What is so special about Widescreen HDTV coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™?

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What is so special about Widescreen HDTV coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™?

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Widescreen HDTV and football were always going to be a marriage made in heaven. You only have to look at the shape of the screen, the shape of the football pitch and appreciate the image perfection of HDTV and you realise that this is a giant step forward in viewer enjoyment. Standard Definition Television has an effective picture resolution of about 400,000 pixels. In the highest resolution digital TV formats, each picture contains about 2 million pixels. This means about 5 times more picture detail on the HDTV screen. The original impetus for HDTV came from wide-screen movies. Soon after wide-screen was introduced, movie producers discovered that individuals seated in the first few rows enjoyed a level of participation in the action not possible with conventional movies. Evidently, having the screen occupy a great field of view (especially peripherally) significantly increases the sense of being there says Professor Kelin J. Kuhn, an expert on this medium.

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