The return of the FIA Formula One World Championship just got a little more exciting, with Foxtel confirming the entirety of the season is set to be shown in 4K Ultra HD. That includes every practice — every qualifying session, and of course every race — in the highest quality available on TV.
What is 4K Ultra HDTV?
4K is the latest in broadcast technology, offering a clarity of image never seen before. With four times the amount of pixels of High Definition and 20 times that of Standard Definition, it offers an entirely novel viewing experience. Foxtel has gradually been adding more live sport to their 4K Ultra HD schedule, including more than 40 games of both NRL and AFL action, as well as Super Rugby and women’s football.
How to Watch the F1 Championship in 4K
4K has its own dedicated channel – channel 444 – on which it airs the selected Ultra HD content. To access this channel, subscribers need to have an iQ4 set-top box, and you’ll also need a 4K compatible TV to get the most out of the experience. If you’ve got that sorted and have a subscription to the Foxtel Sports + HD pack, all you need to do is flick to channel 444, and enjoy the action. The season kicks off with the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in March, and concludes with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December.
The 4K coverage adds to what is already excellent live coverage of the F1 Championship. Every practice, qualifying and race is shown live and with no ad-breaks during racing, and now that a large amount of that is being shown in Ultra HD, there is little more that fans of the F1 could ask for. Each and every race throughout the year will be available live in 4K, as will numerous practices and qualifying sessions. Foxtel’s coverage is the most comprehensive coverage of the 2020 Formula One Season, with the Australian Grand Prix the only time Formula One fans in Australia had live access to the F1 free to Air on Network Ten.
What Else is on Channel 444?
After launching late last year, Foxtel’s dedicated 4K channel has been continually adding content. The sport element started off with last year’s Bathurst 1000, and since then has progressed to show international cricket, Super Rugby, women’s football, and will this year show select AFL and NRL matches, the US Masters at Augusta and of course Formula One. But it isn’t exclusively sport content that airs on the channel – you can also catch a variety of great TV shows and movies in 4K Ultra HD.
Watch F1 Live and Free
If you’re not ready to make the leap to 4K Ultra HD, you still have great options for enjoying your favourite motorsport, including watching F1 live online with Foxtel Now which currently have a 10 day free trial.
Alternatively, you can check out the 14 day free Kayo Sports trial which will also offer every practice, qualifying race and the Grand Prix live, and ad-break free during the racing. With Kayo you can immediately start streaming Formula One live using eligible mobile devices, and with their split-view feature you can catch up to four events at the same time.
Sign up to Kayo’s FREE 14 day trial offer
Live sport returns to Kayo, with every game and every round from the NRL and AFL, action from the Super Rugby, UFC and V8 Supercars – all available on Kayo’s 14 day trial.
F1 2020 Live Australian TV Fixtures
|13-15 March||Australian GP (cancelled)||Ten / Foxtel / Kayo|
|20-22 March||Bahrain GP, Sakir||Foxtel / Kayo|
|3-5 April||Vietnam GP, Hanoi||Foxtel / Kayo|
|1-4 May||Dutch GP, Zandvoort||Foxtel / Kayo|
|8-11 May||Spanish GP, Catalunya, Spain||Foxtel / Kayo|
|22-25 May||Monaco GP, Monte Carlo||Foxtel / Kayo|
|5-8 June||Azerbaijan GP, Baku||Foxtel / Kayo|
|12-15 June||Canadian GP, Montreal||Foxtel / Kayo|
|26-29 June||French GP, Le Castellet||Foxtel / Kayo|
|3-6 July||Austrian GP, Spielberg||Foxtel / Kayo|
|17-20 July||British GP, Silverstone||Foxtel / Kayo|
|31 July-3 August||Hungarian GP, Mogyorod||Foxtel / Kayo|
|28-31 August||Belgian GP, Stavelot||Foxtel / Kayo|
|4-7 September||Italian GP, Monza||Foxtel / Kayo|
|18-20 September||Singapore GP, Marina Bay||Foxtel / Kayo|
|25-28 September||Russian GP, Sochi||Foxtel / Kayo|
|9-11 October||Japanese GP, Suzuka||Foxtel / Kayo|
|23-26 October||United States GP, Austin||Foxtel / Kayo|
|30 October-2 November||Mexican GP, Mexico City||Foxtel / Kayo|
|13-16 November||Brazilian GP, Sao Paulo||Foxtel / Kayo|
|27-30 November||Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Island||Foxtel / Kayo|
|TBC||Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai||Foxtel / Kayo|