While some networks seem to lead the way in HD, -- like CBS
producing the very first NFL
game in HD almost 10 years ago -- other networks just can't stop dragging their feet. Sure FOX shows up sometimes, -- like producing 6 NFL games a week in HD, even if they don't look that great -- but they still confuse consumers with their "FOX Widescreen
" and there are still many events that deserve the HD treatment, but don't get it. Sure F1 racing isn't very popular in the US, but it is just a kick in the head to every US F1 fan when FOX
down-grades the signal here, because they aren't willing to pay a dime extra to F1 to upgrade the signal
. So while the rest of the world at least gets widescreen coverage,
US fans will have to settle for 4x3 SD
. The economics of a single event aside, the overall image of the network is diminished when they fail to deliver on a major worldwide event like the US GP.
**UPDATE** FOX did step up and at least present the race in EDTV, which we are grateful for, but it still isn't HD -- lucky for us, the US Open is.