UK’s Sky has announced that it has secured exclusive rights to broadcast Formula 1 racing in the UK and Ireland from 2019-2024. And starting next year, every Formula 1 race will be recorded and broadcast in glorious 4K quality.
Formula 1 in 4K quality
The adoption of 4K in sports has been tepid to say the least. Major events such as Super Bowl and football World Cup are still broadcast in decade-old HD quality.
So it is great news that Formula 1 will be produced and broadcast in Ultra HD resolution starting next season. UK’s Sky confirmed the news yesterday and said that “for the first time every race starting with the 2017 Championship will be shown in the stunning picture quality of Ultra High Definition via Sky Q“.
- “This is a brilliant deal that takes Sky’s partnership with F1 to the next level. Since 2012, we have demonstrated unrivalled commitment to F1, offering fans innovations including a dedicated channel and the very best broadcasting talent. We are delighted that we are strengthening our coverage for viewers even further, with live and exclusive F1 from 2019 and the chance to watch in Ultra High Definition for the first time from next season.” said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.
Sky is the first broadcaster to confirm that it will broadcast Formula 1 in 4K but since every race will be shot in 4K it gives us hope that broadcasters in other regions will follow.
Hopefully this marks the beginning of widely-distributed live sports in 4K. The Rio Olympics 2016 will be broadcast in 8K to select screens. The opening and closing ceremonies and one event each day will also be available in VR.