Dutch public broadcaster NOS is to transmit the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in HD. Coverage of the Euro 2008 football championship taking place in Austria and Switzerland will also be televised in high def, said NOS director Gerard Dielissen. Last year the broadcaster decided to transmit the 2006 World Cup games only in SD, eschewing even widescreen, a decision that lead to considerable criticism from viewers. As a compromise cable operators offered a separate widescreen feed to their digital customers.
Later this year NOS will bring a new studio into use which is fully HD capable. Total costs of the new studio are around two million Euros.