There aren't a lot of television stations in the world dedicated entirely to cars. On this side of the Atlantic, we have Speed and Discovery's new Velocity channel, and the latter isn't even all cars all the time. But now, the UK is getting its own dedicated Formula One network.

Resulting from the BBC's forfeiture of part of its F1 contract to Rupert Murdoch's Sky network, Sky Sports F1 is launching this year in high definition. The channel will carry the grands prix themselves throughout the entire season, without commercials, as well as all the practice and qualifying sessions. In between race weekends, the channel will show interviews, magazine programs and re-runs of races.

Sky Sports F1 will be provided to existing Sky subscribers as part of their bundle, but it will also be available through other providers like Virgin Media, which has just signed on to the deal as well. Sky has also been lining up a roster of talent to cover the races and provide the commentary, including former F1 drivers Martin Brundle, Anthony Davidson and Damon Hill, the 1996 World Champion who most recently signed on.

As for race fans here in the colonies, we'll soldier on with Speed's coverage (with occasional races broadcast on Fox) and TSN in Canada.


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      Jew
      • 2 Years Ago
      As usual the US gets the leftovers.... Not even an online streaming option for the states? What a fail! A dedicated F1 channel is something I would PAY for. Speed's coverage is at the very best a 6/10, due in part to the countless commercials, nothing is more irritating than getting up at 4am and having to see an important part in a replay because I had to see a Cialis commercial. And lets not get started on broadcast on FOX, its so half assed, they give the NFL an 1.5 hr pregame show and a 30 wrap up show at the end. Fox starts the race right from the red lights and ends it a few mins after the podium, they tell you to catch post race coverage on speed.com. Oh well looks like I will be stealing it the UK stream FREE from Justin TV this year again.
        onewayroll
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jew
        Apart from the irritating commercial's, Speed's coverage is pretty good i'd have to say. I give it 8 of 10.
        Sambi Reddy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jew
        Used to watch BBC live streaming using UK IP, might have to settle with Justin TV for races outside asia :(
      Noz
      • 2 Years Ago
      All a bunch of British wankers...
      JohhnyDough
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what about the BBC broadcasts? No more David Coulthard? No more Eddie Jordan? BBC's production values were epic, I hope Sky doesn't blow.
        undeadMonkey93
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JohhnyDough
        Eddie and David are staying on at the BBC, but David Croft and Ted Kravitz are moving to Sky. The BBC only get to cover half the races and do highlights for the other half.
      MikeInNC
      • 2 Years Ago
      REALLY love to see US cable networks pick this one up!
      DjDATZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      The UK's coverage of these races, with all the commentary is miles beyond the idiocy that goes on on Speed and FOX. BBC has NO commercials during the entire race, and intelligent commentary, while Speed/FOX coverage is packed with commercials, and from what the commentators comment on, I'm not sure if any of them have ever driven a car, let alone raced one.