Sky has signed a new deal that will see it become the exclusive broadcaster of Formula One in the UK from 2019.
Sky Sports F1 currently has the rights to broadcast all 21 races live while Channel 4 show ten of the races live on terrestrial television. The new deal that Sky has agreed with Formula One Management (FOM) will run through to at least 2024.
As part of the agreement the British Grand Prix will be shown ‘free-to-air’ along with highlights of all other races and qualifying sessions. At least two other ‘prime time’ live races a season will be offered on the soon to be launched Sky Sports Mix along with other F1 content. From 2017, Formula One will be broadcast in Ultra High Definition via Sky Q.
“This is a brilliant deal that takes Sky’s partnership with F1 to the next level,” Barney Francis, the Managing Director of Sky Sports explained. “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.”
Martin Brundle – who commentates on the Sky Sports coverage – agreed. “I joined Sky Sports because I wanted to be part of a dedicated F1 channel with a total and long term commitment to the sport. We have certainly delivered on that. In a fast changing media landscape, our coverage will get even better for F1 fans.”