Sky F1 rights from 2019 and 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. However, British Grand Prix will continue to be available on a free-to-air basis, although Sky hasn't specified where the free-to-air access will be.

Sky owns TV channel Pick, available on Freeview channel 11, where coverage might be found in the future. 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.

Every F1 race will be shown in UHD via Sky's new premium service Sky Q from next year. 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.

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