Originally posted by rye&ginger
The resolution (1080p) is not linked to the framerate. TV framerate is 30 fps, not 25 I think.
We'll not see anything greater than 30 fps from a broadcast as the bandwidth is not available for some time. I imagine that will take 20-30 years when the next version of HDTV comes about.
The World Cup in HD was amazing. It would do wonders for F1.
We already are getting higher than 30 fps. Football and F1 would be awful at 30 fps. I have a clip on by HD from last year's world cup: 720p 60fps broadcast by abc.
The idea that TV only runs at 25/30 Hz is a very common misconception due to the way movies are transferred from film to TV (2 fields = 1 frame). For video content like sports each field actually represents a different moment in time, resulting in a motion frequency of 50/60 Hz. More information here: http://www.100fps.com/