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March 20, 2017

How to watch F1 2017 in 4K Ultra HD

by John_A

The new Formula One season is almost upon us and it promises to be one of the most exciting for years.

Not only do car rules changes promise closer races – amongst the top three teams anyway – the entire season is to be broadcast in 4K Ultra HD. It will never have looked better.

So whether you are an F1 nut or fan of 4K visuals, here’s how to watch F1 2017 in 4K UHD.

When does the F1 2017 season start?

The 2017 Formula One season starts with the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday 26 March, with practice and qualifying on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March respectively.

As it is held in Australia, UK fans will have to get up extra early to watch the live coverage. The main race, for example, starts at 6am BST on the Sunday. Thankfully, as the clocks go forward earlier that morning, that’s better than other years where the race has kicked off 5am in the morning.

What Formula One 2017 races will be in 4K Ultra HD?

All of them!

The entire F1 2017 season will be live on Sky Sports in 4K. All races in the new calendar will be available in Ultra HD. They will also be available in Full HD for those without the right equipment to view them – with some also broadcast by Channel 4 in 1080p. Qualifying and practice will also be live on Sky Sports, but not in 4K.

These are the races on the F1 2017 calendar:

  • 26 March, Australia, Exclusively live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD)
  • 9 April, China, Exclusively live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD)
  • 16 April, Bahrain, Live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD) and Channel 4 (Full HD)
  • 30 April, Russia, Live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD) and Channel 4 (Full HD)
  • 14 May, Spain, Exclusively live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD)
  • 28 May, Monaco, Live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD) and Channel 4 (Full HD)
  • 11 June, Canada, Exclusively live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD)
  • 25 June, Azerbaijan, Live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD) and Channel 4 (Full HD)
  • 9 July, Austria, Exclusively live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD)
  • 16 July, Great Britain, Live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD) and Channel 4 (Full HD)
  • 30 July, Hungary, Exclusively live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD)
  • 27 August, Belgium, Live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD) and Channel 4 (Full HD)
  • 3 September, Italy, Exclusively live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD)
  • 1 October, Malaysia, Live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD) and Channel 4 (Full HD)
  • 8 October, Japan, Exclusively live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD)
  • 22 October, USA, Live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD) and Channel 4 (Full HD)
  • 29 October, Mexico, Exclusively live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD)
  • 26 November, Abu Dhabi, Live on Sky F1 (4K Ultra HD) and Channel 4 (Full HD)

How do I watch F1 2017 in 4K Ultra HD?

All races are being broadcast live by Sky on the Sky F1 channel for Sky Sports subscribers. However, to watch the races in Ultra HD you will need to be a Sky Q customer with the Sky Q 2TB box too.

  • What is Sky Q, how much does it cost and how can I get it?

You will also need to have a 4K TV with HDCP 2.2 copy protection to watch the live 4K feed.

Like with Sky Sports’ live football matches, many of which which have been simultaneously broadcast in 4K, you will be prompted by the Sky Q on-screen EPG when on the correct channel and as the coverage starts. Alternatively, you can press the red button on your remote to view the race in Ultra HD.

There will also be a thumbnail in the Ultra HD section of the main Sky Q menu that will start the 4K version of the race.

Sadly, Sky+HD or Sky Q 1TB box customers cannot view 4K Ultra HD content so cannot watch the races in that format. You can’t watch races in 4K on Sky Q Mini boxes even if you have the 2TB main box because they are limited to 1080p maximum.

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