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Sky has revealed its plans for the next Formula 1 season, and they look like a treat for fans.

As well as 4K coverage galore, the broadcaster will offer a range of virtual reality experiences and superior audio thanks to exclusive sound modes.

The action gets going this weekend. Excited? Here's why you should be.

1 More 4K

sky q split-screen f1

Sky is broadcasting all 21 race weekends in 4K (aka Ultra HD or UHD). That includes every practice session, qualifying race and the race itself.

4K has four times as many pixels as high definition. To see the benefit you'll need Sky Q, and a 4K-compatible telly.

4K isn't available on Now TV, so if you're watching on Sky's subscription-free streaming service, you'll have to go without.

2 Better sound

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Sky has also fine-tuned the sound, if you're willing to pay for the Sky Soundbox speaker.

This comes with Sky Q Sound, which is a range of exclusive sound modes that automatically adjust the audio settings for Sky's entertainment and sport offerings. These include Formula 1.

The upshot of this is that you'll get the best sound for whichever channel you're on without having to delve into your audio settings. Which is great, because no one wants to do that.

Sky Soundbox is made by Devialet, a high-end French speaker brand which has a good reputation for making fine acoustics. In our review, we found it a might impressive piece of home cinema kit. It costs £299 for Sky subscribers, or £249 for those with Sky Q Multiscreen. For everyone else, it's £799.

3 Virtual reality

Sky VR virtual reality formula 1

Sky is promising more virtual reality content too, available through its Sky VR app for a range of devices.

Films include exclusive behind-the-scenes access from Team McLaren and Mercedes as they undergo pre-season testing in Barcelona.

We're promised more VR content as the season progresses. There's no word on exactly what it will be, but expect more of the same.

4 More ways to watch

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While you'll get the best viewing experience from the sofa in front of your Sky Q box and massive TV, you're not limited to the lounge. You can also watch on your mobile device using the Sky Go and Sky Sports apps.

That means no more missing the action just because of a pesky family gathering.

5 It starts soon

There's not long to wait – the season starts this weekend, with the Australian Grand Prix on 25th March. That's this Sunday.

Will you be watching?

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