Sky launch dedicated UK F1 channel

2012 F1 season

Start, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Start, Abu Dhabi, 2011

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.

*There are the lowest prices I could find for new subscriptions via Sky’s various configurations. If you can find cheaper deals, please post details in the comments.

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148 comments on Sky launch dedicated UK F1 channel

  1. Martha Sorbie said on 1st February 2012, 21:31

    We have Virgin Media and don’t intend changing to Sky OR purchasing sports channels so, where does that leave us?

  2. JaneBelinda said on 8th February 2012, 13:32

    Virgin Media? You are safe then… It has been confirmed that mugs like me, locked into BT Vision have NO FLIPPING CHANCE!!! I WOULD pay to have Sky…just for F1…but why should I double up on Broadband and TV??? I am absolutely fuming…I will continue to go to a few races this year – Brit, Hungarian, Italian but that is it…from then on I am finding something else to get interested in I think. Cancelling F1 mag and won’t spend the usual £5K+ a year on tickets x 2 to 3-5 races a season…stick it Bernie :(

  3. RandomCamden (@randomcamden) said on 19th February 2012, 15:16

    I’ve given in and gone for the “cheapest” available Sky Package to get the F1 channel. HD package for £30/month.
    Although I feel dirty for doing it, here’s the thing that helped my decision…..
    If you sign up at TopCashBack, and then order Sky through there, you get £101 cashback on top of the £50 M&S voucher Sky are also giving away.
    That makes the Sky package closer to £200 for the year.. not so bad.
    If anyone wants to use me as a referral, click the link below when setting up your TopCashBack account.. I’ll get £10 for each referral too!
    http://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/member123668060109

  4. Andy - London said on 22nd February 2012, 4:21

    I too, really hope that the F1 channel will appear along with the 5 Sky Sports channels on my Xbox 360 Sky Player.

    As there are only about 40 sky channels available on the 360, I will learn my fate on the 9th March when it all starts broadcasting.

  5. robert may said on 22nd February 2012, 20:00

    why do i pay the bbc for a tv licence each year when the only decent thing on the box is the f1 coverage they decided in 2010 to get it back from those usless fools on itv because there was to many adverts then the bbc did the right thing and gave the british public un interupted coverage now the god damm fools have let those rip off fools at sky have the best deal and more adverts why should i subcribe to those muppets when i have a tv licence not a chance this is so wrong come on bbc get ur act together and get f1 back on the bbc were it belongs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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