2012 F1 season
Sky has launched a new channel for its Formula 1 coverage in the UK 2012.
Sky Sports and Sky HD customers will receive the Sky Sports F1 channel as part of their subscription.
A standard definition Sky Sports subscription costs £40 per month for a minimum 12-month contract, plus a £30 set-up fee, totalling £510*.
The F1 channel will also be available to HD pack subscribers without Sky Sports, at an annual cost of £363*.
BBC will continue to show half of next year’s races live free-to-air, with delayed highlights of the remaining races.
Sky say their channel will show every race plus all the practice and qualifying sessions live. They will offer extra live content during races including, “on-board cameras… behind the scenes with the teams in the pits and… race data.”
Managing director of Sky Sports Barney Francis said: “Formula 1 followers are hungry for more and we want to give them the ultimate experience. It’s 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.”
Over 35,000 British F1 fans have signed a petition urging the government to require F1 to be broadcast on free-to-air channels.
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