Sky to launch pay-TV F1 channel

2011-11-27 06:57

LONDON, England - Sky television will launch a dedicated F1 channel in Britain in 2012 offering live coverage of every race in high definition and without advertisements.

The pay-to-watch channel will cover every practice and qualifying session live on Sky Sports F1 HD when the 2012 season starts in Australia in March.

R6500 A YEAR

The lack of commercials during races will appeal to fans although having to pay to watch F1 after decades of free-to-air has caused widespread anger.

A standard definition Sky Sports subscription, according to Reuters, costs about R6500 a year.

The commercial broadcaster and the publicly funded BBC, the current live TV rights holders, are sharing the coverage in Britain between 2012 and 2018. The BBC will broadcast half a season's races.