Sky Sports launches channel for F1

MUMBAI: UK pay TV service provider BSkyB has announced that Sky Sports will launch a channel for Formula 1 coverage. The aim is to take viewers under the skin of the sport.

Starting in March 2012, Sky Sports F1 will get Sky customers closer than ever, with more action, analysis and information - on their TV, online and mobile devices - throughout the season.

This new home of Formula 1 will be the only place to enjoy live coverage of the whole Grand Prix season, including all practice and qualifying sessions and every race in the calendar.
From launch, Sky Sports F1TM HD will give viewers: Every Race Live, Live Practice, Qualifying; the Full Season In-Depth; and Extra Live Content.

The dedicated channel will be provided at no extra charge to all Sky TV customers who take both Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 or the HD pack of channels. It will be found at 408 in Sky‘s on-screen guide, after a scheduled move of the Sky Sports channels. Sky Sports viewers without the Sky+HD pack will receive a standard definition version.

Sky Sports F1 HD viewers can also follow the action wherever they are with all live coverage on Sky Go, through online, mobile or tablet devices, at no extra charge.

Sky Sports MD Barney Francis said, "Formula 1 followers are hungry for more and we want to give them the ultimate experience. Its not just every minute of every race but a channel devoted to Formula 1.
"We can now tell the whole story of the season, from every Grand Prix from start to finish. Formula 1TM will get the full Sky Sports treatment. We have big plans for live shows and a rich line-up of Formula 1 programmes; getting to the drivers, exploring the technology and lapping up the drama. With a dedicated channel for Formula 1 we can also give all sports fans the depth and breadth of sports they demand every weekend, right through the year."

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said, "This brand new channel again proves Sky‘s commitment to investing in the best content for customers. It will give even more value to Sky customers and create another reason for others to consider pay TV.

"This is another example of the value we are creating for customers through our content leadership. It follows the recent launch of other high-quality new channels like Sky Atlantic and Sky 3D as well as our growing commitment to UK original content in areas such as drama, comedy and the arts."

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