Soccer fans watching the World Cup starting next week who do not have a high-definition TV and Yes or HOT will miss out on part of the action, literally. The Israel Broadcasting Authority yesterday revealed its World Cup schedule for the month-long soccer fest. The authority invested NIS 30 million to provide a wide selection of games, pre- and post-game shows, celebrity hosts, improved graphics and HD-quality broadcasts. But part of the view will be cut off for customers without subscriptions to Yes or HOT and who are not HD-ready.
This is because the cameramen that FIFA contracted for the games will be filming at the 16:9 ratio required for HD technology, Avishai Segev told an IBA press conference yesterday. The broadcasts will be aired on a specially designated channel, 511, if you have Yes or HOT with HD capability. The sides of the picture will be cut for anyone watching on cable/satellite Channel 11, or terrestrial Channel 1, because that channel employs the old 4:3 ratio of filming that is being phased out (see box ).
Segev says the IBA has instructed camera crews to keep the action focused in the middle of the screen so viewers on Channel 1 don't miss out on, for example, a goal scored on the side of the HD screen.
The broadcasts will also be available in HD quality - for those with broadband - on the IBA Web site. The radio station Reshet Bet also plans to interrupt regular programming after every goal is scored.
The IBA will also complement the World Cup with news and entertainment shows. Moti Sklar, the IBA director-general, said one show will be "In the Stands with Geula Even and Oded Shahar" at 7 P.M., which will be a light current events program. Another will be "The Dream Team," a late-night program hosted by Tal Berman and Tsofit Grant that will include panels of journalists and entertainers.
There will also be documentaries and new editions of "Garlic, Pepper and Olive Oil" following the roots of Jewish cooking around the world.
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