Sunday, October 10, 2010

Channel 7's got the channels, but not the cameras - Bathurst 1000

Channel 7 Sydney have claimed that the scale of the Bathurst 1000 was beyond the network's ability to cover in HD, with many of Australia's HD cameras in Delhi for the Commonwealth Games, which was why last week's AFL grand final replay had been broadcast in standard definition.

"(The) decision on HD was made by Seven and V8 Supercars Television based on available equipment and in-car cameras, cameras buried in the track and barriers and the like: a total of 168 cameras (not all cameras were HD)," Mr Francis said.

The comments have come to light in the wake of 7's decision to delay the "live" broadcast by 20 minutes.

"The closeness of the race, the reduced number of safety cars in today's race, advertising commitments and our desire that viewers not miss a single moment of the race led us to time-shift our coverage," Seven spokesman Simon Francis initially said.

Race watchers - already incensed by the network's decision not to broadcast the race in high definition, went into meltdown on social networking sites when they discovered other online media's coverage of the race was 10 laps - or about 20 minutes - ahead of Seven's supposedly live telecast, which was delayed to fit in ads.

As the race wound down to a nail-biting finish, Twitter exploded in a stream of angry attacks on the network as people following the race on TV and their computers realised what was going on.

As Craig Lowndes was crossing the line in his Holden for a historic victory with co-driver Mark Skaife, viewers on Seven were still 10 laps behind.

"This 20 min delay in Bathurst telecast is a major fail for ch 7, this is why I don't watch commercial TV any more," race fan DDsD tweeted.

Mr Francic finished with
"Our objective was viewers not miss a moment of action."

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