After months of speculation, the 2012 F1 calendar has been announced, revealing which races will be on BBC live and those that are only on Sky live, with BBC showing delayed highlights.
Sky also announced their dedicated F1 channel, although details are sketchy at the moment, so we’re unaware whether GP2, Porsche and other support series will be covered.
They have promised lots of archive footage and behind the scenes stuff, and with Sky’s reputation for transforming sports coverage, it will be interesting to see what they can do with F1.
The rumours of an Freeview channel being made available have been put to bed, which is a shame – was popular for a few hours amongst those who don’t have Sky.
The coverage will of course be in HD for those that have the Sky HD package and any Sky customers who already have Sky Sports 1 and 2 will get the dedicated F1 channel for no extra cost. If you’re currently without Sky, check their website for the best deal for you. True that compared to where it’s free-to-air at the moment, it will cost at least £300+ to watch F1 next year, but you can transfer your Internet and telephone service to them and get a complete package, which could work out cheaper, or at least less of a financial hit. See the Sky website and their new @SkySportsF1 twitter for more info.
Anyhow, here’s how the races will be distributed between the BBC and Sky – seems that Sky have got most of the ‘big’ races, but the BBC have retained Monaco, Spa and Brazil – no season opener sadly though.
What do you think folks?
|Round||Grand Prix||Date||Live on Sky||Live on BBC|
|18||Abu Dhabi||November 4th||Yes||Yes|
|19||United States *||November 18th||Yes|