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Sky Sports secures exclusive rights to Formula 1 racing

Thursday, March 24th 2016 by Hannah Langston

Sky Sports will be the home of Formula 1 in the UK and Ireland from 2019 to 2024 after securing the exclusive TV rights to the sport.

The broadcaster will show live coverage of every Grand Prix on its Sky Sports F1 channel.

However, viewers won’t need a Sky subscription to watch the Formula 1 British Grand prix as Sky plan to show this on Freeview.

Highlights from other races and qualifying sessions will also be shown on a free-to-view basis.

Sky’s soon-to-be-launched channel, Sky Sports Mix, will show at least two other ‘prime time’ live races a season along with other F1 content.

And for the first time, every race starting with the 2017 Championship will be shown in Ultra High Definition via Sky Q, Sky’s next-generation TV service.

Dedicated F1 channel

Sky Sports began showing live Formula 1 in 2012 with the launch of a dedicated F1 channel.

Commenting on the announcement, Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of Formula One Group, said: “I am delighted that we will continue to work together. Sky’s commitment to the Sport and standard of coverage is second to none.”

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, added: “Since 2012, we have demonstrated unrivalled commitment to F1, offering fans innovations including a dedicated channel and the very best broadcasting talent.

“We are delighted that we are strengthening our coverage for viewers even further, with live and exclusive F1 from 2019 and the chance to watch in Ultra High Definition for the first time from next season.

“We are pleased to support F1 and look forward to working with them to progress, develop and enhance coverage of the Championship during the agreement.”

Sky Sports F1 includes every practice and qualifying session together with live coverage of each race. Opinions and analysis is delivered by a broadcasting team consisting of three former F1 drivers including 1996 World Champion Damon Hill.

Sky announced the launch of Sky Sports Mix earlier this week, offering live sports programming including football, golf from Europe and the US and international cricket, to all Sky TV customers at no extra cost.

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