Formula One’s director of media rights has revealed the sport plans to test High Dynamic Range (HDR) broadcasts during the forthcoming season.
In an interview with Motorsport.com, Ian Holmes said, “One of the things that we’re specifically looking at is HDR, which is very effective for fast-moving objects. We will be conducting tests this year, and that for us I think is potentially the next stage of an offering.
“We’ve also got to look at who could take it. If we had a feed tomorrow, there would be very few people who could take it. The other thing is sometimes you produce this wonderful technology, and the broadcasters have the ability [to show it], but people’s devices are not capable of taking it,” he added.
Holmes added that he’ll be keeping an eye on other major sporting event set to take place in 2021, to see which new technologies will be used to broadcast it around the world. “The Olympics always pushes the boat out a little bit, as it’s once every four years. Quite a lot of technology often comes through from that, so I’m quite interested, especially with it being in Japan, that’s always quite an interesting thing to pay attention to,” he said.
“But certainly for us, I think HDR is something that we’re quite excited about.”
The 2021 Formula One season begins on 26th March.