For the first time in the history of Commonwealth Games, Doordarshan is providing 'high definition' coverage to its viewers and is all geared up with more than 350 ultra modern cameras and well-trained crew members who will be covering the events on road, by air and under water.
“We will have our presence at 18 places that includes 16 venues plus two road events. More than 350 cameras will be installed for this purpose. The coverage will be from every possible perspective to give viewers a complete picture of the Games and match the coverage of the top sporting events in the world,” Director General of DD Aruna Sharma told the Press Trust of India.
“For Aquatics events, we will have under water cameras. Opening, closing ceremonies and road events will be covered by helicopter and special moving cameras will be installed for some events. In short it will be altogether a delightful experience.”
She said that for this type of coverage DD neither had the experience nor the equipment, so they tied up with a British entity SIS live.
“SIS is responsible for the production and coverage. They have brought all the modern equipment here. We also chose the opportunity to train our 300 staffers in handling sports coverage in HD. They have done all the test events and mock games on their own,” she said.
DD also has made arrangements for non-HD telecast. “For most viewers, who don't have the mechanism to watch it on HD, we would step it down. We have the SD format which is still superior to normal.”