However, because of the licence fee freeze and resultant review of cost constraints, it was believed that the BBC were to leave F1 after the season.
A new broadcast rights deal was announced on 29 July , stating that Sky Sports would cover all races live, half of which would be exclusively live. It also allowed the BBC to show highlights of all races, including the other races that they did not have live rights to cover.
In November , Sky announced the new dedicated F1 channel would launch in March ,  and will air all F1 races with coverage of practice sessions, qualifying and the race, live and commercial free.
During , the channel was on air for sixty-three hours during race weeks and thirty-two hours during non-race weeks.
A standard definition version of the channel is also provided through Sky Go. Since 18 July , new Sky TV customers are able to purchase the channel as a standalone channel, or as part of a larger Sky Sports package  Sky Q multiscreen customers with a 2TB box who subscribe to any Sky Sports F1 pack also receive 4K broadcasts at no extra cost.
International syndication[ edit ] Beginning at the Formula One season , Canadian F1 rights holder TSN began to simulcast Sky's coverage, including the pre- and post-race programmes and in-race commentary.
Sky Sports broadcast every practice session, qualifying session and race live. The season passed 19 countries on the way. The season came to an end at the Brazilian Grand Prix on 25 November Sky's original arrangement is still utilised for its coverage of Classic F1 races.
The BBC's live coverage of the same race last season averaged 2. In September , it was announced that Channel 4 had agreed to a sub-licencing agreement with Sky, under which it will broadcast free-to-air highlights of all races, and live coverage of the British Grand Prix.
As a condition of the deal, Channel 4 agreed to give Sky the right to carry full series of its drama programming including its curated foreign dramas collection Walter Presents on its on-demand platforms.
In exchange, Sky also sold a free-to-air run of its own drama Tin Star to Channel 4.