Nederland 1 HD to broadcast in 1080i

The Dutch public broadcasting umbrella organisation NPO and its technical partner Technicolor have decided to offer an HD version of Nederland 1 HD in 1080i rather than 720p following complaints about the quality of the signal. Cable operators Ziggo and UPC have decided to offer this better quality version to their subscribers, and it is believed the DTH provide Canal Digitaal will follow suit.

Many viewers of the temporary Nederland 1 HD channel complained about the technical quality of the Euro 2008 football coverage. The original source material was supplied in 1080i, but down converted to 720p by Technicolor, resulting in loss of picture quality. Technicolor and NPO have now decided to offer an 1080i test streams to gauge consumer reaction.