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Sky will show the first two races of the 2017 Formula 1 season exclusively live, the broadcaster has announced.

In total, it will have exclusive live rights to 10 of the 20 races. These are: Australia on 26th March, China on 9th April, Spain on 14th May, Canada on 11th June, Austria on 9th July, Hungary on 30th July, Italy on 3rd September, Japan on 8th October, Mexico on 29th October and the penultimate race of the season, Brazil on 12th November.

The remainder will be shown live on Sky and Channel 4. But from 2019, Sky will have exclusive broadcast rights to all races.

Sky will show the races on Sky Sports F1, its dedicated Formula 1 channel. Each will be broadcast in 4K (aka UHD, or Ultra High Definition), a picture resolution that's four times sharper than High Definition. In order to watch in 4K, you'll need the Sky Q 2TB Box (called Sky Q Silver when it launched) and a 4K TV.

Martin Turner, Sky Sports head of Formula 1, said Sky's technology would make F1 more exciting.

"With UHD, it's Formula 1 like you've never seen it before," he said. "It will be the hardest, fastest, loudest season in years with new rules, new cars, new engines and new, massive tyres. From the opening Grand Prix of the year to the season's home stretch, Sky Sports F1 remains the definitive place for fans to see every twist and turn of the season."

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