The deal includes an affiliate agreement with Murdoch-controlled SKY Sports UK to simulcast its Formula One coverage and commentary.
FOX Sports will broadcast all 20 events in the FIA Formula One World Championship Race Calendar Live and in High Definition – including every practice, qualifying and race – a first for Australian viewers, beginning with the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 12.
Network TEN will simulcast 10 races live, including the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The remainder will be shown as one-hour highlight packages on Monday nights.
FOX Sports CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “This is a monumental deal for F1 fans and is in line with our V8 Supercars and MotoGP arrangements, bringing Australian viewers through FOX Sports on Foxtel Live coverage of every practice, qualifying and Championship Race from this season.
“On top of this, we have reached an extraordinary affiliate agreement with SKY to deliver through FOX Sports the same incredible Formula 1 coverage which is provided by SKY Sports in the UK.
“With Live coverage of every F1 event joining V8 Supercars and MotoGP on FOX Sports in 2015, fans will see the very best motorsport in the world, all Live and in High Definition.
Foxtel CEO, Richard Freudenstein, said: “This announcement is great news for motorsports fans and terrific for Foxtel. Together with FOX Sports we have worked hard to build a truly comprehensive motor sports portfolio and F1 is, of course, an absolute jewel in the crown.
“Not only will fans see all the races live but we will add unrivalled behind the scenes experiences and the most expert commentary available. Fans of motor racing will be thrilled with what they can see if they subscribe to Foxtel’s sports package.”
In 2015, FOX Sports has more Live motorsport than anywhere else, with Live and High Definition coverage of:
• Formula 1 – every practice, all qualifying sessions, and every FIA Formula One World Championship Race
• V8 Supercars – every practice, all qualifying sessions, and every V8 Supercars Championship Race
• MotoGP – all qualifying practices, practice sessions and all MotoGP World Championship Races, plus Moto2 & Moto3 categories
• FIM Superbike World Championship – Exclusively Live coverage
• NASCAR – Every race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series
• World Rally Championship – Exclusive coverage
• Verizon IndyCar Series – Exclusively Live coverage
Live access to FOX Sports’ complete Formula 1 offering will also be available to Foxtel sports subscribers on Foxtel Go and Foxtel Play. FOX Sports is available to Foxtel sports subscribers.
2015 FIA Formula One World Championship Calendar
1. March 13-15: Melbourne, Australia
2. March 27-29: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3. April 10-12: Shanghai, China
4. April 17-19: Sakhir, Bahrain
5. May 8-10: Catalunya, Spain
6. May 22-24: Monte Carlo, Monaco
7. June 5-7: Montreal, Canada
8. June 19-21: Spielberg, Austria
9. July 3-5: Silverstone, Great Britain
10. July 17-19: TBA, Germany
11. July 24-26: Budapest, Hungary
12.August 21-23: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
13.September 4-6: Monza, Italy
14.September 18-20: Singapore
15.September 25-27: Suzuka, Japan
16. October 9-11: Sochi, Russia
17. October 23-25: Austin, United States
18. October 30-November 1: Mexico City, Mexico (New event in 2015)
19. November 13-15: Sao Paulo, Brazil
20. November 27-29: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi