NBC and HDNet to Broadcast Triple Crown Races in HD

NBC and HDNet plan to broadcast live, high-definition coverage of the Triple Crown horse races, beginning with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4.

The broadcasts will be produced in 1080i HD using HDNet's mobile production units, cameras and crew, and will the have audio and announcers from NBC's analog broadcast. The broadcasts will be available on NBC's DTV affiliate stations and on HDNet's channel 199 on DirecTV. The Kentucky Derby is on on May 4, the Preakness Stakes on May 18 and the Belmont Stakes on June 8.

NBC and HDNet previously worked together on presenting sports in HD for events such as the Winter Olympics and NBA games.