RTL to offer live Formula 1 in Ultra HD via HD+ | 4K/UltraHD | News | Rapid TV News
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German broadcaster RTL is claiming to have grabbed pole position for sports broadcasting in the country by offering for the first time F1 Grand Prix racing live in Ultra HD.

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The RTL UHD Ultra HD channel will begin serving German viewers from 28 April, via SES’s HD platform HD+, for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from Baku. The Ultra HD channel will begin with the live transmission of the race itself and will subsequently broadcast 17 races of the 2018 season, while distributing all the events simultaneously in HD.

HD+ is expanding its UHD package and with UHD1 and Travelxp 4K already available on HD+, RTL UHD becomes the third Ultra HD channel included in its TV package. The expanded offer is available to HD+ subscribers equipped with UHD TVs at no additional cost.

"For us, UHD will become more important in the years to come, and as the leading media house we aim to constantly set new standards,” said Andre Prahl, head of programme broadcasting Mediengruppe RTL Germany, said: This is why we are pleased to be able to expand our offering with the launch of RTL UHD and the live broadcast of Formula 1.”

Added Georges Agnes, operations and product development director of HD PLUS: “Our commitment to Ultra HD is coming to fruition. Now that more and more broadcasters are testing the format on UHD1, providers are increasingly considering launching their own offerings. RTL is playing a pioneering role in the German TV market with the Ultra HD broadcast of Formula 1 which is one of the most attractive TV properties in the country.”