Sunday, August 2, 2009

Doordarshan will broadcast games using High Definition digital technology format

Taking a cue from the Beijing Olympics, the government is set to broadcast the 2010 Commonwealth Games using High Definition digital technology. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), headed by the Prime Minister, is likely to decide on converting Doordarshan's broadcast into HDTV-format on Thursday.

Piloted by the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry, the proposal will enable DD to beam 16 times sharper images than standard television to Indian TV viewers.

Most of DD's 1,400 transmitters are still on analog mode, which requires an antenna and the public broadcaster will need about Rs 430 crore for digitizing its entire system. The I&B ministry is planning to rope in top international sports consultants to set up a high quality broadcast format that is comparable with best in the world, and better than the Beijing broadcast. BBC and Sky Sports use the HDTV-format. The viewers will be able to enjoy the High-Definition viewing only if they have a High-Definition enabled TV or a set top box fitted regular TV.

The Beijing Olympics in August 2008 made the Chinese authorities as well as manufacturers of HDTV equipment including TV sets as well as Studio broadcast systems