Now this will be cool and I”m not even Catholic . . .
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 27, 2007 – The Vatican Television Center will begin broadcasts in high definition and its first venture into the medium will be Benedict XVI’s 80th birthday Mass.Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the television center, made the announcement today in a press conference from the offices of Vatican Radio.
Father Lombardi explained that the use of this television standard aims to offer the best possible image quality. High-definition television (HDTV) is expected to soon replace earlier forms of broadcasting.
“We are preparing to be ready and the first time we will be broadcasting a complete production in high definition will be on April 15, in collaboration with the Salesian Missions,” Father Lombardi said.
Archives of material in high definition will also be started. In this way, Vatican TV will be able to offer broadcasts to stations that already use high definition, especially in Korea, Japan, the United States, Germany and Italy.