Bumper TV feast set for World Cup

THE Fifa 2010 World Cup will represent the biggest broadcast in the 23-year history of SuperSport.

THE Fifa 2010 World Cup will represent the biggest broadcast in the 23-year history of SuperSport.

Announcing its broadcast plans on Wednesday, SuperSport revealed it will have at least four customised World Cup channels, one of which will be high definition (HD), with three of them broadcasting 24 hours a day.

In addition, there will be four unique daily magazine shows - Chase the Makarapa, Woza Lunchtime, Supernova and Harambee.

"Fifa has promised it will be the most extensive, most technologically advanced broadcast in World Cup history," said Tex Teixeira, head of production for SuperSport. "This is the closest the television viewer will be to the World Cup. Picture clarity, the number of cameras, replays, graphics and super slow-mo (slow motion) will be better than ever before."

As with all World Cup broadcasters, SuperSport will receive the live feed from HBS, the Swiss-based host broadcaster of the tournament. Whereas matches in the 2006 World Cup used 26 TV cameras, this will be bumped up to 29 per match, with three more to be used for selected matches.

These include an aerial camera and an ultra-motion camera that produces between 300 and 1000 frames per second in HD. The nominal rate for film is 24 or 25 frames per second. - Sapa

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