Olympics Coming In Super Hi Vision

The BBC is planning to showcase a new broadcasting technology

for the 2012 London Olympics, which promises 16 times the quality of high definition images.

Called Super Hi Vision, the technology will be shown on

50ft high screens, which are being built specially for the BBC, at three locations around the UK for the Games. The display

technology may be on show to the public next year at those three locations but

the technology itself is over a decade away from being available to the consumer in

their homes.

“When you sit and watch it you really get the

experience of being in seat D5 in the stadium,” said Roger Mosey, director

of London 2012 for the BBC, speaking at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh

International Television Festival. “Super Hi Vision might be a better

long-term prospect than 3D in some ways as it gives you the feel of being in

the stadium. People are knocked out by it.”

Super Hi Vision Olympics

The three locations will be the Beeb’s Pacific Quay building

in Glasgow; Broadcasting House in London and the National

Media Museum

in Bradford, though the last location is

subject to on-going negotiation.

The opening ceremony is likely to be the first event

broadcast using the technology which uses a single camera to capture a

wide-angle shot. Mosey told the audience in Edinburgh that Sharp is working on

a consumer-level 85in Super Hi Vision set but that it would be over a decade

before that technology would be available in stores.

The BBC has been rather reticent when it comes to

broadcasting in 3D with Wimbledon being its first

foray in the realm. Mosey added that some Olympic events will be broadcast by

the BBC in 3D but details of which were still being finalised with the official

Olympic broadcaster.