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Sky secures exclusive F1 rights from 2019; to broadcast every race in UHD from next year

Sky has announced it will have exclusive Formula 1 rights from 2019, ending the current system of sharing rights between terrestrial broadcasters and the pay TV giant.

Sky Sports will be the home of Formula 1 in the UK and Ireland from 2019 to 2024, offering live coverage of every Grand Prix. But coverage of the British Grand Prix will continue to be available on a free-to-air basis, but details of where the free-to-air basis will be found on TV platforms remains to be seen.

Highlights and qualifying sessions will also be shown free-to-air.

Additionally at least two other ‘prime time’ live races a season will be offered on the soon-to-be-launched Sky Sports Mix, the new sports channel available to all Sky satellite subscribers, along with other F1 content.

Starting from next year, every F1 race will be shown in Ultra HD via Sky's new premium service Sky Q.

The current arrangement, which sees coverage shared between Channel 4 and Sky Sports, which lasts until the end of 2018 is unaffected by the announcement.

Sky says more than 13 million viewers have already enjoyed its live coverage with many more following F1 racing across Sky Sports’ digital outlets.

Bernie Ecclestone, CEO 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 said:
“This is a brilliant deal that takes Sky’s partnership with F1 to the next level. 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, commentator and analyst for Sky Sports F1 added:
“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. And we have certainly delivered on that. In a fast changing media landscape, our coverage will get even better for F1 fans.”


  1. Terrible news greedy c***s

  2. I have a Freeview HD recorder anyway so i have Channel 4 HD which broadcasts all the F1 races in HD

    1. You've not got the story here have you!

      Channel 4 will only have the races for the next 3 years, after-which Sky will have them ALL exclusively!
      So having C4HD will be meaningless mate!!

  3. It is good news that Sky TV are providing UHD Coverage of the F1 Championship but this is another sport lost to live terrestrial coverage which is a shame for a sport of such national significance. I hope that Sky TV will put some races on Sky One to increase the potential audience including Now TV customers.

  4. Well good luck Sky, hope that you've paid top money for a declining spectacle. All the real motorsport fans watch BTCC these days!