Sky UK has confirmed it is introducing high dynamic range (HDR) to its coverage of Formula 1 during the 2022 season.
Jonathan Licht, managing director of Sky Sports said:“We are pleased to bring the 2022 Formula 1 season to life in a way fans won’t have experienced before. The stunning picture quality offered through HDR will make viewing the new Formula 1 season even more exciting and impactful than ever.
“As the exclusive home of live Formula 1 in the UK and Ireland we will bring Sky customers the drama from every circuit around the world straight into the comfort of their own homes.”
Sky Deutschland has also said it will be showing races in UHD/HDR quality. In a press release, the broadcaster said: “All races and selected qualifying sessions are also available in ultra-sharp Ultra HD HDR image quality.
“In addition, Sky will double the number of live hours in UHD and will in future broadcast selected race weekends completely in the best UHD picture quality,” added the release.
Formula 1 began testing HDR on its broadcasts during 2021, with the sport’s director of broadcast and media Dean Locke, telling TVBEurope it would be carrying out a proof of concept test at last summer’s British Grand Prix.
“We were very slow to HD, because we had a very good SD, and we didn’t really have a lot of our broadcast partners who were asking for it, and we went really early to UHD, because we did have broadcast partners asking for it,” Locke said.
“We’ve been looking at HDR for a while. We think Formula 1 will look incredibly good and engaging in HDR, and quite a few of our broadcast partners are asking us to look at it.”