I simply cannot believe the Seven will not be broadcasting the AFL Grand Final replay in HD.
While I can understand they logistically may not be able to do the 3D broadcast due to the fact they are probably sharing some resources with Nine who has the NRL Grand Final to deal with the next day, I cannot understand why Seven would not broadcast the AFL Grand Final replay in HD – as it turns out, they also share HD resources.
Seven say that it comes down to the availability of HD equipment and pre-commitments to other events. This situation arises due to the sharing of HD facilities the networks and other productions and that all of the HD gear is booked out for the weekend.
If it was Ten broadcasting the Grand Final this year, there would not be a problem – you would simply see it in HD on ONE HD. Even if it was Nine – they would sacrifice some GEM programming for the Grand Final – just like they are for the NRL Grand Final on Sunday (Oct 3).
If Fox Sports were allowed to broadcast the AFL Grand Final – you can guarantee you would be able to see it in HD on one of their THREE Fox Sports HD channels.
Looking at forums like those in Media Spy, one of the biggest complaints about AFL on TV is the fact that Seven do not adequately provide HD coverage - even before giving up HD full time for the third channel. With the advent of Ten’s ONE HD, the games Ten / ONE show are all available in HD.
It’s just another big leap backwards for HD in Australia. To have one of the top sporting events of the year, with an audience of over 3 million, not in aired HD is a sad sign of the state of free to air HD TV in Australia.
BUT – what can they do – if all the networks are sharing HD facilities, then I suppose the same would happen to any of them – unless they all owned what they use. The fact that the AFL Grand Final replay now falls on the same weekend as the NRL Grand Final and the opening of the Commonwealth Games would not help.