Its ridiculous that in 2012 we can’t even see the free to air broadcasts of some of the biggest sporting events of the year in HD. A situation not likely to change until anologue is off in 2014.
During the AFL Grand Final on Saturday, Seven’s HD channel 7mate will be broadcasting regular programming while the same is also the case with Nine’s HD channel GEM who are playing a movie from 1957 and Antiques Roadshow during the NRL Grand Final on Sunday (Sept 30).
Then, on the following weekend, 7mate is carrying regular programming during the Bathurst 1000 – which was actually simulcast in HD last year.
Its one thing to offer alternative content on digital channels, but we are talking about three very huge sporting events which should be delivered to fans simulcast in HD.
This would be unheard of in any other country. Can you imagine, if in the US, the Superbowl was not broadcast in HD? There’d be riots.
UPDATE: The official word from Seven:
“Seven’s primary channel is in SD. We’re producing our coverage for our primary channel.”
There you have it. No HD in 2012 from Seven.
The replay on 7mate at 6.30pm Saturday night will obviously also be in standard definition.