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Big Ten instant replay upgraded to HD

The Big Ten's instant replay system is getting HD, and not a moment too soon.

The conference on Wednesday announced a new contract with DVSport, Inc. that will upgrade the league's instant replay systems to high definition. Instant replay will be available in HD for the 2010 season. DVSport had provided standard definition instant replay systems to the Big Ten for the last four seasons.

As part of the agreement, DVSport also will provide its instant replay systems to the Mid-American Conference.

"The Big Ten was the first conference to experiment with instant replay in college football, and we feel the use of high-definition video will enhance our officiating program for the future," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. "DVSport has been a terrific partner and we look forward to continued service and support as we upgrade to the high-definition instant replay system.”

The SEC announced last month that its replay systems were getting high definition in 2010, so you figured the Big Ten would follow suit.

DVSport president and CEO Brian Lowe said in a statement that since Big Ten football broadcasts are almost always in high definition, it made sense to upgrade the officiating technology.

The 2009 season wasn't a banner year for Big Ten instant replay, as a few games featured questionable rulings, most notably in the Indiana-Iowa contest at Kinnick Stadium.

Here's hoping HD helps the replay officials get it right as much as possible going forward.

"DVSport’s innovative HD Replay solution enhances the officials' review process for each and every play," Big Ten coordinator for football officials Bill Carollo said in a statement. "The difference in video clarity is exactly what you would expect to see when you upgrade to HD."