The AFL Grand Final was not able to be seen live in HD in Australia this year, even though it was last year.
Don’t get me started on that one. I have blogged enough about how absurd the situation of HD free to air TV in Australia is compared to the rest of the world!
According to Media Week, the AFL Grand Final was airing in HD on ESPN in the US. Probably at some ungodley hour, like US sporting in HD is aired on ONE.
However, unless HD cameras were used by Ten, I fail to see how the US ESPN coverage could have been anything other than being upscaled to HD.
If HD equipment was used for the AFL Grand Final broadcast in Australia, yet not aired in HD here, it just further reinforces the ridiculous position we are in at the moment in this country with HD sporting telecasts.
Having said that, at least the Bathurst 1000 on Seven will air in HD on 7mate next weekend, and the Aussie Moto GP the following weekend will air in HD on ONE. Both events also air on the standard definition main channels.
But still, that leaves the Footy Grand Finals – both AFL and NRL – stuck in the dark ages with no HD broadcasts.
Last year, both (other than the AFL Grand Final replay) aired in 3D as well.
Isn’t this 2011?