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Sky will offer ultra HD coverage of all the races in the Formula 1 (F1) 2017 season following a successful test transmission with Tata Communications for the Singapore Grand Prix.

formula 1 sky sports deal 3436339The test broadcast involved the installation of multiple ultra HD cameras at the Singapore circuit. The footage from these was mixed in the Formula 1 Management Broadcast Centre onsite, and the ultra HD (UHD) output distributed live to Sky’s UK headquarters using Tata Communications’ Video Connect service. The service enables the delivery of live video feeds over Tata’s wholly-owned subsea fibre network.

“This proof of concept with Sky and Tata Communications demonstrates our ongoing commitment to make F1 the ultimate sports experience by harnessing the power of cutting-edge broadcasting technologies,” says John Morrison, chief technical officer of Formula One Management.

Mehul Kapadia, managing director of F1 Business at Tata Communications, added: “Delivering the race action seamlessly in UHD from any Grand Prix location to homes requires superfast, reliable connectivity on a global scale. And other game-changing technologies like virtual reality will rely on ubiquitous, superfast connectivity too. As the break-neck speed of technology innovation continues, we’ll work with Formula One Management to enable fans to experience the exhilarating world of F1 in new ways.”

Keith Lane, Sky’s director of operations, said the success of the trial means the UK pay-TV operator is on track to show all of next season’s F1 races live in ultra HD on its Sky Q home entertainment service. “UHD offers four times higher resolution than HD, making F1 a more powerful, immersive experience for fans than ever before,” he said.