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Sky to launch dedicated Sky Sports F1 HD channel for 2012

BSkyB reveals that to make the most of its upcoming F1 coverage a channel dedicated to the sport will be launched for Sports and HD subscribers.


Having secured the rights to broadcast the full 2012 Formula 1 season broadcasting behemoth Sky has revealed it is to launch an all new HD channel dedicated to the high octane sport.

Launching in March the newly unveiled Sky Sports F1 HD channel will offer unparalleled Formula 1 content with the full 20 race calendar season to be broadcast live and uninterrupted with race coverage to be bolstered by full practice and qualifying sessions as well as a host of new and exclusive content.

Sky Sports F1 HD Channel

Set to launch as channel 408 the new F1 dedicated Sky channel will be made available at no extra cost to those customers who subscribe to the Sky HD pack or combination of Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 channels.

“Formula 1 followers are hungry for more and we want to give them the ultimate experience,” said Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports announcing the new channel. “It’s not just every minute of every race but a channel devoted to Formula 1.

“We can now tell the whole story of the season, from every Grand Prix, from start to finish.  Formula 1 will get the full Sky Sports treatment.  We have big plans for live shows and a rich line-up of Formula 1 programmes; getting to the drivers, exploring the technology and lapping up the drama. “

Are you looking forward to a dedicated Sky Sports F1 HD channel or still disappointed that the world’s flagship motorsport will no longer see all live races broadcast on the Beeb? Let us know via the comments box below.

Grid penalty for Maldonado in Abu Dhabi

 Williams’ Pastor Maldonado is set to drop ten places on the grid at the forthcoming 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Maldonado will have to use his ninth engine of the season at Yas Marina.

The rules state that each driver may use no more than eight V8s during a championship campaign and, if they do need to use additional units, they will incur a grid penalty.

But the damage inflicted on the Venezuelan’s eighth engine, following the gearbox failure that led to his early retirement in India at the weekend, means he will have to make use of a ninth engine in Abu Dhabi.


Metallica: India gig organisers arrested

Four organisers of a planned Indian gig by US rock group Metallica have been arrested after the show was called off, leading fans to smash up the stage.

The band had been due to play in Delhi on Friday. They said the concert was postponed after a security barrier in front of the stage collapsed.

Dozens of angry fans then raided the stage and vandalised equipment.

Police said on Sunday that four executives of DNA Entertainment Network were arrested on fraud charges.

Alok Mittal, joint commissioner of police in Gurgaon, near Delhi, told the AFP news agency a member of the public had made a complaint after DNA Entertainment Network refused to refund the ticket money.

DNA has posted details of how to obtain refunds on its website.

Reports suggest that some 25,000 people were waiting to watch the band when it was called off.

The Times of India said fans then vandalised the sound systems and threw bottles at the LED display screens.

Safety concern

Organisers tried to rearrange the show for the following day but were unable to get the required permit in time.

The band issued a statement saying they were “notified that there was a serious question as to whether the show could proceed with regard to the safety of the concert audience”.

"And our first and foremost concern is always for the safety of you, the fans," they said.

"Once we, along with DNA, the promoters of the show, determined that there was a failure of a security barricade in front of the stage that could not be adequately repaired, the promoter reluctantly announced the postponement of the show until Saturday.

"Unfortunately, on such short notice the promoters were unable to secure a permit for a show on Saturday."

The concert was due to be Metallica’s first show in India and was timed to tie in with the inaugural Indian Formula One Grand Prix. The group are due to play in Bangalore on Sunday.

(Source: BBC)

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