The UK's publicly-funded broadcaster, the BBC, is to test high-definition TV broadcasts this summer in its coverage of the soccer World Cup tournament in Germany; also key matches during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

However, the movie-quality pictures will be available only to viewers who have HD television sets or who have signed up to the new services offered by satellite and cable providers.

Comments Roger Mosey, director of sport at the BBC: "High definition works particularly well for sport. It gives fantastic picture quality . . . and although only limited numbers of people will be able to see this trial we hope it will be a glimpse of the future."

The trial is expected to last up to twelve months and will offer selected programs in HDTV format for one or two hours a day.

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