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?
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, on March 15th, and concludes with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 2nd, 2019.
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 it is being shown in Ultra HD, there is little more that fans of the F1 could ask for. Of course, the timing couldn’t be better either, with Albert Park in Melbourne set to raise the chequered flag on another exciting season, and the only time Formula One fans in Australia will have live access to the F1 free to Air on Network Ten.
What Else Can I Catch on Channel 444?
After launching on October 3 of 2018, Foxtel’s dedicated 4K channel has been continually adding content. The sport element 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, 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 Ultra HD.
Bahrain Grand Prix Live TV Times (Sydney time)
When: Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April in Australia
Practice 1 – Friday 29 March at 9.45pm – Fox Sports/Kayo
Practice 2 – Saturday 30 March at 1.45am – Fox Sports/Kayo
Practice 3 – Saturday 30 March at 10.45pm – Fox Sports/Kayo
Qualifying – Sunday 31 March at 1.00am – Fox Sports/Kayo
Pit Lane Live – Sunday 31 March at 11.30pm – Fox Sports/Kayo
Grand Prix – Monday 1 April at 1.00am – Fox Sports/Kayo
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.
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F1 2019 Live Australian TV Fixtures
March 15-17: Australia GP, (Ten/Fox Sports/Kayo)
March 29-April 1: Bahrain GP, Sakir (Fox Sports/Kayo)
April 12-14: Chinese GP, Shanghai (Fox Sports/Kayo)
April 26-28: European/Azerbaijan GP, Baku (Fox Sports/Kayo)
May 10-13: Spanish GP, Catalunya, Spain (Fox Sports/Kayo)
May 23-27: Monaco GP, Monte Carlo (Fox Sports/Kayo)
June 8-10: Canadian GP, Montreal (Fox Sports/Kayo)
June 21-24: French GP, Le Castellet (Fox Sports/Kayo)
June 28–July 1: Austrian GP, Spielberg (Fox Sports/Kayo)
July 12-15: British GP, Silverstone (Fox Sports/Kayo)
July 26-29: German GP, Hockenheim (Fox Sports/Kayo)
August 2-5: Hungarian GP, Budapest (Fox Sports/Kayo)
August 30-September 2: Belgium GP, Francorchamps (Fox Sports/Kayo)
September 6-9: Italian GP, Monza (Fox Sports/Kayo)
September 20-22: Singapore GP, Marina Bay (Fox Sports/Kayo)
September 27-29: Russian GP, Sochi (Fox Sports/Kayo)
October 11-13: Japanese GP, Suzuka (Fox Sports/Kayo)
October 26-28: Mexican GP, Mexico City. (Fox Sports/Kayo)
November 2-4: United States GP, Austin (Fox Sports/Kayo)
November 16-18: Brazilian GP, Sao Paulo (Fox Sports/Kayo)
November 29-Dec 2: Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina (Fox Sports/Kayo)