produced only in standard definition (SD).

The news agency said that the migration to HD will help solidify AFP's video offering not only to broadcasters and production companies across Latin America but also to providers of web information services. The upgrade also means that smart phones and public screens will now be able to display the higher-resolution content in widescreen (16:9) format.

In preparation for the launch, AFP began to shoot footage for its Spanish language service with HD cameras in September 2011. The service will include news coverage and information angles specifically addressing Latin American markets. According to the company, customers should also notice improvements in content delivery times.