The State Of Origin NRL series between NSW and Queensland is invariably one of the top-rated TV broadcasts of the year. Despite that, however, broadcaster Nine is not offering the option of watching it in high definition.
TV Tonight notes that unlike last year, when Nine offered an HD broadcast on GEM and a 3D broadcast as well, this year’s match is an SD-only affair.
The reluctance of networks to offer sport broadcasts on their HD channels has been a persistent source of annoyance to Lifehacker readers, but even changes to anti-siphoning rules don’t hold out much promise of improvement before 2013. Access to HD sports is also a key reason many people sign up for pay TV, though even that won’t help with Origin.
State of Origin vs State of HD [TV Tonight]