Sky to launch dedicated F1 channel

sky tv televisionNov.25 (Reuters) Sky television will launch a dedicated pay TV Formula One channel in Britain next year with live coverage of every race in high definition (HD) and without the interruption of advertisements, the broadcaster announced on Friday.

Sky said it would show every practice and qualifying session live on Sky Sports F1 HD when the 2012 season starts in Australia in March.

The lack of commercials during races, ensuring an uninterrupted 90 minutes at least, will appeal to fans although the move to pay-television in Britain for the first time after decades of free-to-air has caused widespread anger.

A standard definition Sky Sports subscription currently costs more than $780 a year and the additional F1 channel will be available to subscribers at no extra cost.

The commercial broadcaster and the publicly-funded BBC, the current live television rights holders, are sharing the coverage in Britain between 2012 and 2018. The BBC will broadcast half a season’s races.

  • Bec

    But their plan at the moment is NOT to show GP3 GP2 on it, so you’ll have to pay for Sky Sports to watch the full race weekends.

    Things may change by March, maybe even VM and BTV will get to watch, at the moment Sky have frozen them out too, simply to try and drive subscriptions, subscriptions Sky Germany have failed to get, so are considering dropping F1.

    But anyway, you can still watch F1 for free via any number of European channels, thank god for Germany and France, as Britain really is a rip-off culture.

  • stewy33

    I was also upset to see a “SKY” logo on the RB7’s today in pratice 2. The Sky log is under neath the side pods of both cars.

  • BILL.

    @Bec

    I Watch F1 In German – DSF/SPORT1 And RTL.

    The Way Businesses Are Going, I Believe, After FINLAND, PORTUGAL, SWEDEN And UK, FreeToAir F1 Will Be Over In All European Countries Very, Very Soon.

    Sigh…

  • http://Yalla Greed

    F-1, The pinnacle of racing.Being destroyed by greed.. Sky, Ecclestone,pay drivers,corrupt countries. I can only hope enough fans abandon it to force all of F-1 to give a little more and take a little less…