Sky Sports’ new, dedicated F1 channel launches on 9 March, in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. A new mobile audio production control room has been added to Formula One Management’s travelling entourage to make sure viewers in the UK and Ireland get a listening experience that matches the HD pictures. It’s a first for the sport.
According to commentator, Martin Brundle:
“Formula 1 in Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound is seriously impressive, it’s so much closer to the real experience from inside the cockpit or being at the side of the racetrack. It even picks up atmosphere from the crowd and I’m confident the viewer will notice a much greater intensity and spectacle.”
Sky’s Executive Producer for F1, Martin Turner, agrees:
“For the first time viewers can hear the drama of F1 as well as see it. The stunning HD pictures will now be matched by stunning Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound audio that will help take our viewers trackside. This is another example of us giving F1 the Sky Sports treatment and I know those that hear the coverage will be amazed by it.”
Martin Brundle’s co-commentator is David Croft, while expert analysis is provided by former World Champion Damon Hill, Anthony Davidson, Ted Kravitz and Natalie Pinkham. As well as the main coverage, via the Red Button, fans can access pictures from on-board cameras, go behind the scenes with the teams in the pits, and follow race data.