The 2018 edition of Bathurst 1000 just got even more exciting, with Foxtel announcing that The Great Race will make its debut in 4K, and will run without ads from pillar to post. Don’t miss the kick-off on October 7 in Foxtel’s dedicated 4K channel, channel 444.
What is 4K Ultra HD TV?
4K is the latest in broadcasting technology, referred to by Foxtel as “Ultra HD”. It was announced a month ago by the subscription service, and after intensive testing at last weeks Sandown 500 event, it is ready to be launched at the pinnacle of motor racing in Australia. The technology will be the only guaranteed 4K signal in Australia.
How to Watch the Bathurst 1000 in 4K
4K will have its own, dedicated channel which will launch on October 3. This will be Channel 444, and will be available as part of a Foxtel Platinum HD or Foxtel Sports HD subscription. In order to access the channel, subscribers need to upgrade to the iQ4 set-top box. The Bathurst 1000 action will then kick off on 4K Channel 444 on Sunday, October 7, starting with a replay of the Top Ten Shootout — which decides who starts on pole position — followed immediately by the race. The timing couldn’t be better, with Australia’s biggest race signalling the start of a new era for Foxtel.
2018 Bathurst 1000 Live and Ad-break Free
All the action will also be shown, for the first time, ad-break free. For the real Bathurst enthusiasts, that will include not just the Top Ten Shootout replay and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, but also all of the practice and qualifying sessions, which will air live on FOX SPORTS 506, with the option to stream the Bathurst action free to the Foxtel Go app within minutes of getting started.
On October 1, FOX SPORTS 506 will become a 2018 Bathurst 1000 dedicated channel, showing previous editions of the Great Race, driver interviews, the latest news, as well as every minute of the event including a good amount of must-see action you won’t find on free to air TV.
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Bathurst 1000 Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
Practice 1 – Thursday 4 Oct at 9.35am (Fox Sports 6)
Practice 2 – Thursday 4 Oct at 12.55pm (Fox Sports 6)
Practice 3 – Thursday 4 Oct at 3.05pm (Fox Sports 6)
Practice 4 – Friday 5 Oct at 8.30am (Fox Sports 6)
Practice 5 – Friday 5 Oct at 11.15am (Fox Sports 6)
Bathurst 1000 Qualifying – Friday 5 Oct at 3.50pm (Fox Sports 6)
Practice 6 – Saturday Oct 6 at 10.05am (Fox Sports 6)
Top Ten Shootout – Saturday Oct 6 at 5.10pm (Fox Sports 6)
Bathurst 1000 Warm-up – Sunday Oct 7 at 8.05am (Fox Sports 6)
Bathurst 1000 – Sunday Oct 7 at 11.10am (Fox Sports 6/Foxtel 4K)
What Else is Channel 444 Broadcasting?
As soon as it is launched on October 3, Foxtel’s dedicated 4K channel will be home to an array of exciting content. There will be movies and documentaries, as well as special events such as concerts and various live sport. The quantity of content will continue to expand over the next 12 months, including the debut of Australian cricket in 4K when Australia plays host to South Africa on November 4. Other planned 4K programming include featured races of the 2019 Formula One championship season which roars into action during the month of March, as well as select matches (up to 40 each) of both the Telstra NRL Premiership and AFL Toyota premiership seasons which also kick-off in March.