I've recently (again) been in contact with Danielle Nagler, head of BBC HD, regarding the possibility of F1 in HD for 2010. I have, today, received an e-mail off her:
You may remember I contacted you a few months ago regarding F1 in HD on BBC. I was wondering whether you have any update on the situation and if F1 will probably be in HD this year. I hope that F1 is in HD this year, but realise it is beyond the BBC's control. Any response regarding negotiations and how likely percentage wise it is that F1 will be in HD will be great.
I have had further conversations about this since our last contact, and indeed the BBC has had further discussions with F1 [Formula One Management]. But so far - despite some small moves by F1 which might suggest that they are moving in that direction - we have had nothing from them that suggests we're going to be able to offer any of the grand prix this coming season in HD. There is a feeling of certainty that it will happen at some point - but quite when that will be remains very unclear.
Sorry not to be able to respond in a more reassuring form, but don't want to give you any more hope than I have as to when we're going to be able to bring it to you in HD,
All the best,
Doesn't sound at all good really. I think we might as well, unless a near miracle comes along, rule out the prospect of F1 being in HD this year.
FOM --> Not really impressed with FOM to say the least. 5/10 years behind the rest... we're in 2010 and still F1 isn't in HD.